Sea Gulls down Wesley, Seipp continues to produce career numbers

Sea Gulls down Wesley, Seipp continues to produce career numbers

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team celebrated its Play 4Kay night on Wednesday night at Maggs Physical Activities Center with a 64-58 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Wesley College.

Salisbury opened the game with 10-straight points to take an early double-digit lead, after junior guard Sarah Seipp made a layup and a free throw after a foul to open the scoring. The Gaithersburg, Md., native scored eight of the team's first 10 points and led the Gulls with 16 points in the game.

After building the lead to 20-8, the Wolverines began chipping away with a 9-4 run to cut the Sea Gulls' advantage to 24-17.

Despite Wesley's push, SU ended the half with 13-straight points to rebuilds it lead and go into halftime ahead 37-17.

Sophomore forward Julia McLaughlin nailed a jumper to start the half-ending run, before junior guard Courtney McManus drained a three-pointer helping to spark the stretch.

McLaughlin scored four points in the closing minutes to lead Salisbury in the run, hitting another jumper just before sophomore forward Kathy Albornoz would close the half with a layup.

The second half began with another McManus long-range shot to give the Gulls a 23-point lead, but Wesley cut into the lead again with a 13-5 run, getting the score to 45-30; Brionna Johnson scored seven points during the spurt for Wesley.

After taking a foul, junior forward Melanie Mocniak made two free throws, and junior guard Anna Hackett followed with a shot from behind the arc to get back to a 20-point lead, 50-30.

Wesley continued to fight back in the second half, eventually cutting Salisbury lead down to nine points, 54-45, on a three from Roniece Williams, who led all scorers with 21 points in the contest.

McManus hit another three to push Salisbury's lead back to double figures, 57-47, and two free throws from Seipp increased the lead; Seipp would hit another shot in the final minutes, helping the Sea Gulls hold on for the win.

In addition to leading the team in points, Seipp led the team with a career-high 11 rebounds, another career-high seven assists and four steals.

Salisbury now looks forward to its next matchup at home on Saturday against No. 10 York College of Pennsylvania; the game is set for 2 p.m., as it will also be the Gulls' senior day.

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