FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team outlasted the University of Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon, 84-79, in a double-overtime thriller to improve to 8-4 in the Capital Athletic Conference and sweep the regular-season series with the Eagles.
Junior guard Sarah Seipp set a career high with 32 points and tied two career highs with 10 rebounds and five steals to lead the way for the Sea Gulls.
Mary Washington got on the board first, but Seipp answered with a jumper, assisted by junior guard Anna Hackett, to open the scoring for the Gulls.
SU fell into an early 11-5 deficit, but junior forward Becca Himes came off the bench to provide a spark, starting an 8-0 run with a layup to get Salisbury the lead, 13-11. Himes scored all six of her first-half points in the stretch to lead the Sea Gulls.
After holding the lead for the next seven minutes, Salisbury fell behind 21-18 with 3:28 left in the half after an 8-0 UMW run. However, a 10-4 spurt regained the lead for Salisbury, 28-25, with Seipp draining six free throws in the final minutes; the Gaithersburg, Md., native lived at the line, making 9-of-12 in the first half and 15-of-28 in the game.
A late Eagles' three tied the game, 28-28, heading into halftime.
Salisbury opened the second half with Seipp and Hackett making jumpers to regain the lead, 32-28. After not scoring in the first half, Hackett came alive to score 16 points in the rest of the game, including 10 in the overtime periods.
The game remained close throughout the second period, but in the final 6:45, the Sea Gulls looked to pull away. With the score tied, 49-49, Salisbury took an 11-6 run to a five-point lead with 1:13 left in the game.
During the spurt, Salisbury was clutch from the charity stripe, with Himes making three free throws, junior guard Courtney McManus and Hackett each making two and Seipp hitting one.
Despite SU gaining the lead, Mary Washington was able to fight back and force overtime, with regulation ending with the score, 61-61.
Hackett and junior forward Aleisha Hobbs led the Gulls through the first overtime period with six points each. After two Hackett free throws, Salisbury led 73-70 with only 22 seconds left, but a three-pointer from Brieneke Matthes, with six seconds left, tied the game and forced another extra period.
Seipp opened the second overtime with a three, beginning an 11-2 run that gave SU an 84-75 lead with 50 seconds left. The guard led SU with five points in the final period, allowing Salisbury to take the win.
Himes finished the game with 11 points, while Hobbs added eight; Hackett led the team with six assists.
The Sea Gulls will return home on Wednesday night, hosting Wesley College at 5:30 p.m.; Salisbury will be hosting its annual Play 4 Kay event during the game.