CAMDEN, NJ-The York College women’s basketball team snapped their three-game losing streak with a very solid 65-51 victory at Rutgers-Camden on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans improve to 7-3 overall while the Lady Raptors fall to 4-4 for the campaign.
The Spartans jumped on the hosts early, scoring the first nine points of the game. Rutgers-Camden got on the board with a Krystal Jankowski free throw 3:46 into the game, but the Spartans continued to build on the lead as they played well in the opening stanza. The green and white lead grew to 23-5 with 9:28 remaining in the half. The Spartan lead then reached 24 twice in the opening 20 minutes, the second time coming just before the half on a Kristen Daly (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) jumper with 1:06 left. That gave the Spartans a 38-14 bulge at the break.
The Lady Raptors slowly chipped away at the Spartan lead in the second half. Rutgers-Camden needed the first 18 minutes of the second half to trim the Spartan lead to single digits as a Karima Blackwell three-point play cut the York lead to eight at 56-48 with 2:02 remaining in the game. Spartan junior Donna Figenshu (Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville) responded with a three pointer and a pair of free throws to jack the York lead back to 13 with 1:18 remaining on the clock. Junior point guard Keli Ward (Nottingham, Pa./Oxford) drained four of five free throws over the final minute to secure the win.
Daly led the Spartans with a game-high 21 points as she was a very efficient 9-for-11 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. She also had four steals, three rebounds, and two assists. Ward added 13 points, six assists, four rebounds, and three steals in 37 minutes of work for the green and white. Figenshu was the third Spartan in double figures with 10 points as she was 3-for-4 from the floor including 2-for-3 from three. She also made two free throws in her 13 minutes of action. Freshman April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) paced the Spartans on the glass with nine rebounds while she also had four points.
Imani Hafiz led the Lady Raptors with 17 points, five steals, three rebounds, and three assists in 30 minutes. Hafiz fouled out with one minute remaining in the game as foul trouble limited her to 30 minutes of action. Jankowski was the other Lady Raptor in double figures with 12 points. Carmen Oyola and Blackwell each pulled down eight caroms to lead Rutgers-Camden.
The Spartans held the Lady Raptors to 30.9% shooting from the floor for the game while the green and white converted 47.1% of their shots from the floor. Neither team was great from distance as York shot 28.6% while the hosts made just 2-of-11 (18.2%) for the game. York struggled from the free throw line as they made just 13-of-24 while The Lady Raptors went 15-for-23.
The Spartans return to action on Friday evening as they face Oneonta in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic presented by Best Western. Tip time from Wolf Gymnasium is set for 6:00 pm.
Donna Figenshu photograph courtesy of Eric Linsley