SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 24 Salisbury University women's basketball team put together an all-around great game Saturday afternoon at Maggs Physical Activities Center, dominating Capital Athletic Conference opponent Penn State University-Harrisburg, 89-42, to remain the only team in the conference with an unblemished overall record.
The Sea Gulls (7-0, 2-0 CAC) opened the game strong offensively on a 16-2 run before the Lions needed a timeout, all started off by two jumpers by senior Sarah Seipp and junior Kathy Albornoz and a three-pointer by senior Anna Hackett prior to the Lions finally scoring their first two points of the game. SU kept putting the pressure on defensively and scored nine more points, forcing Penn State to take its first timeout seven minutes into the half.
Coming out of the timeout, Salisbury remained hot on both ends scoring 16 more points and not allowing PSU to get any points until just 6:33 left in the first half, putting together a 32-2 lead before the Lions scored on a layup by Kiara Carter.
A good three-pointer by senior Courtney McManus with just under five minutes remaining in the half gave the Sea Gulls their biggest lead of the half, 34 points, with a 40-6 lead.
The Lions (2-5, 1-1 CAC) cashed in on 11 more points before the end of the first 20 minutes, but Salisbury held on to take a 32-point lead into the half, 49-17. SU shot 44.4 percent from the field in the first half, while great defensive play held the Lions to 24 percent shooting. Led by Seipp with three steals, Salisbury had 10 takeaways of the 16 total turnovers by Penn State through the first 20 minutes.
Penn State opened the second half scoring the first two points, but it was answered on the next series by Hackett, hitting her fourth three-pointer of the game to spark another Sea Gull run. A 7-0 stretch, capped off with a layup by senior Melanie Mocniak, gave Salisbury a 56-19 lead with 15 minutes left in the game. But the Gulls didn't stop there, eventually spreading the margin to the largest of the game, 54, with seven minutes remaining on a good free throw by freshman Josephine Noonan.
Fifteen Gulls saw playing time in the contest, while freshman Morgan Grubb cashed in her first two collegiate points. Grubb also pulled down three boards for her 11 minutes on the court.
Shooting 44.3 percent for the game, the 47-point margin of victory is the highest Salisbury has had since the 2007-08 season when the Gulls beat Gallaudet University by 55.
Hackett finished the game with a game-high 22 points, while Seipp and Mocniak added 17 and 11, respectively. Mocniak also pulled down 10 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season.
The Sea Gulls get to rest for a week and a half before their next contest, as Salisbury prepares for a battle against CAC-foe Christopher Newport University at Maggs Physical Activities Center on Wednesday, December 17. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.