Seipp's three at the buzzer caps, 67-66, SU thriller victory over Catholic

SALISBURY, Md. – Trailing 63-56 with just under four minutes to play in the second half, the Salisbury University women's basketball team ended the game on an 11-3 run, capped by a game-winning three-pointer by junior guard Sarah Seipp as time expired to complete the comeback victory over Catholic University of American, 67-66, on Sunday at Maggs Physical Activities Center.

The Sea Gulls started the late-game heroics by scoring four points in nine seconds, as sophomore forward Julia McLaughlin made a layup, junior guard Anna Hackett stole the ensuing Catholic inbounds pass and junior guard Courtney McManus took a pass from Hackett for another layup, cutting the lead to 63-60 with 2:19 remaining in the contest.

The Cardinals' Melissa Errico would hit three free throws down the stretch, but a Hackett layup and two free throws from McLaughlin would put Salisbury in position to tie or win the game, trailing 66-64 with only six seconds remaining.

With Errico at the line, McLaughlin pulled down the defensive rebound on a miss and passed the ball to Seipp, who streaked down court and put up the shot, draining it at the buzzer with a defender in her face for the win in SU's (3-2) first home game of the season.

Catholic led at the half and increased the lead to 13 points, 35-22, with a jumper at the start of the second period to build its largest lead of the day, before the Gulls began to whittle away at the lead.

The Sea Gulls got within two, 57-55, with 5:49 left on the clock; Seipp made a layup and two free throws to lead an 8-0 spurt, before the Cardinals would rebuild the seven point advantage that Salisbury would eventually overcome.

Salisbury jumped out to an early lead in the game, as six points from Hackett, who led the team with 24 in the game, and a three-pointer from junior forward Melanie Mocniak put SU up, 9-1, five minutes into the contest.

The Gulls led in the first half until the 5:09 mark, when a Cardinal layup by Jayni Webster would tie the game, 18-18, and spark a 13-4 stretch that closed the half with Catholic leading, 33-22.

In the second half, Salisbury's offense erupted to outscore the Cardinals, 45-33, and shoot 66.7 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from behind the arc. Seipp netted all 10 of her points in the final period, as she tied McManus for second on the team.

Hackett led the team with seven assists, as well, and junior forward Becca Himes finished with a team-high nine rebounds.

Salisbury will now look forward to its first Capital Athletic Conference game of the season, as the Sea Gulls will host St. Mary's College of Maryland on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m., at Maggs PAC.

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