Sea Gulls fall to No. 13 Captains in CAC game, 68-52

Sea Gulls fall to No. 13 Captains in CAC game, 68-52

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team fell to No. 13 Christopher Newport University on Wednesday night at Maggs Physical Activities Center, 68-52, in Capital Athletic Conference action.

After falling behind, 4-0, in the opening minutes, junior guard Sarah Seipp drained a three-pointer for her first points to get the Sea Gulls back within one; Seipp would lead the team with 16 points and five steals, tying a career high, on the evening.

The Captains rebuilt the lead to seven points, 10-3, but a steal from Seipp led to a layup from junior guard Anna Hackett, followed by another CNU turnover and subsequent Hackett layup, allowing SU to cut the lead again.

The tandem combined for Salisbury's first 14 points to keep the Gulls within reach, despite CNU building an early double-digit lead.

Layups from junior forwards Aleisha Hobbs and Melanie Mocniak and a free throw from Seipp helped to chip into the lead, as the Sea Gulls went into halftime trailing 34-23.

After the break, Hobbs made another layup to start the second half and a 13-9 run for Salisbury to cut the Captains' lead to seven, 43-36. The Sea Gulls outrebounded Christopher Newport, 8-5, but were unable to capitalize on second-chance opportunites to cut further into the lead, as Seipp drilled a three and added two layups and a free throw to lead SU with eight points during the stretch.

Despite a 16-3 run for CNU that increased the lead to 59-39, Salisbury made one final push in the last six minutes of the game. Hackett started a 13-9 ending run for the Sea Gulls with a layup, and Seipp followed with another layup after a Captain turnover.

Hackett added a three to lead the run with five points, and freshman guard Lauren Rothfeld converted two layups for four points before Christopher Newport would take the win.

Hackett finished the game with 14 points, and sophomore forward Kathy Albornoz led the team with seven rebounds on the night.

Salisbury looks to get back in the win column as it travels to University of Mary Washington on Saturday for a 1 p.m., CAC matchup; the Gulls defeated the Eagles, 51-39, earlier this season.

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