SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team dropped a 66-55 decision to Christopher Newport University on Tuesday evening at Maggs Physical Activities Center.
Salisbury (1-2) fell behind to open the game as the Captains led 12-5 after just four minutes of play. Despite the slow start, the Sea Gulls would score the next nine points to take a one-point lead after freshman guard Lexi Kebetz sank a three-pointer at the 12:46 mark. The two teams would share eight ties over the next 12 minutes before freshman forward Whitney Kolakowski converted a layup with 20 seconds remaining in the frame to give SU a 33-31 advantage at halftime.
The score would remain close for the first eight minutes of the second half. Christopher Newport (3-0) began to distance itself from the Sea Gulls a short time later as the Captains scored 11 points over the next four minutes to post an eight-point lead, 50-42. Senior guard KC Curran scored the game's next five points to bring SU within three with seven minutes remaining but it was as close as the Sea Gulls would get the rest of the way.
Salisbury was led by sophomore forward Josie Hildebrand, who posted 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds to record her first double-double of the year. Freshman guard Anna Hackett recorded 12 points and junior guard Katie McGahagan pulled down six rebounds.
Christopher Newport was aided by a 24-for-58 performance from the field. The Captains were propelled by the double-double effort of Tia Perry, who finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Jerlisa Bower led all scorers with 16 points while Kimmy Hopkins had 12 points and six rebounds.
SU will hit the road for its next contest as the Sea Gulls travel to Hood College on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m.