February 13, 2013

SU clinches home CAC tournament contest defeating St. Mary's 68-48; McManus scores team-high 17 points

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team clinched a home game in next week's Capital Athletic Conference tournament with a 68-48 win against St. Mary's (Md.) College on Wednesday night.

Prior to the game, the team's lone senior, Katie McGahagan was honored as she was taking part in her final regular-season home game of her career. She made the most of the night, finishing with seven points and 17 rebounds.

Salisbury (13-11, 6-5 CAC) jumped out to an early 11-0 lead with two three-pointers from sophomore Courtney McManus, a layup by freshman Julia McLaughlin and another three from sophomore Maggie King.

St. Mary's (10-11, 4-7 CAC) scored its first basket five minutes into play as Joanna Murray pulled up from the left wing and hit the jumper.

After McGahagan tipped in a three-point attempt from sophomore Anna Hackett, McManus hit two consecutive shots from behind the arc, bringing the score to 21-2. Hackett scored seven points in the contest and added six assists and two steals.

The Sea Gulls were hot from the three-point line, hitting 8-of-11 attempts in the first half, finishing with a 58.8 shooting percentage behind the arc. McManus went 4-for-5 in the first 20 minutes, finishing with five long-distance shots and two free throws for 17 points, a team high.

Salisbury found itself ahead by 22 points with a minute to go in the half as McGahagan sank her own three for a 37-15 edge.

At the break, SU led 38-17 and continued their offensive onslaught in the second half.

The Seahawks would take the first bucket of the half by the way of Jasmine Jones jumper for two as the Sea Gulls hit the next five shots to increase the lead to 49-19 with 16 minutes to play.

Sophomore Lexi Kebetz pulled up from behind the arc and sank the shot from downtown to put SU ahead by 34 points, 60-26, before junior Kelsey Verica gave the Gulls their largest lead of the night putting two in off the glass, 64-28. Kebetz finished the contest with five points going 2-for-3 with two rebounds and two assists while Verica went 3-for-6 with seven points.

The Seahawks shot 44.8 percent from the floor in the second half but could not overcome the lead that the Sea Gulls held.

St. Mary's was lead by Sophie Pruden with 10 points and six boards.

Salisbury will hit the road for their last regular-season contest as they head up Route 13 to take on Wesley College at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.

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