Sea Gulls take down Bobcats; Hackett honored for 1,000th point

Sea Gulls take down Bobcats; Hackett honored for 1,000th point

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team earned its fifth Capital Athletic Conference victory on Saturday, defeating Frostburg State University, 84-71, at Maggs Physical Activities Center.

Before the game, junior guard Anna Hackett was honored for joining the 1,000-point club during the Sea Gulls' game on Jan. 8 against University of Mary Washington. Following the ceremony, the Germantown, Md., native went on to lead the team with 25 points and six assists, while adding six rebounds in the game.

Salisbury (8-6, 5-2 CAC) took a 13-7 lead in the first seven minutes of the game, with Hackett scoring six points and junior guard Courtney McManus netting five, including one shot from behind the arc.

Frostburg was able to keep the score close throughout the entire half, only letting the Gulls take their largest lead at seven, 31-24. With the Bobcats (3-10, 1-6 CAC) leading, 22-21, a 10-4 run gave Salisbury the advantage. Junior forward Aleisha Hobbs led the team with four points with a layup and two free throws during the stretch.

Salisbury trailed again late in the half, 40-39, with 1:39 remaining, before a free throw by Hackett, who led all scorers with 16 points in the first period, and a layup by junior forward Becca Himes regained the lead; the Gulls took the 42-40 advantage into the break.

The opening minutes of the second half remained close before the Sea Gulls would open up a lead. With the score knotted, 48-48, a jumper from Hackett sparked a 9-0 run. McManus added another three in the spurt while juniors, guard Sarah Seipp and forward Melanie Mocniak, both netted scores.

Following two Seipp three-pointers and another Himes layup, SU was able to push the lead to double digits, 65-52.

The Gulls controlled the game from there, only allowing Frostburg to shoot 26.5 percent from the field and 15.4 percent from behind the arc in the second half. Hackett led the rest of the way with five points, while sophomore forward Kathy Albornoz scored four, and Mocniak and senior guard Kelsey Verica each added threes, allowing Salisbury to close out the victory. Freshman Theano Alvanos went 1-for-2 on a trip to the free-throw line in the second half, scoring her first career point.

Seipp finished the game second on the team with 13 points, and Himes had a team-high eight rebounds.

Salisbury will be back in action on Monday, as Southern Virginia University will come to Maggs PAC for a 1 p.m., matchup.

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