McLaughlin scores career-best 21 points, Hackett adds 26 as Sea Gulls take down Bobcats, 74-69

FROSTBURG, Md.  – Sophomore Anna Hackett scored a team-high 26 points in the Salisbury University women's basketball team's victory over Capital Athletic Conference foe Frostburg State University on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Julia McLaughlin added a career-best 21 points in the 74-69 win over the Bobcats.

McLaughlin helped Salisbury (11-11, 5-5 CAC) go on a 16-0 run after the Bobcats took their only lead of the day. It was the freshman's layup that put SU in control of the contest, 4-3, as the Sea Gulls went up 18-3 before Bobbi McDonald cut the Salisbury lead to 18-5 with 10 minutes to play.

The Sea Gulls caused 13 Bobcat turnovers, six during their 16-0 run, in the first 20 minutes, scoring 18 points off turnovers alone and 24 points in the paint.

With five minutes left before the break, McLaughlin's jumper gave the maroon and gold its largest lead of the day, 29-10, off an assist from Hackett. McLaughlin scored 14 points in the first half with two blocks.

SU's defense dominated Frostburg before the break, picking up 15 defensive rebounds, as the Bobcats shot just 18.5 percent from the floor.

Frostburg (6-17, 2-8) cut Salisbury's 39-22 halftime edge to 41-32 as Courtney Young drew a foul and converted the three-point play.

Junior Kelsey Verica's layup from freshman Kathy Albornoz gave the Sea Gulls their largest cushion of the half, 49-34, with 14 minutes to play before Frostburg went on an eight-point run with under five minutes to play when a basket by Stephanie Straka brought the score within one, 67-66.

With 43 seconds remaining, sophomore Courtney McManus hit a big three followed by freshman Kayla Toole sinking two shots from the stripe to increase the lead to 72-66, but with 16 seconds to go Straka hit a three of her own to bring the game within one possession, 72-69.

Hackett would hit both attempts at the line with just 11 seconds to go to give SU the 74-69 win. Salisbury went 20-for-21 from the free-throw line, hitting all seven attempts in the second half.

The Sea Gulls ended the game shooting 47.3 percent from the floor and 95.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Salisbury will continue on the road against Trinity (D.C.) University in its final non-conference game of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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