Hackett moves up career assists list; Seipp grabs career high in steals as Gulls defeat Wesley, 55-36

Hackett moves up career assists list; Seipp grabs career high in steals as Gulls defeat Wesley, 55-36

DOVER, Del. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team picked up another Capital Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday night, defeating Wesley College, 55-36, on the road.

Salisbury (7-6, 4-2 CAC) opened the game on a 9-3 run to take an early lead, with sophomore forward Julia McLaughlin scoring four points, including the first points of the game. Junior guard Sarah Seipp added a three-point shot in the stretch.

The Wolverines (3-10, 0-6 CAC) cut the Gulls' lead to one point, but another three by Seipp kept the lead for SU, which it held for the entire half; Seipp scored a team-high 16 points in the game, while netting 10 in the first half.

After having their lead cut back down to within two, the Sea Gulls put their foot on the gas and went on a 15-2 tear to end the period. Freshman guard Lauren Rothfeld started the stretch with a three, and she led the Gulls with five points in the run.

Junior guard Anna Hackett and Seipp netted two layups each to help power the spurt, as Salisbury took a 30-15 lead into halftime.

After the break, Wesley opened with the first four points of the half, but junior forward Becca Himes and Seipp combined for the next eight Sea Gull points, as Salisbury continued to build its lead to 38-21.

From there, the Gulls took a 12-5 run to build a 20-plus point lead at 50-26. Hackett scored five points in the spurt, including a three-pointer.

Salisbury complemented its offense with a strong defensive effort, forcing 33 turnovers in the game, allowing the team to take the decisive victory.

Hackett finished second on the team with 13 points and had a team-high nine assists; Hackett now sits at No. 6 in the career leaders in the program with 312 assists, surpassing former Sea Gull Chante' McKinney's 307. 

Seipp also led the team with seven steals, setting a career-high with the Sea Gulls, and McLaughlin led with five rebounds.

Salisbury returns home for its next game, hosting Frostburg State University on Saturday; the game is set for 1 p.m.

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