February 6, 2014

Spartans Get Back in the Win Column with Victory over Wesley

YORK, PA – The York College women's basketball team put together a solid effort to get back on the winning side of the ledger with a 73-48 Capital Athletic Conference win over Wesley on Thursday night in York.

The nationally ranked Spartans improve to 19-1 overall and 11-1 in the conference. Wesley falls to 4-16 overall and 1-10 in the league. York is ranked 10th in the d3hoops.com Poll and #15 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll.

The Spartans had a very strange first half as senior forwards Kristen Haley (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Visitation) and Brittany Hicks (Dover, Pa./York Catholic) combined to score 29 of the Spartans' 31 first half points. In fact, until point guard Aja Wallpher (Ellicott City, Md./Seton Keough) hit a pair of free throws with 42 seconds left in the half, Haley and Hicks scored all of York's points. The Spartans led 31-16 at the half.

The Green and White were far more balanced in the second half as they pulled away from the Wolverines. Senior Jess Selby (Upper Marlboro, Md./Calverton School) hit a three to start the half as York began the half with an 8-0 run.

Wesley cut the Spartan lead to 14 with 13:47 left but the Spartans scored eight of the next 11 points to push the lead back to 20. Wesley would not get closer than 16 the rest of the way before the Spartans settled for the 25-point win.

The 20-plus point win is the Spartans' ninth of the year.

Haley poured in a season-high 24 points in just 21 minutes of work. The senior forward was 9-for-13 from the floor and 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Haley also had seven rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals for York. Hicks added her tenth double-double of the year with 17 points and 15 rebounds in 27 minutes of action. Hicks was 8-for-10 from the floor and 1-for-1 from the stripe.

Freshman Sam Hruz (White Marsh, Md./Mercy) came off the bench to tally 10 second half points, as she was 4-for-5 from the floor including 2-for-2 from three. Hruz also had two more blocked shots in 16 minutes of play. Wallpher handed out 11 assists as she had just one turnover in 27 minutes of work. The double-digit assist effort is the third of the year for Wallpher.

Brionna Johnson recorded a double-double to lead Wesley as she had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Johnson was 5-for-9 from the field and 6-for-10 at the free throw line. Roniece Williams added 13 points, four rebounds, three assists, and three steals for Wesley. Haley Thomas hit a trio of threes for nine points for the Wolverines.

York shot 50.9% from the floor for the game, their highest shooting percentage of the year. York went 4-for-13 (30.8%) from three while they converted 11-for-14 from the stripe.

Wesley finished the game shooting 31.9% from the floor. The Wolverines were good from three as they canned 6-of-14 (42.9%) while they also went 12-for-17 (70.6%) from the free throw line.

York outrebounded the Wolverines 35-29 as the Spartans had an 18-7 advantage in second chance points. The Green and White forced 20 Wesley turnovers, which they converted into 19 points.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they host Marymount University in a key CAC contest. Tip time at Wolf Gymnasium is set for 1:00 pm.

Audio Highlights courtesy of Darrell Henry - The Voice of the Spartans

Kristen Haley photo courtesy of Taylor Gamber