Spartans Fall to Nationally Ranked Marymount on Wednesday
YORK, PA - The Marymount University women’s basketball squad (20-1, 11-1 CAC) handled the York (8-12, 4-7 CAC) Wednesday evening 75-57 in a Capital Athletic Conference game at the Spartans’ Charles Wolf Gymnasium.
Marymount, ranked eighth in the nation by d3hoops.com, opened the game with a three-point field goal by junior Amanda Billy, her first of a game high 18 points.
The Spartans fell into a 15-7 hole before opening up a 9-1 scoring run, taking their lone lead of the game by a 16-15 count with 11:40 left in the first half. The run featured seven points from senior Jamie Polan (York, Pa./ West York) who finished the game with 12 points and 5 assists.
York forced the Saints to shoot from outside of the perimeter in the first half, with the Green and White playing stiff defense in the paint.
Marymount got hot however, as the Saints went on a 15-4 rampage to end the first half. During the run, the visitors nailed three consecutive three-point field goals, including two by guard Tara Eddy.
The Saints took full advantage of the Spartans 12 giveaways in the first half outscoring their hosts 10-2 on points off the turnovers.
Marymount came out of the locker rooms, as they began to run the floor, while remaining patient for open perimeter shots.
York traded points early in the second frame with the Saints, but Marymount would have the final word as they slowly pulled away for the 18-point victory.
Junior guard April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville), fresh off of her 1,000th career point in a Spartan uniform, scored 10 of her team-high 14 points in the second half.
Three Saints ended the game in double figures. Billy scored 18 points on 6-of-15 from the floor. Kathleen Brown added 15 points shooting 5-for-8 from the floor while hitting all five free throw attempts. Jackie Bohenek tallied 12 points off the bench shooting 4-for-4 while hitting 4-of-7 from the charity stripe.
York posted two players in double-digits as Polan canned 12 points, hitting 5-of-12 attempts from the floor, to go along with Sparkman’s 15. Sparkman’s 15-point night came via a 4-of-13 performance. The Spartans shot 42% from the floor through the game and 90% from the free-throw line, while handing over 24 turnovers.
The Green and White end their four-game home stand with another conference match-up with Salisbury (7-10, 4-6 CAC) this Saturday. York won the last meeting back on January 13 by a score of 67-64. The game is set for a 4:00 pm tip-off at the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center. With the anticipated poor weather conditions this weekend please visit www.ycpspartans.com for up-to-date information on the game.
Game Story written by sport information student-intern Garrett Wampler
Jamie Polan photo courtesy of Mike Zortman