February 9, 2008

Seahawks Extend Spartan Losing Streak to Three

YORK, PA - In a game of contrasting halves, the York College women’s basketball team came out on the short end of the scoreboard falling to the visiting St. Mary’s Seahawks 74-66 Saturday evening from the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center.  Losers of three straight, the Spartan record drops to 15-7 (7-6 CAC) while St. Mary’s ups their mark to 15-6 (8-5 CAC).

A flurry of scoring opened the initial frame as the Seahawks took an early 11-8 lead 4:33 into the contest.  York then went on a nearly four-minute run, scoring 14 unanswered points, to grab a 25-11 lead with 11:30 remaining in the half. Thirty seconds later, an Amy Fry (Carlisle, Pa./Big Spring) fast break conversion gave the Spartans what would turn out to be their largest lead of the night at 27-12.

Senior forward Kristen Daly (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) and junior point guard Keli Ward (Nottingham, Pa./Oxford) came out on fire for the Spartans as the pair either scored or assisted on 28 of York’s first 29 points.  Daly knocked down six of her first seven field goal attempts and had tallied fourteen points before the opening stanza’s ten-minute mark.

Unfortunately for the home squad, they could not sustain the early momentum as St. Mary’s began to chip away at the Spartan advantage.  A short spurt by the visitors brought them back to within eight at 27-19 with just under eight minutes to play.  Although the Seahawks would draw to as close as four with 52 seconds left in the frame, York was able to head to the locker room holding an eight-point advantage at 39-31.

The second half was not nearly as kind to the Spartans, as their once 15-point lead evaporated just 4:34 into the second period. A St. Mary’s 11-3 spurt, capped by a pair of triples from Megan Uglik, brought the Seahawks all the way back and evened the score at 42.  After a Steph Saint-Albin free throw and Uglik’s fourth triple, the Spartans suddenly found themselves down four at 50-46 with 11:35 remaining.

The rest of the game belonged to the Seahawks. York would gain momentum only to have it squashed by another Seahawk bucket.  A pair of Ward free throws gave the Spartans their best chance to recapture the lead, as they were only down two at 57-55 with 7:01 to play.  However, a Kiely Murphy three put St. Mary’s back up five shutting the door on yet another momentum shift.

With 3:26 to play and down eleven at 70-59, the Spartans showed signs of life as the clawed back to within four with 1:15 to play.  Just as with the previous 19 minutes however, York was simply unable to get over the hill and St. Mary’s would go on to the 74-66 victory.

After a strong 43.8% shooting performance over the first 20 minutes, the Spartans went ice cold in the second frame going 9-for-32 from the floor for 28.1%.  Turnovers also spoiled York’s chances as the Spartans gave away 21 possessions, including 13 in the second half, which led to 21 Seahawk points.  Neither squad gained a noteworthy advantage on the glass as the Spartans pulled down 45 caroms to the Seahawks’ 43.

St. Mary’s had a steady showing from the floor nailing 25 of their 61 total attempts from the field for 41%.  After a tough 1-for-8 from deep in the first stanza, the Seahawks quadrupled their first half effort going 4-for-8 in the latter 20 minutes with three of the four coming from Uglik’s right-hand.  St. Mary’s also shot an obscene 35 attempts from the charity stripe, knocking down 19 freebies. 

Daly led all scorers with 25 points, tallying 20 in the first half, on 10-for-17 shooting.  The senior recorded her seventh double-double of the season pulling-down 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.  Ward was the second Spartan to eclipse the 20-point plateau, registering 21 in her 38 minutes while adding six assists.

The Seahawks saw four players reach double-digits with junior forward Allie Scott leading the way with 20.  Six-foot freshman center Tiara Hurte racked up 16 points and 11 boards for her double-double.  Uglik also added 16 points to the Seahawk effort, while Saint-Aubin chipped in with ten. 

The Spartans will look to snap their losing streak next Saturday, February 16, as they host CAC foe Wesley in their regular-season home finale.  Tip-off from the Grumbacher Center is scheduled for 4:00 pm.   

GAME BOX

Kristen Daly photo courtesy of Eric Linsley 

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