ST. MARY’S CITY, MD-The York College women’s basketball team almost let a 19-point second half lead slip away but the Spartans remained composed and posted a 69-63 Capital Athletic Conference win at St. Mary’s College on Wednesday night. The Spartans improve to 10-3 overall and 3-2 in the CAC while the Seahawks fall to 7-4 overall while they are also 3-2 in the league.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair for the opening ten minutes as neither team held more than a four point lead during that stretch. With the Seahawks leading 18-15 with 11:52 left in the half, the Spartans fashioned an 11-0 spurt to take a 26-18 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the stanza. The Seahawks responded by scoring six of the next eight points in the game but Amanda Andrews (Fallston, Md./Fallston) hit a three and Kristen Daly (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) canned a jumper in the final 1:14 of the half as the Spartans led 33-24 at the break.
The hosts came out of the half and blitzed York with an Allie Scott lay up and a Megan Uglik three to cut the lead to four just 45 seconds into the half. After a Betsy Witman time out, the green and white embarked on a sustained 23-8 run that turned the four point Spartan lead into a 19-point bulge. The lead would reach 19 on two other occasions, the last one coming on an Andrews three with 10:36 left. That’s when the Seahawks began to chip away at the Spartan lead. After Andrews’ three, St. Mary’s scored the next seven points, five of which came at the free throw line. Spartan Keli Ward (Nottingham, Pa./Oxford) then converted a three-point play to push the lead back to 15 but the Seahawks answered with an 11-2 run to cut the Spartan lead to six at 64-58 with 3:12 left in regulation. A Tiara Hurte bucket cut the Spartan lead to five but three Daly free throws over the next 12 seconds pushed the York lead back to eight. Uglik canned her third three of the game with 14 seconds left but Ward split a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining, providing the final margin.
Freshman April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) was outstanding as she finished with a pair of career highs. Sparkman had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the green and white. The frosh was 8-for-15 from the floor and 2-for-3 at the free throw line. She also contributed two assists in 34 minutes of work. Daly paced the Spartans offensively as she had a game-high tying 19 points in addition to six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Daly was 6-for-12 from the field, including 1-for-1 from three while she also converted 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Andrews was the third Spartan in double figures with 13 points while she also had three rebounds and a pair of steals. Ward chipped in with seven points, eight rebounds, and three assists in 29 minutes as she was hampered by foul trouble in the first half.
Stephanie Saint-Aubin led the Seahawks with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double. Saint-Aubin was 6-for-15 from the floor including 1-for-3 from three. She converted all six of her free throw attempts in addition to collecting three steals. Uglik chipped in with 17 points, six assists, and five rebounds. Hurte also notched a double-double for the Seahawks as she had 13 points and 10 boards.
The Spartans finished the game shooting 37.9% from the floor and 26.7% from three. The green and white was solid from the line, converting 15-of-21 at the charity stripe. St. Mary’s converted 31.8% from the field and 36.4% from distance. The Seahawks were stellar from the free throw line as they made 17-of-19 for the game.
York held a 48-43 edge in rebounding while both teams committed 19 turnovers.
The Spartans return to acton on Monday, January 14 when they host Alvernia in their final non-conference contest of the year. Tip time at the Grumbacher Center is set for 7:00 pm.
April Sparkman photo courtesy of Eric Linsley