Defense gives up fewest points in one half since 2009, proves key in 63-45 win at Stevenson

Defense gives up fewest points in one half since 2009, proves key in 63-45 win at Stevenson

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team evened its record at 2-2, as the Sea Gulls defeated Stevenson University on Thursday night, 63-45, after only giving up 11 first-half points to the Mustangs.

The Salisbury defense kept the pressure on from the start, holding Stevenson to 34 percent shooting, 17 percent from three-point range, and forcing 27 turnovers in the game. The first half marks the fewest points given up in a half since Feb. 14, 2009 when SU limited Stevenson to 11 in the first half of that game, as well.

Junior guards, Anna Hackett and Sarah Seipp, combined for over half of the Sea Gulls' 63 points, with 20 and 16, respectively, while junior forward Becca Himes added 10.

SU came out of the gates on a 17-4 run to take a quick, double-digit lead, as Seipp hit three-consecutive shots, including two threes, to take the Gulls' lead from 5-4 to 13-4; she netted nine total points during the opening stretch.

The Sea Gulls kept their feet on the gas and pushed their lead to 26-8. Seipp hit another three-pointer, followed by a layup, and forwards, sophomore Julia McLaughlin and junior Melanie Mocniak, added a layup and a jumper, to create the 18-point lead.

After shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from behind the arc in the first half, Salisbury took a 34-11 lead into the break, with Hackett scoring six of the team's final eight points.

The Germantown, Md., native kept her hot hand to start the second half, scoring 10 of SU's first 12 points and giving the Gulls a 46-25 lead with 10:40 remaining.

In the final 10 minutes of the half, Salisbury was able to hold its lead to around a 20-point advantage, as the team shot 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in the closing minutes of the contest. Hackett, Himes, Seipp and McLaughlin all netted two, while junior forward Aleisha Hobbs added one.

McLaughlin added the Gulls' final four points, as she grabbed six of her eight points in the second half, taking Salisbury to the victory, while she tied Himes and Mocniak for a team-high six rebounds.

Salisbury will return home on Sunday for its home opener for 2013-14 with Catholic University of America coming to Maggs Physical Activities Center; the game is set for 2 p.m.

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