Hicks Gets 1,000 and Wallpher Reaches 500 as Spartans Cruise Past Wesley

Hicks Gets 1,000 and Wallpher Reaches 500 as Spartans Cruise Past Wesley

YORK, PA – The York College women's basketball team had a milestone type of game in their 69-39 win over Wesley on Saturday afternoon in York. Junior forward Brittany Hicks (Dover, Pa./York Catholic) became the 14th Spartan to reach the 1,000 career point mark while junior point guard Aja Wallpher (Ellicott City, Md./Seton Keough) handed out her 500th career assist as the Spartans rolled past the Wolverines in conference play.

The Spartans improve to 18-5 overall and 7-3 in the Capital Athletic Conference while the Wolverines fall to 3-20 overall and 0-11 in the league.

Hicks entered the game needing 13 points to reach the career milestone. She came close in the opening 20 minutes of the game as she registered 11 points but the early story was senior Loreta Tonuzi (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) as the forward cashed in five three-point field goals in the first half.

The Green and White started slowly in the game as they led just 14-12 at the 10:09 mark. That's when York exploded. The Spartans fashioned a 22-4 run that ballooned their lead to 36-16 at the half. The stanza ended in fantastic fashion as Tonuzi converted three triples over the final 1:55 of the half, putting a cap on the impressive Spartan run.

York started the second half on a prolonged 20-6 run as they pushed the lead to a game-high of 34 at 56-22. The run was started when Hicks scored her 1,000th point on a lay up from the left block off a pass from Wallpher at the 11:38 mark. Hicks reached the milestone in her 77th career game in the Green and White.

The Spartans would lead again reach 34 at the 4:38 mark before York settled for the comfortable 30-point win.

Hicks not only reached the scoring milestone but the junior forward pulled in a career-high 18 rebounds including 14 on the offensive end. She finished with her team-leading 13th double-double of the year. Hicks also had four assists and zero turnovers in her 30 minutes of work.

Wallpher reached her milestone with the 10th of her 11 assists for the day. She also had five rebounds and six steals in just 29 minutes of play. Tonuzi finished the game with a career-high 17 points in 19 minutes. Her five three-point field goals also set a new career standard for the senior. Junior Kristen Haley (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Visitation) was the third Spartan in double figures with 16 points while she also had eight rebounds for York.

Wesley was led by Jazmine Miller as the senior guard tallied 15 points while she also grabbed six rebounds. Jenny Kaufman contributed 10 points and seven boards for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines are the third opponent York has held under 40 points this year and the 12th foe they have held under 50 points in a game. The Spartans harassed the Wolverines into 25% shooting from the floor and 18.8% from three.

The Spartans were not great from the field as they shot 34.7% including 36.8% from three.

York dominated the short-handed Wolverines on the glass, finishing the game with a 56-37 edge including a 24-12 margin in offensive rebounds. York had a 20-8 bulge in second-chance points and a 32-16 advantage in points in the paint.

York forced 20 Wesley turnovers and turned those mistakes into 21 points.

The Spartans head to the road for the final time in the regular season on Wednesday night when they travel to Mary Washington to face the Eagles in a crucial conference contest. Tip time in Fredericksburg, Virginia is set for 6:00 pm.

Spartan team photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)