Salisbury challenges York's undefeated record before falling 77-72 in CAC play

Salisbury challenges York's undefeated record before falling 77-72 in CAC play

YORK, Pa. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team fell in Capital Athletic Conference action at York College of Pennsylvania, 77-72, on Saturday afternoon.

The Sea Gulls led by as many as 15 points in the game and held an eight point lead with 6:14 remaining in the game, before York went on a 24-11 run to end the game and take the victory.

After a Spartan three-pointer, SU (6-6, 3-2 CAC) trailed 6-4 in the opening minutes, but junior guard Courtney McManus answered with her first three to regain the lead and spark an 18-5 run that opened up the lead for the Gulls. McManus, who added another three-pointer during the stretch, hit three shots from long range in the game to lead the team, while adding 11 points.

Two layups by junior guard Anna Hackett and a three by freshman guard Lauren Rothfeld helped to power the spurt, as well.

The Sea Gulls held a double-digit lead for the majority of the first half, and a jumper by junior guard Sarah Seipp pushed the lead to its largest at 31-16. Seipp finished second on the team with 15 points, while Hackett led the squad with 21, including 10 in the first half.

SU took a 35-31 lead into the half, but the Spartans (13-0, 6-0 CAC) were able to cut the lead by scoring the final seven points of the period.

To start the second half York cut the lead to two, but a three, followed by a layup by Seipp and a three by McManus kept Salisbury ahead, 43-39.

The Spartans took the lead, 49-45, after a 10-2 run, but the Sea Gulls answered with a 16-4 spurt. Junior forward Becca Himes scored six points, while junior forward Aleisha Hobbs and Hackett both added four each during the stretch to power the Gulls in regaining the lead, 61-53.

From there, York ended the game on its big run to take the win and keep its unblemished record.

Seipp led the team in rebounds (seven) and assists (two), while Hackett and Seipp tied to lead the team with two steals each.

The Sea Gulls will next travel to Wesley College on Wednesday for another CAC matchup; the game is set for 6 p.m.