McGowan Records Double-Double in CAC First Round Win

Katie McGowan photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Katie McGowan photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, PA. – The York College women's basketball team, behind Katie McGowan's 20-point, 11-rebound performance, led wire-to-wire, defeating Frostburg State University 66-61 in the Capital Athletic Conference first round on Tuesday night at the Charles Wolf Gymnasium. The Spartans advance to the semifinals on Thursday to take on Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.

RECORDS

York (Pa.): 18-8, 13-5 CAC

Frostburg State: 12-14, 8-10 CAC

TEAM STATS

FG Shooting (%): York 20-for-59 (33.9%), FSU 20-for-72 (27.8%)

Three Point Shooting (%): York 6-for-23 (26.1%), FSU 9-for-26 (34.6%)

Free Throw Shooting (%): York 20-for-30 (66.7%), FSU 12-for-15 (80.0%)

Rebounding: York 54, FSU 43

Assists: York 13, FSU 11

Turnovers: York 18, FSU 13

Blocked Shots: York 4, FSU 3

Steals: York 6, FSU 10

HOW IT HAPPENED

• York converted its first two shots of the game, scored by Katie Wagner and Katie McGowan, and opened the game on an 11-0 spurt. The Spartans especially clamped down on the defensive end, forcing a pair of turnovers and didn't allow a single point from Frostburg State for the first 5:59 of the first quarter. The Bobcats started 0-11 from the field. McGowan nailed a nifty step-back jumper to open the lead to 15-2. Then, after a three from FSU, Kayla Ferris grabbed an offensive rebound off a three, kicked it back to Debria Hendricks, who drilled a long ball, pushing the lead back to 13 points. With 10 seconds left, the Bobcats closed within seven off a three, but Wagner quickly pushed the ball up the court and found Haley Luckabaugh for a corner three at the buzzer, giving York a 21-11 advantage after the first.

• The Green and White were quick and decisive in transition, pushing the ball on misses, frequently catching the Bobcats in mismatches. To open the second quarter, Wagner got a steal on the defensive end, pushed it to Beth Wiseley, who found McGowan with a much smaller player on her, and she easily turned and finished off the glass. Shots beyond the arc, however, kept the Bobcats afloat. On three straight made field goals, FSU hit from deep and were able to close within five, at 24-19 with just under seven minutes to play in the half. Morgan Kuehne knocked down a pair of jumpers before Sam Mocniak and Ferris finished the half with baskets, giving the Spartans a 33-25 lead.

• Adjowa Pinkrah opened the half with six points for the Bobcats, but McGowan hit another step back from the foul line for York's first field goal of the second half. Wagner finished through contact, and made the ensuing foul shot to complete the three-point play and push to a 39-31 lead. It resulted in an 11-2 run for York, capped by a three from Mocniak, her first of the game. Mocniak hit another one just over a minute later, opening the lead back to double digits at 48-36. Both teams struggled offensively to close the third, combining for just eight points in the final 4:10, but the Spartans still led 51-41.

• McGowan proved tough to handle all night long, punishing the Bobcats on the offensive glass. She battled for a few rebounds to open the fourth quarter, forcing a foul and converting both free throws. The next time down the court, she grabbed her own miss, clinching a double-double, and made the put back, again opening the lead to double digits. York was stuck on 59 points, though, and FSU put together a 6-0 run because of it, closing to 59-52. Wagner stopped the bleeding with a layup with 4:01 to play. York managed just seven points in the final six minutes, with five of them coming from the foul line in the final minute, but defended well enough to advance to the CAC semifinals with a 66-61 win.

SPARTAN LEADERS

Katie McGowan: 20 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 1 assist

Katie Wagner: 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

Beth Wiseley: 8 rebounds, 7 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Morgan Kuehne: 8 rebounds, 7 points, 1 assist, 1 block

BOBCAT LEADERS

Victoria Diggs: 28 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 assist

Adjowa Pinkrah: 8 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist

GAME NOTES

York is now 17-3 all-time against the Bobcats and have won eight straight in the series … the Spartans are 26-25 all-time in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament while they are 19-6 in first round games … York is now 3-0 against FSU in opening round games, including last year's first round win, 72-62  … Katie McGowan finished with her fifth double-double of the season, and the team's seventh … she matched her career high with 11 rebounds … she made 10 free throws, a career high … she attempted 16 free throws, tied for the third most in school history … Beth Wiseley matched her career high with eight rebounds … York improves to 10-4 at home this season … the Spartans led once again at the half, and are now 15-2 when leading at the break … York attempted 23 threes, three less than FSU, staying a perfect 7-0 when shooting less threes than the opponent … the Green and White hit 20 free throws, the sixth-most this season, and are 11-2 when making more than the opponent … York also is 12-2 when outrebounding the opponent … McGowan finished with 20 points, and York is 7-2 when a player goes for at least 20.

UP NEXT

The Spartans head to No. 2-seed Christopher Newport on Thursday night for the CAC semifinals. Tip time at the Freeman Center will be at 6:00 pm as the opening part of the doubleheader with the Captain men's team. On the other side of the bracket, Mary Washington heads to No. 1 seeded Marymount (Va.) for the tournament's other semifinal game on Thursday. The two semifinal winners face off on Saturday for the conference championship game at the site of the highest remaining seed.

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

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