Sisco, McGahagan power SU past Hood, 62-38

Sisco, McGahagan power SU past Hood, 62-38

SALISBURY, Md. – Junior Nicole Sisco recorded 14 points, 12 rebounds, eight steals, six blocks and four assists as the Salisbury University women's basketball team defeated Hood College, 62-38, in Capital Athletic Conference action at Maggs Physical Activities Center on Wednesday.

Sisco shot 7-for-16 and grabbed seven defensive rebounds en route to her second consecutive double-double.

Classmate Katie McGahagan, the reigning CAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week, posted her team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 boards as SU (14-9, 11-4 CAC) won its third straight game.

With the game tied, 14-14 11 minutes in, Salisbury used an 8-0 run to take the lead for good. McGahagan and Sisco each had four points in the stretch, which ended with the Sea Gulls leading, 22-14, with 6:27 to play.

Hood (6-18, 2-14) closed to within 22-19 with free throws by Jessica Talley and a three-point play by Heather Boyce with 5:41 remaining, but SU responded another six in a row to regain control.

Freshman Anna Hackett had a pair of free throws and a jumper from classmate Alexis Perno to open a 26-19 lead with 3:37 left. Sisco added a layup from Hackett on the next possession before Hood's Emily Maerz temporarily halted the run with a three-pointer to make it 28-22 with 2:25 left in the half.

Hackett finished with 14 points, eight assists and two steals.

McGahagan scored the final five points of the half, including a three-point with four seconds left.

The lead grew to 21 points at 48-27 at the 14:11 mark when junior Cinthia Ruiz knocked down a three. Freshman Whitney Kolakowski extended the Salisbury edge to its largest of the night, converting a layup off of an offensive rebound with 4:22 to play, to make it 60-31.

Salisbury forced the Blazers into 26 turnovers for 25 points and outrebounded the visitors, 44-29, including 19-8 on the offensive glass.

Talley led Hood with 12 points while Rachel Wiley registered a team-high seven rebounds.

SU closes its regular-season slate against York (Pa.) College on Saturday. Tip-off on Senior Day is slated for 2 p.m.

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