WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior guard Anna Hackett scored 26 points through 30 minutes of play, as the Salisbury University women's basketball team rolled to a 63-36 victory over Catholic University of America on Wednesday night in the nation's capital.
The Sea Gulls (3-0) opened the game on a 7-0 run, all from the hot hand of junior forward Julia McLaughlin, who scored all seven points off three jumpers and a made free throw in the opening four minutes. Through the seven-point span, McLaughlin also pulled down four rebounds, three of which were offensive, and forced three Cardinal turnovers.
Catholic (2-1) would take the next five minutes to pull the deficit back to one, 11-10, but a layup and a three-pointer by Hackett helped give the Gulls a quick boost and keep some distance for the remainder of the first half.
Taking a 30-19 lead into the half, Salisbury was led by Hackett and McLaughlin with 11 and nine points, respectively, as Hackett went 3-for-4 from behind the arc and McLaughlin shot 3-for-5 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. McLaughlin also pulled in seven boards through 14 minutes of play in the first half.
The Gulls opened up the second half the same way they started the game, on a 7-0 run, this time the scoring came from junior forward Kathy Albornoz and Hackett. Albornoz finished a jumper before Hackett answered with another three pointer and a jumper to finish up the stretch.
Following a made jump shot by Catholic's Payton Smith, Hackett would stay hot finishing six of the 11 baskets made before subbing out with eight minutes left in the game and a 24-point lead, 56-32. Hackett finished the game with a game-high 26 points, shooting 4-for-5 from behind the arc, 10-for-17 from the floor and a perfect 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. The 26 points places her just two points shy from moving up two spots to No. 7 on the all-time scoring list, as she approaches alumni Kim Roth and Josie Harper who sit at 1,293 in their careers.
Salisbury would outscore the Cardinals, 7-4, in the final eight minutes, attaining its largest lead at 28 points. The Sea Gulls shot 41.7 percent from the field, while causing Catholic to turn the ball over 17 times and shoot 24 percent.
McLaughlin and senior guard Sarah Seipp chipped in for nine points apiece, while McLaughlin also recorded game highs in rebounds and steals with nine and four, respectively.
The women travel back to Salisbury for their home opener on Saturday, November 22, as the Sea Gulls welcome Virginia Wesleyan College to Maggs Physical Activities Center. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.