SALISBURY, MD-The York College women’s basketball team suffered a hard-to-swallow 66-62 loss at Salisbury University in Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, MD. The Spartans fall to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the conference while the Sea Gulls improve to 3-6 overall and 1-2 in the league.
The Sea Gulls has the better of the early play as they led 14-6 just 4:09 into the game. The green and white worked their way back into the contest, tying the game at 20 on a Chanel Perez (Biglerville, Pa./Gettysburg) free throw with 4:58 left in the stanza. Salisbury scored six of the next eight points of the game to take a 26-22 lead before York scored five straight to take a 27-26 lead just before the break. The Gulls got a Monica Merkel lay up with 36 seconds left to take a 28-27 advantage to the break.
The Spartans came out the intermission and scored seven of the first nine points of the half as they took a 34-30 lead just 1:40 into the half. The green and white eventually built their advantage to seven on three different occasions. The last time came at the 6:51 mark when Perez drained a pair of free throws after a foul. The Sea Gulls fashioned a 14-5 run, giving the hosts their first lead of the half at 57-55. Junior Keli Ward (Nottingham, Pa./Oxford) tied the game at 57 with a jumper but Merkel hit a jumper on the ensuing Salisbury possession to give the Sea Gulls a lead they would not lose the rest of the way. After Merkel’s jumper, Salisbury hit four straight free throws, pushing the lead to 63-57 with 44 seconds left in the game. Ward hit another jumper with 35 seconds remaining but Salisbury sunk three of four free throws to salt away the win.
Salisbury was led by Merkel’s 18 points as she was 8-for-18 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the free throw line. Merkel also had six rebounds, two assists, and a pair of steals. Lindsay Martin added 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Janay Johnson chipped in with 13 points, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 22 minutes of action. Meghan Phillips was the fourth Gull in double figures with 10 points and five rebounds.
York received 18 points from Ward as the junior guard was 7-for-14 from the floor including 3-for-6 from three. Ward added four rebounds, three assists, a block, and a steal. Senior Kristen Daly (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) was the only other Spartan in double figures as she contributed 16 points. She was 7-for-13 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Daly also pulled in six boards for the green and white. Freshman April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) led the Spartans on the glass with seven boards while she also had eight points.
Salisbury dominated the green and white on the glass, holding a 43-38 edge. That total number doesn’t necessarily reflect what the Gulls did on the offensive glass as they held a 22-10 edge over the Spartans. Salisbury took 16 more shots than the Spartans and held a 16-7 advantage in second-chance points.
The Gulls ended the game shooting just 35.7% but their 25 field goals were one better than York despite the Spartans shooting 44.4% from the field. York converted 35.3% from three while Salisbury made just 1-of-8 from beyond the arc. Salisbury shot 62.5% from the charity stripe as they made 15-of-24 from the line. York sank 8-of-11 from the line.
York did a poor job of taking care of the ball as they committed 24 turnovers for the game. Those miscues turned into 22 Salibury points for the game.
The Spartans close out the fall semester portion of their schedule on Tuesday when they travel to Rowan to face the Profs in a non-conference contest. Tip time is set for 7:00 pm.
The Keli Ward photo is courtesy of Eric Linsley