YORK, PA - Keli Ward (Nottingham, Pa./Oxford) became York’s all-time assists leader and Amanda Andrews (Fallston, Md./Fallston) tallied a career-high 25 points as the York College women’s basketball team exploded to a season-high 92 points in their 92-55 victory over Wesley Saturday evening at the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center. With the win, the Spartans improve to 16-7 and 8-6 in league play while the Wolverines drop to 11-11 and 7-6 in the CAC.
Needing only five helpers to set a new Spartan career assist mark, Ward only took game’s first 7:50 to rewrite the record books. With 12:10 remaining in the first half, Ward found senior forward Kristen Daly (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) who converted her lay-up. Ward’s 396th career helper passed the previous mark of 395 set by Heather Kessler during the 2004-05 season.
Up to this point in the contest, the visiting Wolverines were having the better of the play. After being down 7-0 in the game’s opening minutes, the Spartans clawed their way back and grabbed their first lead of the game on another Daly lay-up with 10:59 remaining in the first frame. Three more minutes of back-and-forth play ensued before the Spartan offense exploded all over the scoreboard.
A pair of Chanel Perez (Biglerville, Pa./Gettysburg) scores brought the green and white from down three to up one at 23-22 with 7:56 left in the half. The home squad would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Following Perez’s tallies, the Spartans would embark on a strong 21-8 run that would send them to the locker room up 44-30.
For the half, the Spartans shot 51.4% on 18-for-35 from the floor including 5-for-11 from three. York also grabbed 21 rebounds during the opening 20 minutes including eight on the offensive end. Wesley nailed 14 of their 28 attempts for 42.9% from the field and went a respectable 4-for-11 from deep. On the glass, the Wolverines were only able to manage 14 boards.
As strong as the Spartans finished the final eight minutes of the first half, the green and white found an extra gear in the second stanza. Andrews kick-started the period by canning her fourth triple of the game 52 seconds into the frame.
Two and half minutes later Andrews would convert her fifth three to put her team up 18 at 54-36 with 16:41 to go in the contest. Andrews’ three started yet another Spartan eight-minute spurt that would stretch the home squad’s lead to as much as 38. Over the 28-8 run, Andrews would knockdown two more triples before an April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) jumper gave the Spartans their first 38-point lead at 82-44 with 7:43 remaining.
York was then able to cruise over the final seven minutes to capture the 92-55 win.
For the game, the Spartans shot 55.9% going 38-for-68 from the floor. York was on fire in the latter 20 minutes nailing 20 of their 33 attempts for a strong 60.6%. The Spartans were unconscious from deep knocking down a season-high 13 treys after shooting it 21 times from beyond the arc. In the second half alone, the green and white went a balmy 8-for-10 from distance. The green and white controlled the glass grabbing 46 rebounds to Wesley’s 27 and also dished-out a season-high 26 team assists.
Stunned by the Spartans’ offensive eruption, Wesley was never able to get back on track. The Wolverines shot 34.4% from the field on 21-for-61 shooting, but struggled mightily in the second frame hitting only nine of their 33 attempts. Wesley’s shooting woes spilled over to three-point land as they only managed to go 7-for-23 from deep.
Ward’s record-setting night also included 15 points on an efficient 6-for-10 from the field and 3-for-6 from deep. Her eleven assists for the game ties her career mark and gives the junior 402 helpers over her three seasons. Andrews’ 25 points came on 9-for-16 shooting while she hit a career-best seven triples on a mere ten attempts. Daly put in a solid senior night performance tallying 16 points on 8-for-15 shooting while grabbing nine rebounds and handing-out four assists. Perez and Sparkman gave the home squad five players in double-digits as they each recorded eleven points.
Wesley’s Angie Owens and Colleen Thomas each scored 16 points to lead the visitors. Owens, a 6-foot freshman forward, tallied her 16 on 7-for-12 shooting and 2-for-5 from the charity stripe. Sophomore forward Thomas hit five of her ten attempts from the floor and went 2-for-4 from three. The CAC’s top free-throw shooter at 87.2% also converted all four of her foul shots. Freshman guard Cory Boyd dished out a team-high ten assists as she put in a strong performance despite the end result.
The Spartans next travel to Gallaudet on Wednesday, February 20 for their CAC contest. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 pm.
Amanda Andrews photo courtesy of Eric Linsley