Sea Gull defense clamps down on Seahawks as Salisbury takes 65-40 win

Sea Gull defense clamps down on Seahawks as Salisbury takes 65-40 win

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team completed its regular-season series sweep of St. Mary's College of Maryland on Thursday evening, defeating the Seahawks 65-40 in Capital Athletic Conference play.

Salisbury opened the game on an 8-2 run to take an early lead. After securing the rebound on a Seahawks' miss, junior guard Anna Hackett pushed the ball up the court and found junior guard Sarah Seipp for a layup and the game's first points. Seipp would make another basket in the stretch to tally four quick points.

St. Mary's cut the lead to 8-5, but Salisbury put the pressure on with its press defense, coming up with seven steals in the next four minutes. Freshman Lauren Rothfeld gathered three, while Seipp and Hackett each grabbed two. 

Seipp's first steal produced a fast-break layup for Hackett, sparking a 19-2 run that opened up a 27-7 lead for the Sea Gulls; Hackett, who led the team with 13 points at halftime, scored nine during that stretch, including three off a shot from behind the arc.

Rothfeld and Seipp also added triples to help power the spurt.

Pulling in seven more steals in the half, SU's defense helped keep the lead for the Gulls, as the period ended on a 11-10 scoring stretch in favor of the Sea Gulls; the team took a 38-17 lead into the half.

St. Mary's hit a three to open the second half, but Seipp would answer with a three for Salisbury's first points, as she led the team with eight in the half and 17 in the game.

The Sea Gulls continued to build their lead in the second half, pushing it to as many as 29 with 11:15 left in the contest on a layup from Seipp, 53-24, before going on to the victory.

Hackett finished the game with 13 points and a team-high seven assists, while Seipp also gathered a team-high four steals. Junior forward Becca Himes grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Gulls.

Salisbury next travels to its second game against Southern Virginia University on Saturday for a 1 p.m., contest with the Knights; the Sea Gulls defeated the Knights, 67-31, earlier this season.

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