December 9, 2009

Gallaudet Upends Frigid Spartans

YORK, PA – The York College women’s basketball team fell hard Wednesday evening, dropping a 70-44 result to visiting Gallaudet University. The loss, York’s first to the Bison in their last 20 contests, leaves the Spartans with a 3-4 record and a 0-1 mark in the Capital Athletic Conference. Gallaudet, who last defeated the Spartans in a 67-64 tilt on January 19, 2000 in York, improves to 4-3 and 2-1 in league play after not winning a CAC tilt in 63 consecutive games.

The Green and White struggled mightily from the field as the Spartans shot a season-low 25.8 percent from the floor. York was a paltry 16-for-62 from the field, including a 6-for-29 performance from three. To make matters worse, the Spartans turned the ball over 27 times which led to 25 Bison points.

The Spartans opened the game by scoring their first nine points via three-point buckets while 12 of their first 14 came from distance.

However, after York’s early success against Gallaudet’s zone defense, the Spartans turned ice-cold. The Bison’s 2-3 defense lulled the Green and White into numerous attempts from three as the home squad simply could not find the mark.

Despite their offensive woes, York looked as if they were going to right the ship late in the first half with an 11-1 run over the stanza’s final 3:39. Down 28-17, Spartan junior guard April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) sandwiched a triple and a pair of freebies between an Andrea Amati free throw for the Bison. Freshmen Jenny Kaufman (Halifax, Pa./Halifax) and Jess Kramer (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) then scored back-to-back buckets before Kramer finished the run with a layup. All told, the Spartans scratched back to within two at the halftime break, 30-28.

York was unable to stretch that momentum into the second half however, as the Bison seized control of the game once more and ran away with the lead. Gallaudet steadily built their advantage throughout the frame reaching an apex of 26.

Nukeitra Hayes was a main contributor to the Bison’s second-half 40-16 onslaught. The reigning CAC Rookie-of-the-Year, who did not play at all in the first 20 minutes, notched 12 points on a near flawless 6-of-7 shooting in the latter frame.

For the game, Easter Faafiti led the Gallaudet charge on both ends of the floor as she recorded a game-high 16 points, on 5-for-10 from the field, while adding nine rebounds and an absurd seven steals. Shaquana McDonough tallied 15 points while Brittainy Payne notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 caroms.

Gallaudet went 27-for-60 from the floor, for 45 percent, while hitting 14-of-22 from the charity stripe. The visitors collected 44 boards while ripping 16 steals.

Sparkman led the Green and White offensively with 14 points while collecting 16 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass. Senior guard Jamie Polan (York, Pa./West York) tallied nine for the Spartan side.

York will look to get back on track Monday, December 14, as they host Wesley in the Green and White’s second CAC contest of the season. The Spartans and Wolverines square off from York’s Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center at 6:00 p.m.

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Jess Kramer photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com)

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