Sea Gulls host St. Mary's, look to get back to CAC semifinals

Sea Gulls host St. Mary's, look to get back to CAC semifinals

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team hosts St. Mary's College of Maryland on Tuesday in a Capital Athletic Conference tournament first-round game. The opening tip is set for 6 p.m.

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How we got here

The Sea Gulls ended their season on a five-game winning streak in order to clinch the No. 3 seed in the tournament with a 12-4 CAC record. SU solidified the No. 3 spot with a 68-49 win over Marymount (Va.) University on Feb. 19.

How they got here

St. Mary's finished the season 6-10 in the conference to earn the No. 6 seed. The Seahawks ended the regular season with a 67-55 victory over Wesley College on Saturday.

Series history

Salisbury holds a 47-14 all-time record against St. Mary's, including a 28-12 advantage in CAC play, and is currently on a seven-game winning streak against the Seahawks. SU likes playing in Maggs Physical Activities Center when St. Mary's visits, holding a 23-7 record in the matchup at home.

The last time we met

The two teams met twice this season, with the last matchup coming on Jan. 30 in St. Mary's City, Md. SU won the game 65-40 with the junior guard duo of Anna Hackett and Sarah Seipp leading the team. Hackett posted 13 points and a team-high seven assists, while Seipp led the team with 17 points in the game. The Sea Gulls held St. Mary's to 26.9 percent shooting and forced 26 turnovers.

Three-for-three

With a win, the Sea Gulls will advance to their third CAC tournament semifinal game under Head Coach Kelly Lewandowski in her three seasons with the program. Last season, Salisbury defeated St. Mary's in the first round to advance to a semifinal game against Marymount, falling 61-46. In Lewandowski's first season, the Gulls took on York College of Pennsylvania in the semifinal round. With a third trip to the semifinal round, SU will be looking to advance to its first CAC championship game since the 2004-05 season.

Scouting St. Mary's

The Seahawks ended this season with a 10-14 record (6-10 in the CAC), including two losses coming at the hands of Salisbury. They are led by senior forward Sophie Pruden's 14.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Shana Lewis ranks second with 13.5 points per game, while senior forward Marche Pearson is second on the team with 5.9 rebounds per game.

What's next

The winner of the first-round game will advance to the CAC semifinal round on Thursday and will play the No. 2-seeded Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.

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