SALISBURY, Md. – Snapping a 22-game losing streak against the University of Mary Washington, dating back to Jan. 24, 2004, the Salisbury University women's basketball team earned a win in its first home game of 2014 with a 51-39 victory over the Eagles Wednesday night.
Junior guard Anna Hackett paced the Sea Gulls with 20 points, with 16 of them coming in the second half, and the SU defense stiffened up to only allow 15 UMW points in the second period, holding the Eagles to 24 percent from the field.
Trailing by one point, 24-23, at halftime, Salisbury came out firing after the break; junior guard Sarah Seipp drained two-consecutive three-pointers to spark a 15-4 run, giving SU the 38-28 lead. Hackett scored eight points in the run, while Seipp added seven.
The closest that Mary Washington would get for the rest of the game was within six points, 42-36, at the 8:58 mark. From there, the Sea Gulls only allowed three more UMW points, ending the game on a 9-3 run.
Salisbury's defense blanketed Mary Washington during the entire game, causing 26 turnovers and only allowing 28 percent from the floor.
The Sea Gulls started the game on a 12-5 run, taking an early lead. Junior forward Becca Himes scored the team's first four points on layups for a 4-2 lead.
UMW regained the lead, 5-4, but two free throws from sophomore forward Julia McLaughlin and buckets from Seipp and Hackett rebuilt SU's lead to 10-5. Junior forward Melanie Mocniak hit a jumper to complete the stretch.
Mary Washington ended the half on a 19-13 advantage to take the one-point halftime lead before the Gulls would take over in the second half.
Seipp finished second on the team with 12 points, as the only other Gull in double figures, Hackett led with six rebounds and McLaughlin had the team high with four assists.
Salisbury will hit the road for its next game on Saturday against York College of Pennsylvania; the contest is set for 1 p.m.