Spartans Stifled by Tough Bobcat Defense

Alana Bortner photo courtesy of David Sinclair photography
Alana Bortner photo courtesy of David Sinclair photography

FROSTBURG, MD – The York College women's basketball team was held to just 16 points in the second half as they fell in a defensive struggle 56-44 to Frostburg State in their final road game of the regular season on Thursday evening.



Frostburg State: 15-8, (7-6)

York (Pa.): 11-13, (6-7)



FG Shooting (%): York 18-for-62 (29%), FSU 23-for-57 (40.4%)

Three Point Shooting (%): York 5-for-25 (20%), FSU 6-for-14 (42.9%)

Free Throw Shooting (%): York 3-for-6 (50%), FSU 4-for-5 (80%)

Rebounding: York 36, FSU 45

Assists: York 10, FSU 12

Turnovers: York 12, FSU 14

Blocked Shots: York 3, FSU 2

Steals: York 9, FSU 6



• The defensive struggle started early as both teams had trouble to put the ball in the basket. The Bobcats led 8-4 up until the 3:50 mark when Katie McGowan hit a pair of layups to tie the score up at 8-8. The Spartan' Alana Bortner knocked down one of her three triples with 1:26 left before Megan Kelly answered with a three of her own for the Bobcats to take a 17-14 lead over the Spartans into the second.

• York held the Bobcats scoreless for the first 3:00 of the second half but could only muster two points of their own during that stretch. The Spartans trailed 21-16 before an 8-0 run with seven points coming from Bortner gave York a 24-21 lead. The teams played the rest of the half close and York trailed by four at the half.

• A Debria Hendricks layup followed by seven points including a three from McGowan early gave the Green and White a 37-34 lead under three minutes into the third period. The Bobcats clamped down on defense and did not surrender another point the rest of the quarter and led 45-37 headed into the final frame.

• More of the same struggles came at the offensive end for the Spartans as they only managed seven points in the final ten minutes and Amanda Emory pout up 17 of her game-high 25 points in the second half and Frostburg cruised to a 56-44 win in a crucial CAC matchup.



Katie McGowan: 14 points, 3 rebounds

Alana Bortner13 points, 3-for-5 3PT



Amanda Emory: 25 points, 7 rebounds

Megan Kelly: 12 points, 4-for-6 3PT

Victoria Diggs: 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals



The Spartans are now 16-4 all-time against the Bobcats … the loss was the first in the series to the Bobcats since February 18, 2015 in double overtime … the loss snaps a nine-game winning streak against Frostburg State … the York offense struggled and scored a season low 44 points and shot a season-worst 29% from the floor … the five threes hit by the Spartans were the fewest since they only knocked down a pair against Salisbury back on January 16 … York played disciplined however only committing 10 fouls the entire game, the second fewest for a game this season … freshman Alana Bortner set a new career high as she poured in 13 points off the becnch and tied a career-best with three triples in the game … senior Katie McGowan led the Spartans with 14 points and this was her 13thstraight game with double-digit points … York has struggled away from home going 4-8 on the regular season and scoring only just over 62 points per game away from York on the year.



The Spartans return home Saturday for their final game before the start of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The game will be preceded by Senior Day festivities. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 pm against Mary Washington.