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Spartan Offense Explodes in CAC Tournament Opener

ST. MARY’S CITY, MD – The York College women’s basketball team started their second season with a season-high in points as the Spartans recorded an 88-73 victory over St. Mary’s College in the opening round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The Spartans, who are the tournament’s fifth seed, now advance to face top-seeded Mary Washington in Thursday’s CAC semifinals.

York improves to 12-14 overall while the Seahawks see their season end with a mark of 9-16.

The game was back-and-forth early as the teams were tied at eight just under six minutes into the game. The Spartans went on a 16-3 spurt, turning the tie game into a 24-11 York advantage with 7:25 left in the first half.  St. Mary’s scored the next four points before York went on a 10-0 run, increasing the lead to 19 at 34-15. The Seahawks trimmed the Spartan halftime lead to 15 at 42-27.

York shot a blistering 51.7% (15-for-29) in the first half including 4-of-7 from three. The Spartans also converted 8-of-9 from the free throw line in the stanza.

The Green and White maintained their advantage in double figures for the entire second half. St. Mary’s cut the York lead to 11 on a Megan Seeman three with 12:24 left in the game. York scored eight of the next ten points of the game to take a 64-46 lead with just a shade over ten minutes remaining in the game.

St. Mary’s made one more push, cutting the York lead to 11 one more time but again, the Spartans increased the lead back to 16 with an 8-3 spurt. The York lead would not fall below 12 the rest of the way. The Spartans salted away the win by making 10-of-12 from the free throw line over the last 3:08 of the game.

The Spartan offense produced, not only its most prolific offensive night of the year, but also it’s most balanced. Five Spartans reached double figures led by freshman Jess Kramer (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) as the forward poured in a career-high 16 points in addition to pulling in eight rebounds and handing out four assists. Kramer was 6-for-9 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Senior Jamie Polan (York, Pa./West York) added 15 points including three triples and a perfect 4-for-4 from the stripe. Junior Jaimie Sapp (Bluemont, Va./Loudon Valley) contributed 13 points while she also pulled in six rebounds, handed out three assists and blocked two shots in 32 minutes of action. Freshman Cinthia Ruiz (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) added 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal while junior April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) was the final double figure scorer for York as she notched 11 points.

York shot 50.9% for the game, their second best shooting night of the year. The Green and White went 5-for-11 (45.5%) from three. That mark was also their second best mark of the year. York made 25-of-33 (75.8%) from the charity stripe in the game. The 25 made free throws ties their second-highest mark of the season.

Seeman led the Seahawks as she recorded a game-high 18 points in her 27 minutes of work. Senior standout Steph Saint-Aubin closed out her stellar career with 16 points, seven rebounds, and five steals. Jamie Roberts chipped in 14 points and five rebounds while Pui Sham contributed 11. Alex Wenger recorded nine rebounds and a team-high eight rebounds.

The Seahawks finished the game shooting just 32.4% from the floor, 26.3% (5-for-19) from three while they went 24-for-35 (68.6%) from the free throw line.

For the first time in three meetings with St. Mary’s, the Spartans held a 45-41 rebounding advantage. In the previous two meetings, St. Mary’s outrebounded York by 14 and by 11.

York now takes to the road on Thursday evening when they travel to Fredericksburg, VA to face the top seeded Eagles. Tip time at Goolrick Gym is set for 7:00 pm.

Photo: Senior Jamie Polan

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