SALISBURY, Md. – Sophomore Anna Hackett scored 28 points as the Salisbury University women's basketball team topped Wesley College, 68-58, in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday evening at Maggs Physical Activities Center.
Salisbury (8-7, 3-1 CAC) climbed to a quick 14-point advantage over the Wolverines, 19-5, in the first eight minutes of the contest as sophomore Julia McLaughlin hit a jumper. Classmate Maggie King assisted on the play after picking off a pass from Heather Fuller. McLaughlin had 15 points on the night with six rebounds and two assists.
Hackett scored 17 points in the first 20 minutes with McLaughlin going 5-for-10 from the floor with 10 points.
Wesley (2-13, 0-6 CAC) would mount a comeback bringing the score within five, 31-26, entering halftime.
King opened the second half with a shot from the paint, giving SU a 33-26 edge. King totaled eight points with six assists, a career-best, three steals and two rebounds.
A basket by Jazmine Miller brought the score to 37-33, the closest Wesley would get the rest of the way, with 16:28 left to play.
Hackett enhanced the maroon and gold's lead, 42-33, just a minute later putting two in off the glass, while drawing a foul, and converting the three-point play. Hackett finished the night with six assists and five rebounds to go with her strong scoring performance.
The Sea Gulls earned their largest lead of the night, 68-51, as sophomore Aleisha Hobbs pulled down an offensive rebound and laid it back in for two.
Salisbury ended the evening shooting 43.9 percent from the floor and going 8-for-11 from the free-throw line. The Sea Gulls outscored the Wolverines in the paint (32-26), off turnovers (16-14) and on second-chance opportunities (14-8) but their passing was the key to the game with 20 assists.
The Wolverines were led by Miller with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists; Fuller added 10 boards and eight points.
SU will continue in CAC action as it travels to St. Mary's (Md.) College for a 2 p.m., contest on Saturday, Jan. 19.