DOVER, DEL.-The York College women’s basketball team used a late first half run combined with stifling defense to down Wesley College 65-47 in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night in Dover, Del. The Spartans, who have now won six straight, improve to 12-3 overall and 4-2 in the CAC. The Wolverines fall to 7-7 overall and 4-2 in the league. The meeting was the first-ever between the two programs as Wesley joined the CAC this season.
York got hot early as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead just under two minutes into the contest. The Spartan lead grew to 14-2 on a Keli Ward (Nottingham, Pa./Oxford) triple with 13:02 remaining in the half. The Wolverines responded with a quick 9-1 run capped by a three from Stephanie Bailey, cutting the York lead to four at 15-11 with 8:54 showing on the clock. Junior Amanda Andrews (Fallston, Md./Fallston) then kick started a 17-4 run with a three as the Spartans took a 32-15 lead to the break. The Spartan run covered the final 8:36 of the half as York established control of the game.
The second half saw the Spartans maintain their double figure advantage. The York lead grew to as many as 18 on an Amy Fry (Carlisle, Pa./Big Spring) lay up with 11:40 remaining. The Wolverines scored 12 of the next 17 points to draw to within 11 at 51-40 with 5:33 left. After a Kristen Daly (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) lay up and an Andrews free throw pushed the lead back to 14, the Wolverines got a three from Colleen Thomas and a lay up by Patricia Milner to cut the York lead to single digits for the first time since midway through the first half. Daly then scored the next five points of the game as the Spartan lead grew back to 14 with 1:45 remaining in the game. Ward completed a three point play less than a minute later to increase the York lead to 17 with just under a minute left. The Spartans ended the game on an 11-2 spurt after the Wolverines had trimmed the York led to nine with 4:05 remaining, securing the road conference victory.
Andrews led the Spartans with 22 points, one off her career high. She was 8-for-11 from the floor including tying her career-high with five three pointers in seven attempts. Andrews also had four rebounds and one assist in the win. Ward contributed 14 points, six rebounds, and six assists in her 34 minutes of action. Daly recorded a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Daly also had five assists and a steal in her 29 minutes of work. Freshman April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) was the fourth Spartan in double figures with 10 points while she also had nine rebounds.
Wesley was paced by Thomas as she tallied 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the floor including a trio of treys. Angie Owens was the other Wolverine in double figures with 10 points. Owens added six rebounds to the Wesley cause. Herbie Rayne led the Wolverines on the glass as she pulled in eight caroms in 19 minutes of play.
The Spartans finished the game shooting 38.7% from the floor while they limited the Wolverines to 32.8% shooting for the game. York converted 9-of-22 from distance while Wesley was just 4-for-20 from beyond the arc. The Spartans pounded the Wolverines on the glass, holding a 49-37 edge in rebounding. The Spartans struggled from the free throw line as they were just 8-for-17, a mark of just 47.1%, their worst free throw shooting of the year. Fortunately for York, Wesley was worse from the line as they were just 3-for-7 (42.9%).
The Spartans return to action on Saturday afternoon as they host Gallaudet University in a CAC contest. Tip time from the Grumbacher Center is set for 4:00 pm.
Amanda Andrews photo courtesy of Eric Linsley