YORK, PA – The York College women's basketball team led by 15 in the third quarter, but could not hold off Salisbury University on Senior Day, falling to the Sea Gulls 64-61 on Saturday at Charles Wolf Gymnasium in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Katie Wagner scored the first eight points for the Spartans, and finished with 17, while Morgan Kuehne added 16.
York (Pa.): 15-8, 11-5 CAC
Salisbury: 13-10, 8-8 CAC
FG Shooting (%): York 23-for-73 (31.5%), Salisbury 26-for-62 (41.9%)
Three Point Shooting (%): York 7-for-21 (33.3%), Salisbury 6-for-13 (46.2%)
Free Throw Shooting (%): York 8-for-9 (88.9%), Salisbury 6-for-14 (42.9%)
Rebounding: York 41, Salisbury 52
Assists: York 13, Salisbury 19
Turnovers: York 12, Salisbury 23
Blocked Shots: York 1, Salisbury 3
Steals: York 16, Salisbury 6
HOW IT HAPPENED
• York started well, opening up an early 5-2 lead after a long ball from Katie Wagner. Wagner, in fact, scored the first eight points of the game for the Spartans, just two days after Sam Mocniak scored York's first 11 against PSU-Harrisburg. Leading 13-11 with 3:29 to play, York finished on a 6-2 run, including a layup from Katie McGowan with two seconds to play in the period.
• The Spartans continued that 6-0 run at the end of the first with another 12-2 run to open the second. Wagner scored the first bucket before Morgan Kuehne converted four consecutive baskets, including one three pointer to push York to a 31-15 lead. The Sea Gulls stormed back in the latter stages of the quarter, going on a 10-2 run to close within 34-27. But, the Green and White finished out the half in tremendous fashion, beginning with a long ball from Wagner, and then a steal and layup for Mocniak to give York a 39-27 halftime advantage.
• McGowan knocked down two free throws and a layup to open the second half, as York still led by double digits three minutes into the second half. After McGowan earned a bucket and the foul, the Spartans led by 15 at the halfway point of the third. From there, though, Salisbury finished the quarter on a 14-2 run to close within 51-48 at the end of the quarter.
• Both teams traded buckets to open the final quarter, but Salisbury tied the game at 55-55 with 6:30 to play. The Sea Gulls would eventually take the lead 59-58, their first lead since 10-8, and never looked back. York managed just three points in the final 5:55 as Salisbury came back to win 64-61.
Katie Wagner: 17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals
Morgan Kuehne: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists
Katie McGowan: 14 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists
SEA GULL LEADERS
Mary McDonagh: 19 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds
Morgan Grubb: 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists
Kaylyn French: 10 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist
The Spartans are now 20-22 all-time against Salisbury … York is now 5-2 in the last seven meetings with the Sea Gulls … the Spartans' lead was as large as 15 points in the third quarter … the Spartans fall to 12-2 when leading at the half … York led despite shooting just 33.3% from the field, while Salisbury shot 41.9% … the Sea Gulls killed the Spartans on the glass, and York is just 5-6 when outrebounded this season … the Green and White were outrebounded by 11, the most since PSU-Harrisburg on January 10, when the Lions outrebounded York by 19 … York fell to 13-5 when committing less turnovers than its opponents … Katie Wagner led York in scoring for the third time in the last five games … Wagner has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 13 games … earlier this season, Wagner blitzed Salisbury for a career-high 22 points … Morgan Kuehne scored 16, her highest total since scoring 20 on Southern Virginia on January 6 … Katie McGowan grabbed nine rebounds, the fourth straight game recording at least seven boards.
York will host St. Mary's (Md.) in the regular season home finale on Wednesday. The Spartans defeated the Seahawks earlier this season 56-41 on January 17. York is 49-11 all-time against St. Mary's, and have won the last 15 meetings. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m.