YORK, Pa. – The York College women's basketball team walked away with a 61-48 victory over Washington & Lee on Thursday evening at Charles Wolf Gymnasium. Juniors Brittany Hicks (Dover, Pa./York Catholic) and Kristen Haley (Silver Spring, Md./Georgetown Visitation) both earned double-doubles in the first ever meeting between these two teams.
With the win the Spartans improve to 15-4 overall and remain 4-2 in the Capital Athletic Conference.
The game started off extremely slow for both teams. The Spartans and Generals traded missed shots. Kelsey Murphy (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) was the first to score, knocking down a three pointer from way outside. Scoring continued to be a struggle. Coming off the bench Loreta Tonuzi (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) heated things back up for the Green and White, sinking a three point shot to take an 8-4 lead.
Washington & Lee was plagued with turnovers throughout the entire game. The intense defensive pressure that the Spartans put on only made it harder for the Generals to control the ball on their offensive end. At 11:08, Murphy banged another three for York followed up with a steal and finished layup by Hicks to take a 13-6 lead.
With 7:59 remaining in the first half, Julianne Lambert (Hockessin, Del./Padua Academy) went coast-to-coast and laid the ball in to push the lead to 11. Not only did Lambert make her first career start, but she played a total of 39 minutes at point guard. Starting point guard Aja Wallpher (Ellicott City, Md./Seton Keough) missed the game due to injury.
"I thought Julianne played really controlled and confident for us tonight," said head coach Betsy Witman. "She doesn't normally play for that many minutes and in that spot, but she stepped up."
The Spartans continued to push the lead and had an excellent fast break at 4:23. Tonuzi stole the ball and launched it down court. Hicks hustled after it and was able to finish and put the Spartans up 26-14. With time winding down, Hicks had a great look to a wide-open Haley who easily finished the layup. The generals continued to push the ball, but could not find the back of the net. York finished the half up 30-16 thanks to a steal and a finished fast break layup by Tonuzi.
The Generals came out ready for a fight in the second half. The beginning of the half started out similar to the first. Both teams came out slow, especially on offense. Washington & Lee began to get their offense a bit more on track. Megan Marks knocked down a three pointer for the Generals and cut the lead to seven at 13:42. A few minutes later Shelbi Hendricks hit a big jump shot to bring the Generals to within 5 points, but that would be the closest Washington & Lee would get the rest of the game.
Haley hit a much needed layup at 12:11 to make the score 39-32 and helped the Spartans regain control of the game. Haley had an outstanding second half on offense, scoring 14 points in 16 minutes. The generals continued their turnover epidemic and could not get anything started on offense.. Hicks sunk a three pointer with 5:40 remaining and pushed the lead to 15, 53-38. With only 2:00 left in the game, Haley made a layup to give the Spartans their biggest lead of the night, 59-43. Abbey Rhodes (Hanover Pa./Hanover) earned her first block of her career in the last minute of play. Washington & Lee made a three pointer as time ran out, but it was too late and the Spartans would walk away with the win.
Leading the way on offense for the Spartans was Haley with her sixth double-double of the season. Haley recorded a season-high 22 points and added 10 rebounds. She is only nine points away from reaching the 1000-point milestone. Only 12 other Spartan women basketball players have reached this achievement in the history of the program.
Hicks tallied her 11th double-double of the season. She racked up 17 points and had 11 rebounds. Lambert tied her single-game high with nine points. She also recorded new game highs with four assists and five rebounds.
The Generals had three players in double-digit scoring. Katy Wilson and Wesleigh Vick each scored 11 points. Rachel Warrick added 10 points of her own. Vick and Megan Marks lead the way on rebounds with eight each.
The Spartans were 36.7% from the field, hitting 22-of-60 shots. They struggled again from behind the arc only making 4-of-17 (23.5%) and went 65% from the free throw line (13-20). The teams eight total turnovers tied a season low.
Washington & Lee shot 40.8% from the field, making 20-of-49 shots. They were 3-for-9 (33.3%) from long range and 5-for-10 (50%) from the free throw line. They had 19 turnovers, but outrebounded the Spartans 38-35.
York is home again on Saturday for alumni weekend and a very important CAC matchup against St. Mary's at 1:00 pm.