McLaughlin named CAC Rookie of the Year; Hackett and McGahagan named to All-CAC team
YORK, Pa. – For the second consecutive year, a member of the Salisbury University women's basketball team was named the Capital Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year. Freshamn forward Julia McLaughlin garners the accomplishment while two other Sea Gulls were named to the All-CAC team.
McLaughlin is the fourth Salisbury women's basketball player to be honored as the conference Rookie of the Year. The freshman forward started in 17 contests for the Gulls with playing time in all 27 games. McLaughlin ranked 17th in the conference in points per game (8.4) with a shooting percentage of 40.4 placing her in the top 15 of the league.
In her first season with the Sea Gulls, McLaughlin recorded a season-best 21 points in SU's 74-69 victory over Frostburg State University. The freshman added a career-best 11 rebounds against St. Mary's (Md.) College in the first round of CAC tournament play as Salisbury went on to win 54-44.
Hackett, last season's Rookie of the Year, was named to the first team after being a part of the second team in 2012. The sophomore ranked among the top performers in conference play. The point guard was second in points per game (16.4), fourth in field goal percentage (45.8), third in assists per game (4.3) and led the conference in free throw percentage (86.2). Hackett finished the season with 444 points, with a career-best 32 points against Randolph College.
McGahagan makes her first appearance on the all-conference team, as a member of the second team. The senior was relentless on the boards this season, climbing to the ninth spot as one of SU's career leaders in rebounds with 727. Throughout the season the Baltimore, Md., native grabbed 251 boards for an average of 9.3 rebounds per game, placing her in the top three performers of the conference. McGahagan ranked third in defensive boards per game (6.1) and fifth in offensive rebounds (3.2). The forward ranked in the top 15 in the conference in scoring, averaging 9.9 points per game. McGahagan ended the season with a career-best 10 double-doubles.
The Sea Gulls advanced to the conference semifinals for the second consecutive season and finished with a 15-12 record.