YORK, PA – The York College women's basketball team used an aggressive defense that grabbed 23 steals along with a career-high 21 points from Kayla Ferris to overpower the Juniata College Eagles 75-58 in a non-conference matchup.
York (Pa.): 4-4
FG Shooting (%): York 26-for-67 (38.8%), Juniata 21-for-56 (37.5%)
Three Point Shooting (%): York 8-for-24 (33.3%), Juniata 9-for-26 (34.6%)
Free Throw Shooting (%): York 15-for-24 (62.5%), Juniata 7-for-9 (77.8%)
Rebounding: York 31, Juniata 51
Assists: York 19, Juniata 17
Turnovers: York 11, Juniata 32
Blocked Shots: York 4, Juniata 4
Steals: York 23, Juniata 4
• Juniata jumped out to an early lead as they hit two three-pointers in the first 1:31 of the game to grab a 6-0 advantage out of the gate. The Spartans answered with a 12-0 run starting off with Katie McGowan's first three of the season followed by four straight points by Debria Hendricks, three points off an and-1 opportunity by Logynn Fuller, and a deep two from McGowan to build a 12-6 lead before Juniata finally scored again after the Spartan defense held them scoreless for almost four straight minutes. The Spartans led 19-15 after the first quarter.
• The second quarter was dominated by the Spartan defense causing some sloppy play from the Eagles and York took advantage scoring ten points in the frame off Eagle mishaps. The Spartans doubled up Juniata 34-17 after opening the quarter on a 15-2 run holding Juniata to only one basket in the first 6:27 of the second quarter. The Spartans dominated the period and took a 39-26 lead into the halftime break.
• The third quarter was controlled by York as they never relinquished their double-digit lead and did not ever allow the lead to get under 10 points. Kayla Ferris and McGowan started the period with early three-pointers to maintain the large lead. The Eagles cut the lead to 10 after a quick 8-0 run late in the quarter but a Fuller buzzer-beater from the left wing pushed the lead back up to 57-44.
• A 9-1 run to open the final period for the Spartans grew the lead to 21 points, the largest of the game, and never let the Eagles crawl back into the game and coasted to a 75-58 victory.
Kayla Ferris: 21 points, 7 steals, 3 assists, 2 rebounds
Katie McGowan: 14 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals
Logynn Fuller: 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
Debria Hendricks: 9 points, 6 steals, 2 assists, 2 rebounds
Gracie Stauffer: 18 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 assists
Grace Long: 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block
Larissa Leonard: 8 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds
The Spartans are now 9-8 all time against the Eagles and have won two straight in the series … this was the first meeting between the two teams since March 3, 2012 as the Spartans defeated Juniata 90-81 in the NCAA Tournament Second Round … York recorded 23 steals in the win, good for second most all time trailing only when they grabbed 24 steals on January 28, 2009 against Hood College … the York offense put up over 70 points for the third time this year and second straight game … the 70 point plateau is the magic number for the Spartans as they are now 3-0 when scoring over 70 points and 1-4 when failing to do so … sophomore Kayla Ferris recorded a new career high with 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting … Ferris is now shooting 57.3% from the field and a staggering 62.1% from three-point range as she now leads the team with 14.8 points per game … Ferris also recorded at least seven steals for the third game this season … Debria Hendricks set a new career mark as she grabbed six steals in the win … Katie McGowan also tied her career high as she snagged six steals as well … McGowan also tallied 14 points which is the seventh time she has put up double-digit points on the year … York is now 2-3 at home on the season.
The Spartans are back on the road in their next contest as they travel to take on the Lancaster Bible College Chargers on Saturday. Tip-off scheduled for 1:00 pm in Lancaster, Pa.