Sharpshooting leads Gulls over Spartans, 91-81

Sharpshooting leads Gulls over Spartans, 91-81

SALISBURY, Md. – In an offensive battle Saturday afternoon, the No. 19 Salisbury University women's basketball team maintained its unblemished Capital Athletic Conference record, downing York College of Pennsylvania, 91-81, at Maggs Physical Activities Center.

Guiding the offensive charge for the Sea Gulls (12-1, 6-0 CAC) was senior guard Anna Hackett, who just last game made a two-spot jump on the program's all-time scoring list into the top five. With a game-high 27 points, the Germantown, Maryland native made another two-spot jump, landing her at No. 3 in program history with 1,507 career points.

In a game that saw Salisbury shooting 55.6 percent from the field, while the Spartans shot 46 percent, the Sea Gulls hit 91 points for the first time since the 2012-'13 season, when SU defeated Valley Forge Christian College, 92-70, on November 30, 2012.

York (4-9, 0-6 CAC) took the early lead in the game, getting out to a 13-6 lead in the opening five minutes, but a layup by senior guard Sarah Seipp sparked a 5-0 run for the Sea Gulls to get within two. In the run, junior forward Kathy Albornoz hit a free throw and Hackett cashed in a jumper.

In a back-and-forth battle throughout the first half, Salisbury took its first lead at the 6:21 mark. Already on a 4-0 run after two jumpers by Seipp and Hackett, Seipp forced a steal against York's Brianna Bisci and converted it into a transition layup, a Spartan foul, and a good free throw for the three-point play and a 31-28 lead.

Salisbury held onto the lead until there were three minutes left in the half, before the Spartans went on a five-point run of their own, eventually taking a 45-43 lead into the break.

At the restart, it didn't take the Sea Gulls long to tie up the game, as senior forward Melanie Mocniak drained a jumper from the top of the key to draw the score even, 45-45, 15 seconds in. Mocniak added another two points to the score on the next series on a layup to give the Gulls the lead once again.

Trading shots and exchanging the lead five times over the next three minutes, Salisbury wouldn't grab the lead and hold onto it until the 14:30 mark when Seipp hit another jumper to make the score 60-58. On the next series, senior forward Aleisha Hobbs hit a long jumper of her own to give the Gulls a four-point lead.

York kept the deficit small up until there were two minutes left in the game, when junior forward Julia McLaughlin dropped in two points for the Sea Gulls first double-digit lead of the game, 87-76. Salisbury maintained the 10-point lead for the remainder of the game, capping off its 12th win of the season with a 91-81 victory.

Paced by Hackett's 27 points, four Sea Gulls scored double-digit points in the game, as Seipp tallied 21 points and McLaughlin and Albornoz cashed in on 12 points apiece. Hackett also recorded a game-high eight assists, while Seipp had a game-high three steals.

The Gulls will remain at home for their next game, as Salisbury welcomes Marymount (Va.) University to Maggs Physical Activities Center on Wednesday, January 14. The Saints are 5-1 in the CAC with their most recent victory being Saturday against Frostburg State University, 63-46. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

 
 

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