SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team picked up its fifth-home win on Monday with a 67-31 victory over Southern Virginia University at Maggs Physical Activities Center; the Sea Gulls are now 5-0 at home.
Southern Virginia took an early lead, 4-0, with a layup and two free throws, but a jumper from junior guard Anna Hackett got Salisbury on the scoreboard and started an 8-2 stretch to take the first lead for SU.
Junior guard Courtney McManus, the team leader with seven points in the first half, hit the jump shot to give the Gulls the lead, 8-6.
The first half remained close through the first 14 minutes, but Salisbury was able to take control after a layup by Hackett, followed by a Knights' turnover, forced an SVU timeout at the 6:09 mark.
Leading 18-15, the Sea Gulls ended the half on a 15-2 run and took a 33-17 advantage into the break, with nine different players scoring.
Junior guard Sarah Seipp hit a three-pointer and a layup to power the Gulls with five points in the stretch, while senior guard Kelsey Verica and junior forward Melanie Mocniak both scored four points.
Salisbury's offense stayed hot in the second half, outscoring the Knights, 24-5, in the first 10:30 of the half to open a 25-point lead; the Sea Gull defense only allowed 14 total points in the period and forced 32 turnovers for the game.
Seipp, who led the team with 14 points in the game, scored nine-straight points in the stretch from the 16:30 mark to the 13:59 mark, helping to build the lead.
Junior forward Becca Himes netted a jumper to start the stretch with the Sea Gulls' first points of the half, and sophomore forward Kathy Albornoz added the next three points on a jumper and a free throw before Seipp's outburst.
Verica added another four points during the opening run on four free throws, setting a season high with eight points in the game.
Salisbury was led in the final 10 minutes of the half by junior guard Alexis Perno with eight points by netting two threes and a layup; she set a career high in points with the effort.
Seipp also had a team-high three assists, while Albornoz led with seven rebounds.
The Sea Gulls take to the road for their next game, traveling to Marymount (Va.) University for a Capital Athletic Conference matchup with the Saints on Wednesday; the game is set for 6 p.m.