YORK, PA – In a year of broken records and program firsts,
the list grew with one significant accomplishment on Monday morning
as the York College women’s basketball program was selected
to participate in their first-ever NCAA Division III Women’s
Basketball Championship Tournament. Not only were the Spartans
selected as an at-large, pool C bid, but the Spartans also earned
the right to host three other teams in the opening weekend of the
The Spartans (25-2) welcome Christopher Newport (22-6), Cabrini (23-4), and Baruch (23-5) to Wolf Gymnasium for the weekend. Cabrini and Baruch square off in Friday’s opening game that will tip at 5:00 pm followed by York and Christopher Newport at 7:00 pm.
The Spartans advanced to the tournament courtesy of a regular season that saw the Green and White go 24-1 including 16-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference. York advanced to the CAC championship game before being upset by number three seed Mary Washington on Saturday.
Senior point guard Keli Ward (Nottingham, Pa./Oxford) leads the Spartans, as the Jostens Trophy finalist has been one of the top players in the country. Ward is averaging 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game. She is shooting 52.8% from the floor, 41.8% from three, and 84.4% from the charity stripe. She is ranked first in the CAC in scoring, assists, steals, three-point field goal percentage, and assist to turnover ratio. She is third in free throw percentage, fourth in field goal percentage, tied for fifth in three-point field goals made, and eighth in rebounding. Ward is ranked second in the nation in assists and fifth in assist to turnover ratio. Sophomore April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) is second on the team, and third in the conference, in scoring at 15.6 points per game. She is adding 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She is shooting 50.3% from the floor and 41.4% from three. She is the top free throw shooter in the CAC at 86.8%. Seniors Amanda Andrews (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and Chanel Perez (Biglerville, Pa./Gettysburg) are the other two Spartans averaging double figures. Andrews is averaging 10.7 points and 4.0 caroms per game while Perez is at 10.3 points and 5.9 boards per game.
The Spartans average 76.7 points per game while they are allowing just 55.0 points per contest. The Spartans shoot 46.1% from the floor while they have converted 35.7% of their threes for the year. York shoots 74.8% from the charity stripe.
Christopher Newport earned their trip to the NCAA tournament courtesy of the USA South Championship as they defeated Greensboro College, 66-58, in the conference championship game on Saturday. The Captains will be making their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance with their last tournament berth coming during the 2006-07 season.
Super sophomore Chelsie Schweers paces the Captains as she averages 22.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. She is shooting 49.8% from the field, 40.5% from downtown and 88.8% from the stripe. Schweers has also collected a team-high 82 steals in 28 games for the Captains. Jessica Moore is adding 12.3 points and a team-leading 6.4 rebounds per game. Moore has converted 48% of her attempts from the floor and 71% of her shots from the line. Kimmy Hopkins is the third Captain in double figures as she chips in 10.8 points and 3.5 boards per game.
As a team, the Captains average 71.9 points per game while they are allowing opponents to score 61.0 points per contest. Christopher Newport shoots the ball at a 44.6% clip from the field and 39.6% from downtown. The Captains are solid at the free throw line as they make 71.8% of the attempts from the stripe.
Baruch is making their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years as they earned their berth thanks to their 64-63 CUNYAC Championship game victory over Lehman College.
Kalea Davis leads the Bearcats as she is averaging 16.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. Davis is shooting 52.3% from the floor but just 55.4% from the free throw line. Karlee Whipple is adding 12.9 points and 2.1 steals per game while Monique Salmon is the third Bearcat averaging double figures at 11.6 points per contest.
The Bearcats average 77.8 points per game while they are holding opponents to just 60.1 points per game. Baruch is shooting 43.4% from the floor, 34.4% from three, and 57.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging a whopping 51.2 rebounds per game while opponents are collecting 41.2 boards per game.
Cabrini is making their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance with their automatic berth that was earned via their Colonial States Athletic Conference tournament crown. The Cavaliers defeated Gwynedd-Mercy 78-67 on Saturday to earn their fifth conference championship in program history.
The Cavaliers are led by Deana DiAmico as she is averaging a team-best 11.6 points per game. DiAmico is adding 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. She shoots 45.5% from the floor, 44.2% from three, and 85.5% from the free throw line. Kayleen Smith is the other Cavalier that is averaging double figures as she chips in with 10.8 points per game while she pulls down 6.5 rebounds per game. Brittany McLeod is the Cavaliers’ top rebounder as she collects 8.2 rebounds per game in addition to her 9.4 points per game.
The Cavaliers average 68.0 points per game while they allow 54.1 points per contest. Cabrini shoots 40.2% from the floor, 34.2% from three, and 69.1% from the stripe. The Cavaliers have out-rebounded their opponents 42.6 to 39.4 for the season.
The two first round winners will square off on Saturday night at 7:00 pm with a berth in the Sweet 16 going to the winner.
Tickets will be available at York College starting on Tuesday morning. Tickets will go on sale from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. All remaining tickets will be available starting at 4:00 pm Friday, one hour prior to the tip of the Cabrini and Baruch contest. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for senior citizens (ages 60 and up) and students (18 and under). York College students will a valid ID will be admitted free courtesy of York College.