Sea Gulls down Seahawks, advance to conference semifinals

Sea Gulls down Seahawks, advance to conference semifinals

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team advanced to the Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinals with a 73-59 victory over St. Mary's College of Maryland on Tuesday night at Maggs Physical Activities Center.

The first half opened with the teams trading shots until the game was tied 10-10, when Salisbury would go on an 8-0 run to build a lead to 18-10.

Sophomore forward Julia McLaughlin hit a jumper to start the spurt, and junior guard Anna Hackett followed with a layup.

After two free throws from freshman guard Lauren Rothfeld capped the run, St. Mary's fought back to cut the lead to 20-19; the Seahawks eventually took a 21-20 advantage on a layup by Sophie Pruden.

The scored remained close, but with St. Mary's leading 28-26, junior guard Sarah Seipp hit a three to bring the Sea Gulls back to a 29-28 lead. Hackett made two layups to end the half with SU leading 32-28.

At the break, Seipp led the team with nine points, on the way to a game-high 23 points on the night, while the SU defense forced 12 Seahawk turnovers.

The teams opened the half trading made shots, making the score 34-30, but two-straight layups by sophomore forward Kathy Albornoz and a three from Seipp pushed the Gulls' lead to 41-30 and sparked a 23-7 run.

Seipp drained two more long-range shots in the stretch, while junior forward Melanie Mocniak added two jumpers and a layup to give Salisbury a 57-37 advantage with 10:05 left in the game.

St. Mary's cut the lead with an 11-0 run, but a three from Hackett regained a double-digit lead for the Sea Gulls, which the team would keep on its way to the win.

Hackett chipped in 14 points in the game, with a team-high seven assists, and Albornoz led the team with seven rebounds.

Salisbury will travel to second-seeded Christopher Newport University for its semifinal matchup on Thursday; the opening tip will be at 7 p.m.

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