GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Sophomore forward Aleisha Hobbs scored a team-high 14 points as the Salisbury University women's basketball team fell to Gwynedd-Mercy College in its first game of the Days Inn Tournament hosted by Gettysburg College, 70-66.
Down by five in the opening minutes, Salisbury (5-6) hit its first bucket of the contest by the way of junior forward Becca Himes to spark the Sea Gull offense. The Gulls moved within three points of Gwynedd-Mercy, 9-6, with 15 minutes to play as a steal by sophomore point guard Anna Hackett set up classmate Courtney McManus who converted a shot from long range.
The Griffins (7-3) would take a 22-10 advantage with under nine minutes to play but tough defensive pressure and a made free throw by Hobbs shifted the game's momentum as SU went on a 12-point run. Hackett's jumper with 3:55 remaining in the first half tied the game at 22 points each.
The momentum would switch hands again as Gwynedd-Mercy went into haltime with a 10-point lead over the Sea Gulls, 34-24.
In the final half, the Sea Gulls found themselves trying to overcome the Griffins edge that took them into the half. Salisbury would get as close as three points, 65-62, with one minute to play as Hackett laid two in off the glass but that would be as close as SU would get.
Hobbs led the Gulls with a career-high 14 points, converting six of 10 shots from the floor and going 2-for-3 at the free-throw line. Hackett finished the game with 12 points playing all 40 minutes while adding seven assists and three steals. Sophomore point guard Maggie King went 5-for-12 from the floor for 12 points, with three rebounds and three assists.
For the Griffins, Shea Wassel scored 20 points with 19 rebounds while Nicole Doughery put up 15 points and six assists.
Salisbury will face Alvernia University, which fell to Gettysburg College, 62-50, in the consolation game at 2 p.m., on Thursday.