No. 21/22 York (Pa) Hands Seahawks 22-Point Setback
York, Pa. - It wasn't pretty but the York (Pa.) College women's basketball team collected a 64-42 victory over St. Mary's College of Maryland Wednesday night in Capital Athletic Conference action. The Spartans entered tonight's action ranked No. 21 in D3hoops.com Top 25 and No. 22 in the USA Today ESPN/WBCA Top 25 polls released this week.
York (13-1, 6-0 CAC) extended its school-record win streak to 13 straight with tonight's win as the Spartans remain one of only two teams in the conference undefeated in league action. Tonight, Marymount (Va.) University handed Hood College a 74-38 setback to improve to 11-2, 4-0 CAC.
Both teams had subpar shooting in the first half with York edging the Seahawks (3-9, 2-3 CAC), 30.8% to 26.7%. The Spartans' biggest lead of the first 20 minutes came at the 10:12-mark following a 14-4 run sparked by sophomore forward Jaimie Sapp's (Bluemont, Va./Loudoun Valley) lay-up and capped by a lay-up by senior guard Amanda Andrews (Fallston, Md./Fallston). Three-point baskets by guards April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) and Donna Figenshu (Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville) keyed a 27-19 halftime Spartan lead.
St. Mary's sophomore guard Jamie Roberts (Rockville, Md./Barrie) led all players at intermission with eight points, while junior center Alex Wenger (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) hauled in seven rebounds. Andrews and Sapp paced YCP with six points each.
York woke up in the second stanza, shooting 55.2% and breaking the game wide open with a 20-9 start to the half. The Spartan defensive effort was outstanding as well as YCP caused 20 turnovers and capitalized by netting 21 points off those turnovers. Senior forward Chanel Perez (Biglerville, Pa./Gettysburg) and Sapp led a blocking frenzy as the duo combined for five blocks and York finished the game with 10.
Senior guard Keli Ward (Nottingham, Pa./Oxford) ended the game as York's leading scorer with 13 points after picking up 11 second-half points, while dishing out a game-high nine assists. Sparkman and Perez contributed nine points, while Perez and Sapp each grabbed a game-best nine caroms.
The Seahawks' leading scorer, senior forward Allie Scott (Laurel, Md./Atholton), was held to two first-half points as Scott shot a disappointing 1-of-10 from the field, but did pull down a game-high nine boards. Sophomore center Tiara Hurte (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) performed well for SMCM, tallying a game-high 18 points and six boards. Roberts also finished in double figures with 13.
St. Mary's returns to action this Saturday, January 17 as the Seahawks host No. 21/22 University of Mary Washington in league action at 2:00. The women's game is the first of a CAC doubleheader as the men will square off against Mary Washington following the women at 4:00.