YORK, PA – The York College women's basketball team, buoyed by a career night from Sam Mocniak, defeats PSU-Harrisburg 71-60 on the road in Capital Athletic Conference action on Thursday night. Mocniak recorded a pair of career highs after pouring in 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for her first career double-double. Mocniak was 6-for-7 from three-point range, matching the third-most threes made in a game in school history.
York (Pa.): 15-7, 11-4 CAC
PSU-Harrisburg: 6-16, 1-14 CAC
FG Shooting (%): York 26-for-63 (41.3%), PSU-Harrisburg 24-for-64 (37.5%)
Three Point Shooting (%): York 9-for-22 (40.9%), PSU-Harrisburg 7-for-26 (26.9%)
Free Throw Shooting (%): York 10-for-16 (62.5%), PSU-Harrisburg 5-for-13 (38.5%)
Rebounding: York 46, PSU-Harrisburg 38
Assists: York 17, PSU-Harrisburg 10
Turnovers: York 16, PSU-Harrisburg 15
Blocked Shots: York 1, PSU-Harrisburg 2
Steals: York 8, PSU-Harrisburg 8
HOW IT HAPPENED
• From the first tip, Sam Mocniak was a problem. The Spartans didn't score until over two minutes had passed in the opening quarter, when Mocniak nailed her first three of the game. Then, trailing 7-3, she converted a layup before nailing three pointers on consecutive possessions from both corners to tie the game at 11-11, with the senior pouring in all of the Spartans' buckets. Katie McGowan tied the game back up at 13-13 to join Mocniak as the only Spartans with points. Before the quarter was over, Mocniak hit another long ball, her fourth of the period and York led 25-18 after 10 minutes, with Mocniak accounting for 16 points. Haley Luckabaugh also knocked down a three as the buzzer sounded.
• The Spartans scored the first five points of the second quarter, getting buckets from Beth Wiseley and Debria Hendricks with a free throw in there from Kayla Ferris. PSU-Harrisburg put together a mini 5-0 run to close within eight, at 34-26. York went over three minutes without a point before Morgan Kuehne converted a pair of three throws. Following the Kuehne free throws, the Lions scored the next eight points, cutting into the Spartan lead to 36-34 at the halftime break.
• After going scoreless in the second period, Mocniak opened the third with a three, her fifth of the game, for the first points of the half. Katie Wagner had a pair of buckets, sandwiching a jumper from Wiseley to open the York lead back to nine. After the Lions cut again into the deficit with a couple consecutive buckets, it was Mocniak again stepping up. She nailed her sixth three, and then knocked down a jumper to push the lead back to nine, while setting a career high in the process. Hendricks jumped into the action with consecutive threes, giving York a 13-point advantage, its largest of the game at 56-43 to that point. That lead would grow with a basket from Kayla Ferris. Molly Day received a pass from Hendricks for a layup before the buzzer to give York a 17-point lead at the end of the third.
• With a 64-45 deficit, the Lions scored nine straight to get the game down to 10 points before the teams traded buckets for the remainder of the fourth quarter. Pressure on the defensive end slowed the Lions production, while York converted key buckets to keep its lead in double figures. The win moved York to 11-4 in the CAC and 5-1 on the road in conference play.
Sam Mocniak: 24 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists
Debria Hendricks: 12 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds
Molly Day: 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Kayla Ferris: 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Tessa Dolce: 23 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist
Rachel Miller: 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Shanique Mattis: 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists
The Spartans are now 9-1 all-time against PSU-Harrisburg … York has won seven straight in the series with the Lions … Sam Mocniak recorded her first career double-double after pouring in a career-high 24 points and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds … York is 5-2 when a player goes for over 20 points … the double-double is the fifth of the season for a York player … Mocniak nailed six three pointers, tied for third-most in school history … Debria Hendricks scored 12, one shy of her career high … York is now an impressive 12-1 when leading at the halftime break … York turned the ball over 16 times, one more than the Lions, moving to 2-3 when turning the ball over more than its opponents … the Spartans are now 5-1 on the road in CAC play.
Senior Day is next, as York will host Salisbury on Saturday. The Spartans took down the Sea Gulls 67-59 in the matchup earlier this season, behind a career-high 22 points from Katie Wagner. Furthermore, York has won five of its last six against the Sea Gulls, and are 20-21 all-time. Tip is scheduled for 1 p.m.