BALTIMORE - The Salisbury University women's basketball team took its first loss of the season on Sunday, falling to Illinois Wesleyan University, 90-72, during the second day of the Johns Hopkins tournament.
The Sea Gulls were led by their backcourt tandem of junior guards Anna Hackett and Sarah Seipp, and both players were named to the all-tournament team for their play over the weekend. Seipp led SU (1-1) with 20 points, while Hackett followed with 18 points and led the team with eight assists.
The duo combined for the Gulls' first six points of the contest, as Salisbury took a 6-4 lead in the opening minutes of the game. The Titans retook the lead, 7-6, after Colleen McMahon, who led the team with 23 points, made a layup and a free throw after a foul on the shot.
Illinois Wesleyan (2-0) led for the majority of the half, but the Sea Gulls never trailed by more than five points before gaining the lead at halftime.
SU fought back constantly during the period, with juniors Melanie Mocniak and Becca Himes making key shots. Trailing 14-10, Mocniak hit a three-pointer, and following a Titan basket, Himes made a jumper to bring the Gulls back within one; the pair struck again, as the Sea Gulls trailed 29-24, but Himes made a layup, before another Mocniak three tied the score, 29-29.
With 2:03 left in the first half, the score was tied, 38-38, before Hackett stepped up to score six of Salisbury's final eight points of the period, and the Sea Gulls ended the half on an 8-4 run to take a 46-42 lead into the break.
Salisbury opened up its lead in the beginning of the second half to 57-46, with Seipp scoring seven points on a jumper, a layup and a three-pointer and Hackett and sophomore Julia McLaughlin both making baskets.
Illinois Wesleyan answered with a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 57-55, and, from there, the Titans outscored the Sea Gulls, 20-8, to take a 75-65 lead, before going on to the win.
Mocniak, with 11, was the third SU player in double-digit scoring, and McLaughlin led the team with seven rebounds, while adding eight points. SU shot 47.5 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from three for the game.
Salisbury now looks forward to its next matchup, as it will travel to Virginia Wesleyan College on Tuesday night; the game is set to begin at 7 p.m.