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Tough Second Half Dooms Spartans at CNU in CAC Opener

Molly Day photo courtesy of Scott Guise
Molly Day photo courtesy of Scott Guise

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The York College women's basketball team saw their three-game win streak come to a halt, falling to Christopher Newport University 64-50 in the Capital Athletic Conference opener for both squads Friday afternoon in Newport News, Virginia. The Spartans held a two-point halftime lead but went cold in the third quarter as the Captains outscored the Spartans 21-4 to seize control of the contest.



York (Pa.): 9-7, 0-1 CAC

Christopher Newport: 12-4, 1-0 CAC


Team Stats

Score: York 50, Christopher Newport 64

FG: York 20-for-57 (35.1%), CNU 21-for-65 (32.3%)

3PT FG: York 5-for-15 (33.3%), CNU 7-for-26 (26.9%)

FT: York 5-for-9 (55.6%), CNU 15-for-21 (71.4%)  

Rebounds: York 44, CNU 43

Assists: York 13, CNU 12

Turnovers: York 30, CNU 20

Blocked Shots: York 6, CNU 5

Steals: York 9, CNU 13


How It Happened:

• The Green and White got off to a good start as they sprinted out to a 9-2 lead thanks to six points from junior Molly Day. The Captains cut the Spartan lead to three on two occasions but York pushed the advantage back to seven at 17-10 on another Day layup. After a Captain bucket cut it to five, Meghan Carlson converted a three-point play with two seconds left in the quarter as York took a 20-12 lead after one.

• The Captains opened the second quarter with a 7-0 spurt, trimming the York lead to one with 6:31 left in the quarter. Haley Luckabaugh ended the run with her second three of the game to put York back up four. The Captains eventually took the lead on a Sondra Fan triple with 3:32 left in the half. The Spartans scored four straight before the Captains hit a free throw to give York a 30-28 lead at the break.

• The third quarter proved to be the Spartans undoing. The Captains began the quarter with a 13-0 run as the Spartans didn't score until Kayla Ferris hit a layup with 4:23 left in the period. The Captains hit back-to-back three-pointers as the lead grew to 15 at 47-32. CNU took a 49-34 lead to the fourth quarter. The Spartans went 1-for-13 from the floor and had eight turnovers which the Captains turned into eight points in the fateful 10 minutes of the third quarter. The Captain bench outscored York 15-0 in the quarter.

• The Spartans kept the play even in the fourth quarter but couldn't get closer than 12 points in the quarter as the Captains kept them at bay.


Spartan Leaders:

Haley Luckabaugh: 16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 6-for-9 FG, 4-for-6 3PT FG

Molly Day: 12 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocked shots

Kayla Ferris: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals


Captain Leaders:

Natalie Terwilliger: 13 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, 1 steal

Anaya Simmons: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot, 2 steals

Sondra Fan: 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 steals

Phylicia McInnis: 9 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal



The trip to Newport News was the final regular season visit for the Spartans as they head to the MAC next season … The Captains lead the all-time series 11-7 after the teams split their two meetings last year … the Spartans committed a season-high 30 turnovers in the loss as the Captains turned those miscues into 21 points … the Captains had just one more field goal than the Spartans but two more three pointers … the Captains held a 15-5 edge in free throws made in addition to a 21-9 bulge in free throws attempted despite the Captains playing their patented pressing defense the entire game … the 30 turnovers are the most since February 23, 2017 when they matched that total against CNU in the CAC quarterfinals … the nine trips to the free throw line are tied for the fewest attempts for the year … York blocked six more shots as they now have 78 for the year in 16 games … York won the battle of the glass 44-43 but surrendered 19 offensive rebounds to the Captains and they turned those boards into 13 second chance points … sophomore Haley Luckabaugh had her fourth straight game with at least 16 points … Luckabaugh had a big week with 69 points in three games during this busy week for the Spartans … junior Molly Day recorded her second double-double of the year with her 12 points and 11 rebounds … Day's 11 rebounds were a new season-high for the forward … Kayla Ferris leads the Spartans with four double-doubles while Luckabaugh has the other one for York.


Up Next

The Spartans return to Charles Wolf Gymnasium on Wednesday night as the Spartans host St. Mary's College in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Tip time is scheduled for 6:00 pm.