Behind McGowan, York Cruises to Win Over Mary Washington

Behind McGowan, York Cruises to Win Over Mary Washington

YORK, PA – The York College women's basketball team, fueled by a balanced attacked, ran away from the University of Mary Washington 73-56 at Charles Wolf Gymnasium in Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday. Five Spartans scored in double figures, the most this season, including Katie McGowan, who poured in a career-high 20.

RECORDS

York (Pa.): 5-1, 2-0 CAC

Mary Washington: 2-4, 1-1 CAC

 

TEAM STATS

FG Shooting (%): York 26-for-67 (38.8%), Mary Washington 18-for-53 (34.0%)

Three Point Shooting (%): York 5-for-21 (23.8%), Mary Washington 1-for-15 (6.7%)

Free Throw Shooting (%): York 16-for-20 (80%), Mary Washington 19-for-20 (95%)

Rebounding: York 40, Mary Washington 39

Assists: York 19, Mary Washington 7

Turnovers: York 11, Mary Washington 19

Blocked Shots: York 2, Mary Washington 6

Steals: York 10, Mary Washington 6

 

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

• Both teams spent most of the first quarter trading buckets, but York led for the majority of the opening 10 minutes. Twice the Spartans jumped out to four-point leads, but the Eagles were able to close to 15-13 by the end of the period.

• After leading for much of the first quarter, York made their move to open the second. A three pointer from sophomore Molly Day ignited an 8-0 run, in which four Spartans scored, and opened the Green and White's lead to 23-13, the largest lead of the game. With 2:27 left in the first half, Katie McGowan converted a layup while drawing the foul to earn a three-point play the old fashioned way. She drilled her free throw, and the lead climbed to 12, at 31-19. Kendall Parker beat the buzzer for Mary Washington, cutting York's lead to 34-25 at the break.

• To open the third quarter, a set play led to a three pointer for Morgan Kuehne just 10 seconds in. But, it was Mary Washington who immediately went on a 12-2 run to close within two points. The lead grew to five before Kayla Ferris went on a 5-0 run by herself to keep the Eagles at arms length. The Spartans picked up the pace in the third, led by Katie Wagner running on steals and defensive rebounds. She threw a half-court pass to Ferris for her first bucket, one that she was fouled on. Then, after a miss, Wagner pushed and Day ended up finding a streaking Ferris for the easy layup. To close out the half, Ferris was under the basket and put back a miss at the buzzer to finish with seven points in the final 1:50 of the quarter. Just like that, the lead was 55-43 heading to the fourth.

• It was McGowan who took over in the final quarter, scoring nine points, including going 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. In fact, as a team, York went 8-for-9 from the line to put away the Eagles 73-56.

 

SPARTAN LEADERS

Katie McGowan: 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Kayla Ferris: 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Morgan Kuehne: 13 points, 4 rebounds

Katie Wagner: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Molly Day: 11 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal

 

EAGLE LEADERS

Kendall Parker: 14 points, 2 assists

Kayla Sakyi: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

 

GAME NOTES

York is now 25-46 all-time against the Eagles … the win snapped a three-game losing streak to Mary Washington … York improved to 4-0 at home … the Green and White are now 4-0 when shooting at least 70% from the free throw line … it marked the first time York made more three pointers than its opponent … five players scored at least 11 points, the first time five finished in double figures this season … Katie McGowan set a career high with 20 points … McGowan's eight-made free throws matches a career high … it was her fifth game in double figures, out of six, this season … Kayla Ferris matched career highs with 13 points and seven rebounds … Katie Wagner matched a season high of seven rebounds.

 

UP NEXT

The Spartans stay at Charles Wolf Gymnasium to host Frostburg St. on Wednesday at 6 p.m. York is 14-3 all-time against the Bobcats, and has won five straight against the CAC foe, including three victories last year.

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

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