Albornoz sets career high, Hackett moves up in scoring list in Gulls win over Saints

Albornoz sets career high, Hackett moves up in scoring list in Gulls win over Saints

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team claimed a 68-49 victory over Marymount (Va.) University Wednesday night at Maggs Physical Activities Center, snapping a five-game skid to the Saints.

The Sea Gulls were led by the junior guard duo of Anna Hackett and Sarah Seipp, with both registering 17 points in the game; Hackett moved up to No. 12 in the programs all-time scoring leaders in the game, as she now has 1,190 points to pass former Sea Gull Jessica Latour.

Sophomore forward Kathy Albornoz got SU going with a layup, sparking an opening 15-4 run. Seipp followed with a jumper, and junior forward Becca Himes added a layup, allowing the Gulls to build a 6-0 lead before Marymount would score.

After Seipp hit two free throws and drained a three,  Hackett would add a layup to push the Sea Gulls' lead to double figures, 15-4, to cap the opening stretch. Salisbury's press defense was able to keep the Saints' offense at bay in the opening minutes to build the lead.

With 8:22 left in the first half, Hackett added another layup to get Salisbury up 21-9, but the Saints fought back to cut the lead to 21-14.

From there, Salisbury ended the half on a 13-2 run, sparked by a Hackett three; she netted a jumper later in the run to lead the team with five points in the stretch, allowing SU to take a 34-16 lead at the half.

At the break, Salisbury was shooting 66.7 percent from the floor, and its defense had forced nine Marymount turnovers.

Seipp opened the second half with a layup after gathering a steal, one-of-five on the night to lead the team.

Salisbury was able to keeps its lead, with the help of nine second-half points from Albornoz, setting a career-high 11 in the game.

Albornoz hit two free throws and a layup in a four-point stretch to keep SU ahead, 45-26, before hitting five more from the stripe in the final 3:12 of the game to help cap the win.

Himes also reached double figures in the game with 12 points, while Hackett led with eight assists and Albornoz pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

The Sea Gulls now look forward to their final regular-season game, as SU travels to Frostburg State University on Saturday for a 1 p.m., Capital Athletic Conference contest.

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