The York College women's basketball team dug a deep, 19-point hole in the second half of Saturday's game at Salisbury. It was a hole the No. 10 Spartans wouldn't be able to climb out of. They dropped a 79-69 decision to the Sea Gulls.
The Spartans fell to 21-2 overall and 13-2 in the Capital Athletic Conference. The loss enables Christopher Newport to take the driver's seat in the chase for the top seed in the league. If the Captains win out, they would capture the No. 1 seed by virtue of the second conference tiebreaker.
Salisbury improved to 10-4 in the league. The Gullsare now in great shape for a first-round conference tournament home game. The Gulls improved to 15-8 overall.
York Catholic High School graduate Brittany Hicks led York with another monster performance. The All-American poured in a season-high 27 points with a season-high tying 15 rebounds. Hicks was 7-for-15 from the floor and made a school-record 13 free throws in 15 attempts. Fellow senior forward Kristen Haley added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Aja Wallpher contributed nine points and five assists for the Spartans.
Turnovers hurt the Spartans. They committed 22 miscues for the contest. The Gulls turned those 22 mistakes into 31 points for the game. Conversely, Salisbury had just 12 turnovers, which netted the Spartans just eight points for the game.
Salisbury also held a huge disparity at the free throw line. Salisbury went 27-for-37 from the stripe while York attempted just 20, knocking down 16.
The Spartans conclude their 2013-14 Capital Athletic Conference schedule on Wednesday night when they travel to Frostburg State University to face the Bobcats. Tip time from Frostburg, Md., is set for 6 p.m. The Spartans conclude the regular season on Saturday when they host Southern Virginia.