Sea Gulls down No. 10 York on senior day, 79-69

Sea Gulls down No. 10 York on senior day, 79-69

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team came out victorious on senior day, handing York College of Pennsylvania its second loss of the season in a 79-69 upset of the No. 10 Spartans on Saturday at Maggs Physical Activities Center.

Junior guard Sarah Seipp put together another solid day for the Sea Gulls, leading the team with 24 points and six steals, while adding six rebounds, and junior guard Anna Hackett added 18 points and led the team with seven assists.

After falling behind 5-0 in the opening minutes, sophomore forward Kathy Albornoz got SU on the board with a jumper from freshman guard Lauren Rothfeld.

York was able to hold a lead for the majority of the first half, but the Sea Gulls continued to make shots to stay within reach; Hackett and junior guard Courtney McManus each hit threes that brought the Gulls to within one point at the 15:08 mark and 11:32 mark, respectively.

Trailing 26-19, Salisbury made its move with a 10-3 run, capped by anther Hackett three to gain its first lead, 29-28. McManus also nailed another long-range shot in the run, while Albornoz got it started with a jumper.

Two McManus free throws and two Hackett layups pushed the lead to 35-32, and the Gulls took a 35-34 lead into the break.

Hackett led the team at halftime with 12 points, but Seipp was able to come alive with 21 points in the second half to help cap the win, as SU outscored York 44-35 in the half.

To start the second, York's Kristen Haley hit a jumper to retake the lead, 36-35, but Hackett answered with her own jumper, sparking a 18-4 run and building the Gulls' lead to 55-38.

Seipp nailed two threes, a layup and a free throw to lead Salisbury with nine points in the opening stretch.

SU continued to hold its lead, pushing it to 64-45, after four more points from Seipp, but York began to claw its way back into the game with a 18-2 run, cutting the lead to five, 68-63, with 3:17 left.

In those final minutes, Seipp drained seven-of-eight free throws, and senior guard Kelsey Verica, who was honored before the game for her contributions to the women's basketball team, hit two more to cap the Capital Athletic Conference victory.

Junior forward Becca Himes also reached double figures with 10 points in the game, while Albornoz led the team with 11 rebounds.

The Gulls will play host to Marymount (Va.) University on Wednesday for their next game; the opening tip is set for 5:30 p.m.

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