UNION, N.J. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team put together a dominant second half on Sunday against Oneonta State to come away with a 72-57 win at the Cougar Classic hosted by Kean University and earned first-year Head Coach Kelly Lewandowski her first career coaching victory.
The Sea Gulls (1-1) got 14 second-half points from sophomore Josie Hildebrand as Salisbury outscored Oneonta 46-32, including a 29-9 run that erased a nine-point deficit five minutes into the second half and put Lewandowski's squad up by 11 with just over six minutes remaining in the game.
Hildebrand scored 12 of her points during the run and finished with a game-high 18 points to go with six rebounds.
The Sea Gulls sealed the win with strong shooting from the free-throw line in the closing minutes, hitting nine of their last 12 attempts from the charity stripe. Junior Cinthia Ruiz was good on 4-of-6 free throws in the final five minutes as she was one of four Sea Gulls to finish in double figures. Ruiz had 10 points in the game while freshman Anna Hackett scored 11 points, pulled down eight rebounds, dished six assists and added three steals. Hackett, who scored 28 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists during the Cougar Classic, was named to the all-tournament team.
Salisbury opened the game on an 8-2 run before the Red Dragons (0-2) chipped away and grabbed their first lead of the game, 21-19, with 3:40 left in the first half. The Sea Gulls closed the first period on a run of their own to take a one-point lead into halftime but saved the biggest run of the day for the second half to earn the win.
Salisbury will play its first home game of the 2011-12 season on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when the Gulls host Christopher Newport University at Maggs Physical Activities Center beginning at 6 p.m.