SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 18 Salisbury University women's basketball team will host the Capital Athletic Conference championship on Saturday, February 28, against second-seed University of Mary Washington. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m., in Maggs Physical Activities Center.
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How We Got Here
Going 17-1 through league play this season, the Sea Gulls sealed up the top seed in the conference tournament with three games left in the regular season. On February 11 against Wesley, a 61-43 victory paced by sophomore Lauren Rothfeld's career-high 17 points was all SU needed to claim the top seed. As No. 1, the Gulls received a first-round bye and hosted a semifinal game on Thursday, February 26 against fifth-seed York College of Pennsylvania. Trailing late, the Sea Gulls overcame the deficit with under four minutes remaining to advance to the championship.
How They Got Here
With a 15-3 record in the conference this season, the Eagles sealed up the second seed in the tournament. As the No. 2 team, Mary Washington earned a first-round bye and hosted a semifinal game against third-seed Marymount (Va.) University. Holding the Saints to just 12 field goals for the game and 23.1 percent shooting from the field, the Eagles had four players hit double-digit points, as Claire Haeuptle posted a game-high 16 points, including five three-pointers. With the 60-46 victory, Mary Washington advanced to the championship.
Last Time We Met
Mary Washington traveled to Salisbury on February 7 for second-half league play, a game that recognized senior Anna Hackett and alumnae Amy Campion on their addition to the CAC Silver Anniversary women's basketball team. With 17 minutes left in the contest, the Sea Gulls got hot and went on an 11-0 run that put the game away. Recording a 65-54 win, the victory marked the 20th of the season for Salisbury.
Although the Eagles maintain the overall edge in the series, 32-30, Salisbury has been the victor in the past four meetings. The Sea Gulls have met up with Mary Washington five times in league postseason play, holding a 3-2 advantage. The two squads have met just one time in the CAC title game with the Eagles taking the championship, 84-62, in 2005.
Continuing The Trend
After hosting both the men's and women's CAC semifinal contests for the first time in the same season in program history on Thursday, the team's will repeat the feat on Saturday in their respective championship contests, marking the first time in program history both basketball CAC championships will take place in Maggs in the same year. The SU men's team defeated Mary Washington on Thursday to advance to its CAC title game, which is set for Saturday at 4:30 p.m. With a win, the men would reach the 20-win plateau for the first time since the 1996-'97 season, which would also mark the first time in program history that the men's and women's teams would notch 20-plus wins in the same season.
Best Duo In The League
Senior Sarah Seipp and Hackett have put on quite a show this season, as the two sit in the top four in scoring in the CAC currently. Hackett sits at No. 2, averaging 17.6 points per game, while Seipp comes in at No. 4 with 15.5 per game. Hackett also ranks third in the league in assists (4.2) and Seipp falls in at fourth in steals (2.7).
The winner of the game will earn the conference's automatic bid in to the NCAA Division III tournament and would look to the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m., for its first-round matchup. A win would mark the first CAC title and NCAA tournament berth for the SU women since the 2001-'02 season.