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Witman and Haley Earn CAC Post-Season Awards; Sapp Named All-CAC
YORK, PA – Three members of the York College women's basketball program were honored by the Capital Athletic Conference as the all-league teams were released on Tuesday by the conference office. Spartan mentor Betsy Witman earned her third CAC Coach-of-the-Year award while freshman Kristen Haley (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Visitation) was named the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year. Haley was joined on the second-team by senior captain Jaimie Sapp (Bluemont, Va./Loudon Valley).
Witman earned the Coach-of-the-Year after guiding the third-seeded Spartans to the tournament title. The Spartans, who spent a majority of the year starting four freshmen and Sapp, finished the year with 16 wins and their first CAC Tournament Championship. The Spartans are making their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last three years. Witman was also named the Coach-of-the-Year in 2002 and in 2009.
Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Haley leads the Spartans in scoring and rebounding at 11.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. She is shooting 42.8% from the floor, 40% (8-for-20) from three, and 55.7% from the free throw line. She recorded a team-high 45 blocked shots while she also had 25 steals and 24 assists. She recorded a team-best six double-doubles including 15 points and 13 rebounds in the CAC Championship game win over Wesley.
Haley registered a career-high 23 points in the February 19 win over Salisbury while she set her career standard in rebounding with 14 in the December 11 win over Frostburg State. She reached double figures in 16 games including four 21-plus point efforts.
Haley led the Spartans in scoring in eight games while she was the top Spartan rebounder in 15 contests. Haley ranks 12th in the CAC in scoring and seventh in the league in rebounding.
Sapp is tied with Haley in the per-game scoring as she is also contributing 11 points per game. She is pulling in 4.0 rebounds per game while she has also blocked 24 shots, handed out 16 assists and notched nine steals. Sapp is shooting 47.2% from the floor and 53.9% from the free throw line.
Sapp lead the Spartans in scoring in nine games and was high rebounder in one contest for the year. She was huge in the CAC Championship game as the senior tallied 23 points in the banner-clinching win. Sapp established a new career-high with 24 points in the December 11 win over Frostburg State. Sapp reached double figures in 16 games including a pair of 20-plus point performances.
Sapp is tied for 12th in the CAC in scoring and second in field goal percentage. The All-CAC appearance is the first for the senior captain.
Witman, Haley, Sapp and the rest of the Spartan squad travel to #12 Christopher Newport to face the Captains in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Tip time on Friday night is scheduled for 7:30 pm.