ARLINGTON, Va. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team fell to Marymount (Va.) University, 63-57, after forcing overtime on Wednesday night in Capital Athletic Conference play.
Junior guard Sarah Seipp came out on fire, hitting two three-point shots and two free throws to score all of Salisbury's points in an 8-4 run to start the game; Seipp led the team with 22 points on the night.
Marymount tied the game up, but a jumper, followed by a layup, from Seipp regained Salisbury's lead, 12-8, with the Gaithersburg, Md., native scoring all of the team's first 12 points. The Sea Gulls would keep their lead for the rest of the half, building it to as many as seven, 23-16.
After a jumper by the Saints' Kievanna Lacey to cut SU's lead to two, junior forward Melanie Mocniak made two free throws that started a 10-6 run that ended the half in the Sea Gulls' favor.
Junior guard Courtney McManus drained a three during Salisbury's next possession, and Mocniak led the stretch with six points, hitting a three of her own and making another free throw for the team's final four points of the half.
The Sea Gulls took a 23-17 lead into the break, with Seipp leading the team with 12 points.
The teams traded four made buckets each in the first five minutes of the second half, starting with a jump shot by junior guard Anna Hackett; threes from Seipp and McManus were the difference, as Salisbury took an 11-9 advantage during that span.
With a 33-28 lead, a free throw by Hackett, a jump shot from junior forward Becca Himes and a layup and free throw from Seipp combined for a 6-0 SU run to build the lead to 39-28.
Salisbury held the 11-point advantage with 12:00 remaining on the clock, but Marymount went on a 18-7 run to tie the score, 46-46. Seipp hit two more shots to keep the scored tied for the Gulls during the Saints run.
Marymount gained the lead, 49-48, after three free throws from Lacey, and another shot from the line by Felicia Adomako put the Saints up by two. With 26 second left, freshman guard Lauren Rothfeld was at the line and hit both shots to knot the game again, 50-50, and force overtime.
The teams were tied, 54-54, with 2:39 left in the overtime period after a tip-in by Mocniak, but a 9-3 run by Marymount with all nine points coming from Katelyn Fischer closed the game out for the Saints.
Hackett and Himes finished the game with team highs in assists and rebounds, respectively, as both totaled seven in their respective statistic.
The Sea Gulls return home for their next game on Saturday afternoon, hosting Penn State-Harrisburg at 2 p.m.