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Hicks, Haley, and Wallpher Earn All-CAC Accolades
YORK, PA – Three York College women's basketball players were named to the 2012-13 Capital Athletic Conference all league teams as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
Juniors Kristen Haley (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Visitation), Brittany Hicks (Dover, Pa./York Catholic), and Aja Wallpher (Ellicott City, Md./Seton Keough) were recognized by the league's coaches after a 20-win season for the Green and White. Hicks and Haley were named first-team honorees while Wallpher earned a second-team nod.
Hicks was fantastic all season long for the Green and White. She led the Spartans in scoring and rebounding as she averaged 16.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Hicks recorded a team-high 15 double-doubles throughout the year including a career-high 32 points in the February 13 game at Mary Washington and 18 rebounds in the February 9 win over Wesley. She became the 14th member of the 1,000-career point club in that win over Wesley.
Hicks shot 44.3% from the floor and shot 75% from the free throw line as she made a conference-leading 188 trips to the free throw line. She has led the CAC in free throw attempts and makes each of the last three years. Hicks finished tied for second in the CAC in scoring, was second in rebounding, sixth in field goal percentage, and seventh in field goal percentage.
Hicks ended her junior year with 1,086 career points, 682 rebounds, 499 free throw attempts, 143 assists and 101 steals. Hicks is now a two-time All-CAC player after being a second-team selection last year. Her 15 double-doubles ranks her 18th in the nation in that category.
Spartan head coach Betsy Witman appreciates Hicks' play this year.
"Brittany had a fantastic year," says Witman. "She is a very hard worker that has continued to get better each year. Brittany is such a competitor that she pushes herself and her teammates to give their best. I am excited to see how good she can be as a senior."
Haley makes her third appearance on the all-conference list after being the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year in 2010 and a second-team selection last winter. The forward averaged 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. She shot 44% from the floor, 27% from three and 65% from the free throw line.
She became the 13th member of the Spartans' 1,000-career point club with her career-high 27 points in the January 26 win over St. Mary's. For her career, Haley has accumulated 1,145 points, 680 rebounds, 139 blocked shots, 89 steals and 78 assists in her 86 career contests.
Haley ranked fifth in the CAC in scoring, eighth in rebounding, and second in blocked shots. Haley's 44% shooting left her seventh in the league while her 89 free throw attempts tied her for fifth in the conference. Haley really turned in on late in the season as she scored 20-plus points in five of her final nine games. She had seven double-doubles for the season.
"Kristen is such a steady and consistent player," says Witman. "She really played well in the second half the season and much of that is attributed to how hard she works."
Wallpher ended the season averaging 6.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 4.3 steals per game. She broke a 22-year old conference record on February 16 when she handed out 17 assists in the win over Frostburg State. She is currently ranked third in the nation in assist per game while she led the CAC for the second straight year in the category.
Wallpher also gets it done on the defensive end as she accumulated 112 steals which ranks her fifth in the country at 4.31 per game. The 112 steals ranks her second on the Spartans' all-time list. Wallpher also ranks fifth nationally in assist to turnover ratio as she boast a 2.31 mark.
Wallpher has accumulated 540 assists in her career, which trails all-time leader and former All-American Keli Ward by exactly 100 helpers. She also has 311 steals, which is 24 short of tying Paula Rusnock's school-record of 335. Wallpher also has 564 career points and 318 rebounds in her 85 games played.
The All-CAC award is the second straight for the junior point guard as she was a first-team selection last year.
"Aja is our floor general in the truest sense of the term," says Witman. "She has a great understanding of the game and has a deep desire to facilitate her teammates. Her ability to run our team is a testament to her abilities."
All three Spartans will return next year, as the Spartans will look to make a run at the CAC title and their third NCAA Tournament berth in the last four years.