Sea Gulls match Marymount in second half, can't overcome Saints' first-half lead

Sea Gulls match Marymount in second half, can't overcome Saints' first-half lead

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team could not overcome the first-half lead by Marymount (Va.) University, as the Gulls took their second Capital Athletic Conference loss of the season on Wednesday evening, 63-43.

Sophomore Anna Hackett led the Sea Gulls in the first half with nine points, finishing the night with a team-high 15, going 5-for-9 from the floor with four assists.

Despite a 21-point deficit entering halftime, Salisbury (10-8, 4-2 CAC) was able to match the Saints offensively, hitting 44 percent of its shots, in the final period.

The Sea Gulls went on a five-point run ignited by junior Becca Himes, hitting a jumper with 10 minutes to play before sophomore Courtney McManus picked up a steal and was sent to the stripe where she put away both free-throw attempts, bringing the score to 47-29. Himes picked up a steal of her own seconds later and found junior Kelsey Verica, who drained her first of two three-pointers.

Himes finished with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals with Verica matching Himes' eight points, a career-best, going 3-for-5 from the floor.

Marymount (15-4, 5-1 CAC) got back on the board with a pair of free throws, but the Sea Gull offense went right back on the attack as Himes and Verica each put up two, followed by another Verica three, as the maroon and gold closed the scoring gap to 12, 51-39, with six minutes to play.

That would be as close as the Gulls would get, having outscored the Saints off the bench in the second half (12-0) and in the paint (14-12).

The Saints concluded the second half shooting 45 percent from the floor; 50 percent on the night. Marymount was led by Tynisha Parks, with 22 points, closely followed by Katelyn Fischer with 20.

Salisbury continues on the road as it heads to the University of Mary Washington for its second meeting of the season. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

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