GLASSBORO, N.J. – The York College women’s lost their first road game in 21 months with a 75-62 setback at Rowan University on Tuesday night. The Spartans fall to 1-1 with the loss while the Profs improve to 1-0 with their season opening win.
Rowan began its season with a flurry of nine points to open the game as the Spartans found themselves without a score in the first three minutes of the game. Back-to-back threes by Jamie Polan (York, Pa./West York) and Khadija Mitchell (Bel Air, Md./Mercy) got the Spartans back in the game but the Profs were able to maintain their lead between three and seven points over the first 10 minutes of the half. York cut the Rowan lead to one twice in the first half, the second coming on a Mitchell three with 7:05 left in the first half.
The Spartans continued to keep their hosts in sight, as Rowan could not pull away from the Green and White. The Spartans went on a 9-2 run late in the half to take their only lead of the game at 32-31. The Profs’ Amanda Jennings hit a pair of free throws and a jumper in the last 1:47 to give the hosts a 35-32 lead heading to the break.
The Spartans shot 44% from the floor in the first half and 40% from three. That trend would not continue in the second half, which doomed York’s chances for victory.
York went ice cold from distance in the second half and Rowan made them pay a dear price. The Profs maintained the lead around seven points until Polan’s three with 13:39 left cut the lead to two at 45-43. That would be York’s lone made three pointer in the second half. The Spartans actually came back to tie the game at 47 on an April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) layup with 11:27 remaining in the game. That’s when York went cold and the Profs put together a 12-2 run to take a 59-49 lead.
York trimmed the lead back to six on a Gayle Exley (Spring City, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) lay up with 6:27 left but the Profs again responded, this time with a 10-0 spurt to put the game out of reach with 3:33 left. The Spartans would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Jennings led the Profs with a stellar night as she had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double. Gina Catanzariti also notched a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Michelle Lala chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds while Alissa Lamey was the fourth Rowan player in double figures with 12 points while she also had nine assists and five rebounds.
Sparkman led the Spartans with 21 points while she also pulled in seven rebounds. Mitchell was the other Spartan in double figures with 14 points while she also had six steals and four assists. Freshman Jenny Kaufman (Halifax, Pa./Halifax) came off the bench to score seven points in just three minutes of action.
The Spartans finished the game shooting 34.3% from the floor, 64.3% from the free throw line and a brutal 20% from three. The Spartans made just one of their 19 second half attempts from distance.
The Profs shot 45.8% from the floor and 73.1% (19-for-26) from the free throw line. Rowan attempted just five threes for the night, making two for a 40% accuracy mark.
The Spartans did force 27 Rowan turnovers, which they turned into 26 points. The Profs dominated points in the paint, 34-20, as the Spartans played without the services of 6’1” junior captain Jaimie Sapp (Bluemont, Va./Loundon Valley) who has missed the first two games of the season due to an injury. The Spartans have had to rely on perimeter shooting early on, something that will change when Sapp returns to the line up.
The Spartans return to action on Friday evening when they travel to Grantham, PA to play McDaniel at the Messiah/Wingate Hotel Invitational hosted by Messiah College. Game time is set for 5:30 pm.