Rothfeld sets career high, Hackett leads with 17 in SU's 79-37 victory at Southern Virginia

Rothfeld sets career high, Hackett leads with 17 in SU's 79-37 victory at Southern Virginia

BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team went on the road on Saturday against Southern Virginia University to take a 79-37 win over the Knights; the victory was the third-straight and eighth in the past 10 games for the Sea Gulls.

Junior guards Anna Hackett and Sarah Seipp both reached double figures in the first half with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Seipp got the Salisbury offense going immediately, grabbing the opening tip and pushing the ball for a layup. Following an SVU miss, Hackett got her first points on a jumper in the Gulls' next possession for a quick 4-0 lead.

Southern Virginia kept the scoring close in the open minutes, tying the game, 7-7, at the 15:44 mark, but a jumper from junior forward Becca Himes, followed by a steal from freshman guard Lauren Rothfeld, that led to a Seipp layup, regained the lead for SU and started a 12-2 Sea Gull run.

Junior forward Aleisha Hobbs hit a jumper after another steal by Rothfeld before Hackett would jump in front of another Southern Virginia pass on the ensuing possession and hit a jumper to complete the spurt and give Salisbury a 19-9 lead.

The Knights cut the lead back down to 22-15, but in the final seven minutes of the half the Sea Gulls went on a 20-4 run to open a 44-19 lead at the break.

Another basket from Himes started the stretch, and Rothfeld would nail two threes, while leading the team with 10 points in the run, as the third Sea Gull with double-digit scoring in the half.

Senior guard Kelsey Verica also added a shot from long range, and the SU defense gathered up five more steal while building the commanding lead.

Hackett opened the scoring in the second half with a jump shot; she finished the game with 17 points to lead the team.

Salisbury continued to build on its lead in the second half, starting the period on a 15-3 run, with Rothfeld and Hackett both scoring four in the spurt; with those points, Rothfeld set a career high with 14 in the contest, as the Sea Gulls were able to continue on to the win and sweep the season-series with the Knights.

While leading the team in scoring, Hackett also posted a team-high four assists; Seipp led the team with four steals and Himes pulled down six rebounds to lead the squad.

Salisbury returns home on Wednesday to host a Capital Athletic Conference game against Christopher Newport University; the contest is set for 5:30 p.m.

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