Spartans End Fall Semester with Eighth Straight Win

FROSTBURG, MD – The York College women's basketball squad concluded the fall semester portion of their 2011-12 schedule with a 64-48 Capital Athletic Conference win at Frostburg State University on Saturday afternoon in Frostburg, MD. The Spartans, winners of eight straight, improve to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the CAC. The Bobcats fall to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the league.

York got off to a quick start, forging at 12-2 lead just over five minutes into the contest. The opening run was powered by sophomore guard Kelsey Murphy, as she had six points during the spurt. The Spartans eventually pushed the lead to 11 at 18-7 but the Bobcats quickly trimmed the York lead to four courtesy of a 7-0 run. York increased the lead back to eight at 24-16 but then the Spartans went ice cold. The Spartans went 6:22 without a point. Fortunately, the Bobcats weren't much better as they could only score seven points during the Spartan drought.

The Green and White had a huge momentum swing with two seconds left. Murphy was fouled shooting a three and she sunk all three attempts at the line. Then Spartan point guard Aja Wallpher picked off the ensuing in-bounds pass and hit a lay up as the Spartan lead that was just one prior to Murphy's free throws, was stretched to six at the half.

The Spartans opened the half with five points from Murphy as the lead grew to nine but FSU got back-to-back buckets, cutting the York lead to five. The Spartans responded with an 8-0 run to take a 42-29 lead. Frostburg made scored six straight points, cutting the York lead to seven but the Spartans scored 11 of the next 13 points of the game to take a 51-37 lead. The Spartan lead would not fall below 12 the rest of the way.

Murphy paced a balanced effort for York as she tallied a season-high 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting including 3-of-7 from three. Murphy also nailed a career-high 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Senior April Sparkman notched her fourth double-double of the year with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Wallpher had one of her better all around games of the year with 10 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. Wallpher also had a steal and a blocked shot in her 37 minutes of action. Sophomore Kristen Haley was the fourth Spartan in double figures with 12 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Brittany Hicks helped the Spartans finish the game with a plus-12 rebound margin as she pulled in 12 caroms in the win. Hicks also had four assists and two steals for York.

Stephanie Straka led Frostburg as she had 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals as she played all 40 minutes in the loss. Elaina Hummel was the other Bobcat in double figures with 10 points. Elizabeth Erickson contributed eight points and seven rebounds for FSU.

The Spartans finished the game shooting 35.4% from the floor for the game. That mark was improved in the second half as the Green and White shot 45.2% from the field in the second half. York was 5-for-23 (21.7%) from three and 13-for-17 (76.5%) from the free throw line.

York held another opponent to under 32% shooting from the floor as the Bobcats converted just 25.8% of their chances from the floor. FSU made 3-of-8 from three and 13-of-19 from the charity stripe.

The Spartans are now off until December 29 when they open their own Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Spartans will host FDU-Florham, Ursinus, and William Paterson in the tournament. York faces FDU-Florham in the opening round at 6:00 pm followed by the second semifinal featuring the Golden Bears and the Pioneers at 8:00 pm.

Aja Wallpher photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)