February 6, 2012

Hicks, Haley, and Sparkman Power Spartans Past Green Terror

YORK, PA – The York College women's basketball team ran their win streak to eight with a 70-49 non-conference victory over McDaniel College on Monday night in York. The Spartans improve to 18-3 overall while the Green Terror slide to 9-13. The Green and White snaps an 11-game home losing streak to McDaniel with the victory. The last Spartan home win against the Green Terror came during the 1993 season.

The Spartans sprinted out to a quick 10-2 lead fueled by four points from Kristen Haley and a three from Kelsey Murphy. The Green Terror trimmed York's lead to three at 11-8 before York went on a 11-2 spurt, pushing the lead to 12 at 22-10.

The York lead grew to 15 on a Brittany Hicks layup with 4:16 left but the Spartans went cold as the Green Terror finished the half on a 5-0 run, leaving the Spartans' halftime lead at 10, 33-23.

The Spartans engineered a 14-5 run over the first 7:26 of the second half to forge a 19-point lead. The run was sparked by Haley and finished by back-to-back layups from April Sparkman as York stopped their home skid against the Green Terror. York's lead would not fall below 16 the rest of the way and would reach a game-high 21 on Loreta Tonuzi's three with 51 seconds left in the game. That would be the final points of the game as the Spartans extended their win streak.

Three Spartans reached double figures led by Hicks as the sophomore forward poured in a season-high 20 points in addition to grabbing eight rebounds. Hicks was 5-for-10 from the floor and 10-for-12 from the free throw line. The 10 made free throws tied a career-high for Hicks. Haley and Sparkman each added 15 points. Haley pulled in a game-high nine rebounds as she was limited to 20 minutes by foul trouble in the win. Sparkman pulled in seven rebounds in her 33 minutes on the floor. Sophomore point guard Aja Wallpher handed out five assists while she added six steals, seven points, and three rebounds.

Emma Wingerd paced McDaniel with nine points, seven rebounds, four blocked shots, two steals and two assists. Rachael Rybak chipped in with eight points in 26 minutes for McDaniel.

York finished the game shooting 39.7% from the floor but just 3-for-14 (21.4%) from three. The Spartans shot the ball very well from the free throw line, converting 21-of-26 from the stripe (80.8%).

McDaniel concluded the contest shooting 37.5% from the floor. It snapped a four-game streak in which the Spartan defense had not allowed an opponent to shoot over 28% from the field. The Green Terror converted just 1-of-6 from three while they made 6-of-8 (75%) from the stripe.

The Spartans won the game on the glass as they dominated their guests, holding a 43-31 rebounding edge including 15-8 on the offensive glass. The Spartan defense also forced 20 McDaniel turnovers, which York turned into 24 points.

York returns to action on Wednesday evening when they head to Stevenson University to face the Mustangs in a CAC contest. Tip time in Owings Mills, MD is set for 6:00 pm.

Aja Wallpher photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications