YORK, PA – The York College women's basketball earned a hard-fought 65-62 win over College of New Jersey on Friday night in the opening round of the 11th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in York. The Spartans scored 12 points over the final three minutes of the game to pull out the win.
Game #2 – First Round of the 11th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Records: York 2-0, College of New Jersey 0-1
Score: York 65, TCNJ 62
Field Goals: York 24-for-64, TCNJ 22-for-56
Field Goal %: York 37.5%, TCNJ 39.3%
Three Point Field Goals: York 7-for-20, TCNJ 8-for-25
Three Point FG %: York 35%, TCNJ 32%
Free Throws: York 10-for-11, TCNJ 10-for-12
Free Throw %: York 90.9%, TCNJ 83.3%
Rebounds: York 34, TCNJ 39
Assists: York 14, TCNJ 15
Turnovers: York 8, TCNJ 16
Blocked Shots: York 3, TCNJ 9
Steals: York 9, TCNJ 3
How It Happened:
• The Spartans got off to a painfully slow start as the Lions forged out to 12-4 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Lions led by eight before the Spartans cut the lead to four on a Molly Day three pointer with 1:32 left in the quarter. Jen Byrne nailed a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left in the quarter, giving TCNJ the 18-12 lead after one.
• The Spartans bounced back in the second quarter as they scored the first nine points of the period to take a 21-18 lead. The Lions recaptured the lead on a Byrne lay up but York closed the period with a 10-2 run to take a 31-24 halftime lead.
• York maintained their lead in the third as the advantage vacillated between three and seven points during the quarter. The Spartans got a Kayla Ferris lay up with seven ticks remaining to secure a 43-38 lead heading to the fourth.
• The fourth quarter provided a load of offensive fireworks as the two teams started throwing proverbial haymakers in the quarter. Debria Hendricks opened the quarter with a lay up but the Lions answered with a Nikki Schott lay up followed by back-to-back threes from Byrne, giving the Lions a 46-45 lead. The teams traded the lead four more times over the next four minutes setting up a scintillating final three minutes of play.
• Hendricks started the final Spartan comeback with a corner three with 2:53 left, tying the game for the fourth and final time at 56. Katie McGowan made it 59-56 with a twisting three point play with 1:59 left and Katie Wagner followed with a steal and lay up with 1:45 left as York had a five point lead. Byrne continued her historic day as the sophomore forward banked home a three from the right wing with 1:31 left, cutting the York lead to two. After a TCNJ timeout with 32.7 seconds left, Beth Wiseley got a steal in the lane with 23.9 left to get possession for York. Hendricks was fouled and sunk both free throws with 22.2 left. The Spartan would need those freebies because Byrne banked home another three with 12.4 seconds left, cutting York's lead to 63-62. Wiseley was fouled on the ensuing possession and she calmly sank both free throws, pushing York's lead back to three. Byrne had a look at the buzzer but her triple fell short and the Spartans escaped with the win.
Debria Hendricks: 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Katie McGowan: 11 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Kayla Ferris: 10 points, 1 rebounds, 2 steals
Beth Wiseley: 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 blocked shot, 1 steal
Jen Byrne: 35 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 12-for-20 FG, 4-for-6 from three, 7-for-7 FT, 39 minutes
Samantha Famulare: 8 points, 2 rebounds
Nikki Schott: 10 rebounds, 4 points, 3 assists, 3 blocked shots, 2 steals
Shannon Devitt: 7 rebounds, 2 points, 1 assist, 5 blocked shots
The Spartans improve to 16-5 in 11 editions of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic … York is now 2-2 all-time against TCNJ as they have won the last two straight … their last two wins have both come in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament … TCNJ's Jen Byrne set a new tournament record with 35 points in the Lions' loss … the Spartans committed just eight turnovers in the win … the eight turnovers are the lowest total since last year's 90-33 win over Alvernia on December 29 … York has held their two opponents to under 40% shooting in both games … York has allowed 15 three pointers in two games while they have made 12 … York has been very good at the free throw line, converting 21-of-31 for the season … Katie McGowan notched her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win … freshman Kayla Ferris had a career-high 10 points in the win as she was 5-for-9 from the floor … senior Beth Wiseley pulled in seven rebounds, one short of her career high set on November 18, 2016 against Pitt-Greensburg.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday afternoon when they face Rowan University in the second round of the 11th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. TCNJ will square off against Grove City in the tournament's third tournament game at 1:00 pm on Saturday afternoon. Rowan earned a 77-69 win over Grove City in Friday's other tournament game.