Salisbury takes 66-41 CAC win over PSU-Harrisburg to keep clean record at home

Salisbury takes 66-41 CAC win over PSU-Harrisburg to keep clean record at home

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team defeated Penn State University-Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon at Maggs Physical Activities Center, 66-41, in Capital Athletic Conference action, improving to 6-0 at home this season.

The Sea Gulls jumped out to a 10-0 lead with their opening run, starting with a three-pointer from junior guard Courtney McManus for the first points of the game.

SU's defense forced three Lions' turnovers during the stretch, and junior guards Anna Hackett and Sarah Seipp both gathered steals.

After McManus' three, Hackett hit a jumper, Seipp scored a layup and a free throw, and Hackett added a layup to complete the run.

With the help of threes from Seipp and freshman guard Lauren Rothfeld, the Gulls would build their lead to 20-2 before the Lions would score their second basket.

The Salisbury defense stifled Harrisburg's attack, only giving up 12 points in the first 12 minutes of the first period.

With 8:01 left in the half and holding a 26-12 lead, junior forward Melanie Mocniak made a layup before Hackett drained consecutive threes. The shots put Hackett's halftime total at a team-high 14 points, and she led the team with 18 in the game.

At halftime, Salisbury led the Lions, 39-21, with the defense forcing 18 turnovers and holding Harrisburg to 38.5 percent from the floor.

The second half opened on an 8-0 run for the Gulls on four layups pushing the lead to 47-21; Hackett made two, while sophomore forward Kathy Albornoz and junior forward Becca Himes each added one. Salisbury continued its strong play, outscoring the Lions, 17-7, in the first 10 minutes of the period.

Hackett and Rothfeld both netted four points in the second half to lead the scoring, and the defense forced 14 more turnovers, making the total 32 for the game, as the Gulls took their sixth CAC win of the season.

Seipp led the team with six assists and added 14 points, and Himes and sophomore guard Meagan Price tied for the team high with three rebounds each.

Salisbury will travel to St. Mary's College of Maryland for its next game, taking on the Seahawks in a 6 p.m. CAC matchup.