SU comeback falls short against York in CAC finale, 62-51

SU comeback falls short against York in CAC finale, 62-51

SALISBURY, Md. -- The Salisbury University women's basketball team gave second-place York (Pa.) College a scare on Saturday, but fell, 62-51, in Capital Athletic Conference action at Maggs Physical Activities Center.

York (21-4, 14-2 CAC) led by as many as 19, 50-31 with 10:22 left in the game before SU (14-10, 11-5) whittled the Spartans' advantage to 51-43 on a free throw from freshman Anna Hackett at the 5:43 mark.

Salisbury used a 9-0 run to cut the York lead to 10. Junior Nicole Sisco started things with two from the line midway through the half and classmate Katie McGahagan followed with a three-point play with 9:25 to play to shave the York edge to 50-36. Junior Cinthia Ruiz scored the game's next four points to make it a 50-40 game.

After the Hackett free throw made it a nine-point game, York's Kristin Haley and Brittany Hicks connected on consecutive baskets to push the deficit back to double digits at 55-43 with 3:43 left.

McGahagan responded with a three-pointer from Hackett with 2:09 remaining but the Spartans knocked down 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

McGahagan and Ruiz each scored 14 points to lead Salisbury. McGahagan also grabbed nine rebounds and Ruiz had four rebounds and one assist.

Ruiz put the Sea Gulls on the scoreboard just over a minute into the game and gave SU a 3-2 lead. The Spartans, though, scored the next nine to open an 11-3 advantage at the 15:39 mark.

McGahagan tallied a pair of free throws on the next possession to get SU within 11-5, the closest it got the rest of the half.

York made a 9-3 run to claim a 29-14 lead on a Haley jumper with just under five minutes left in the half. York went into the break leading, 33-21.

Hackett scored 10 points and added four assists and one steal.

Hicks scored a game-high 17 points to lead a group of four Spartans in double figures. Haley collected a double-double of 13 and 10 boards.

The game marked the final regular-season home contest for seniors KC Curran, Milan Dry and Meghan Dunn. Dunn, the only one of the three healthy, had seven rebounds two blocks and a steal, playing all 40 minutes.

The third-seeded Sea Gulls host No. 6 Stevenson University in the first round of the CAC tournament on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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