YORK, PA. – The York College women's basketball team fell to Christopher Newport University 93-69 on the road in the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals on Thursday night. Seniors Katie Wagner and Morgan Kuehne led with 16 and 15 points, respectively, in the final games of their career, but the Captains capitalized on turnovers and a significant advantage on the offensive glass to earn a ticket to the CAC championship.
York (Pa.): 18-9, 13-5 CAC
Christopher Newport: 23-3, 16-2 CAC
FG Shooting (%): York 25-for-61 (41.0%), CNU 34-for-75 (45.3%)
Three Point Shooting (%): York 6-for-18 (33.3%), CNU 8-for-17 (47.1%)
Free Throw Shooting (%): York 13-for-17 (76.5%), CNU 17-for-26 (65.4%)
Rebounding: York 37, CNU 46
Assists: York 13, CNU 23
Turnovers: York 22, CNU 13
Blocked Shots: York 5, CNU 0
Steals: York 8, CNU 17
HOW IT HAPPENED
• York opened the game strong, making two of its first three shots from the field, but still trailed 5-4 to CNU because of three early turnovers. Katie McGowan and Sam Mocniak scored York's first buckets, and McGowan added two free throws shortly thereafter. The Spartans turned the ball over five times in the first five minutes, and fell behind 14-6 midway through the first quarter, forcing head coach Betsy Witman to use her first time out. After scoring six quick points to open proceedings, York was held without a field goal for just under five minutes. Morgan Kuehne ended that drought with 3:16 to play in the period, but the Captains continued to force turnovers and make shots on the other end. The Spartans trailed 25-10 after 10 minutes, turning the ball over eight times while forcing just one. Additionally, Newport was 4-for-5 from deep in the opening period.
• CNU eventually put together a 22-6 run stretching from the first quarter, taking a 27-12 lead. McGowan nailed a step-back jumper from the elbow just over a minute into the second, Haley Luckabaugh forced a steal, and Katie Wagner made a layup and then a three to cut the deficit to 27-19. From there, though, CNU scored eight of the next 10 points, with Mocniak making the only York bucket, pushing the lead back to 14. Another run from CNU pushed the lead to 19 at 44-25, but Kayla Ferris made consecutive three pointers, closing within 13. Ferris then turned up the pressure on the defensive end, recording two steals, which led to a pair of buckets from Kuehne. On the second one, Ferris grabbed the offensive rebound and dished to the senior for the mid-range jumper. CNU knocked down two free throws in the final seconds, taking a 49-35-haltime lead.
• York continued to hang around in the early parts of the third quarter, and another three from Ferris closed the deficit to 16. The Captains dominated on the offensive glass, pulling down 15 through the first two-and-a-half quarters, growing the lead to 22, at 63-41. The teams traded runs to end the quarter, and York trailed 68-48 at the end of the third.
• The Spartans battled throughout the second half, and Ferris hit another three in the final period, going 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. CNU, though, was able to extend its lead in the final period, capitalizing on offensive rebounds and its ability to force turnovers, winning 93-69 and advancing to the CAC championship.
Katie Wagner: 16 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist
Morgan Kuehne: 15 points, 7 rebounds
Kayla Ferris: 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist
Micah Maloney: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal
Makeda Wright: 13 points, 2 assists
Sam Porter: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals
York is now 6-11 all-time against the Captains … York is now 2-2 against CNU in CAC playoff history … the Spartans are 26-26 all-time in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament while they are 5-17 in semifinal games … it was York's 13th consecutive season in the semifinal round … Katie Wagner moved into 15th place on the all-time scoring list, passing former standout Chanel Perez … she led the Spartans in scoring for the 10th time this season … Kayla Ferris made a career-high four three pointers, going 4-for-4 from deep … York's 22 turnovers were the fourth-most committed of the season … Morgan Kuehne notched at least 15 points for the fifth time during her senior season … Sam Mocniak finishes her career with 118 career threes, sixth all-time in school history.
The loss closes out the season for the Spartans, and marks the final game for the senior class. Katie Wagner, Morgan Kuehne, Beth Wiseley, Sam Mocniak and Beth Patrick combined to post 68 overall victories, 44 of them coming in CAC play, in their successful careers.