Wallpher
Wallpher

Three York College women's basketball players have earned All-Capital Athletic Conference recognition for the 2012-2013 season.

York Catholic High School graduate Brittany Hicks and Kristen Haley were named to the All-CAC First Team. Aja Wallpher was selected to the All-CAC Second Team. The selections were made by the conference coaches.

All three York players are juniors. They helped the Spartans to a 20-7 overall record this past season, including an 8-4 mark in the CAC. Hicks and Haley were both All-CAC Second Team selections 2011-2012, while Wallpher was an All-CAC First Team pick that year. Haley was also the 2010-2011 CAC Rookie of the Year.

Haley
Haley

In 2012-2013, the 5-foot, 9-inch Hicks led the Spartans, averaging a double-double at 16.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. She also averaged 2.1 assists per game.

Hicks became the 14th member of the program's 1,000-career point club this season. She finished tied for second in the CAC in scoring and was second in rebounding. Hicks' career numbers at York stand at 1,086 points and 682 rebounds.

"Brittany had a fantastic year," York coach Betsy Witman said in a news release. "She is a very hard worker (who) has continued to get better each year. Brittany is such a competitor that she pushes herself and her teammates to give their best. I am excited to see how good she can be as a senior."

The 6-foot Haley, meanwhile, was second to Hicks on the Spartans with averages of 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Haley became the 13th member of the Spartans' 1,000-career point club. Haley, in her York career, has accumulated 1,145 points and 680 rebounds. She ranked fifth in the CAC in scoring, eighth in rebounding and second in blocked shots (1.7 per game).

"Kristen is such a steady and consistent player, she really played well in the second half of the season and much of that is attributed to how hard she works," Witman said.

York College’s Brittany Hicks drives against Salisbury’s Becca Himes during CAC action at York Jan. 9.
York College's Brittany Hicks drives against Salisbury's Becca Himes during CAC action at York Jan. 9. (File photo)

The 5-8 Wallpher led the Spartans in assists (6.9 per game) and steals (4.3 per game). She also averaged 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

Wallpher broke a 22-year old conference record on Feb. 16 when she handed out 17 assists in a win over Frostburg State. She is ranked third in NCAA Division III in assists per game. She led the CAC in that category for the second straight year. Wallpher's steals rank her fifth in NCAA Division III. She also ranks fifth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.31. Wallpher has 540 assists in her career, which trails all-time leader and former All-American Keli Ward by 100 helpers. She also has 311 steals, which is 24 short of tying Paula Rusnock's school-record of 335.

"Aja is our floor general in the truest sense of the term," Witman said. "She has a great understanding of the game and has a deep desire to facilitate her teammates. Her ability to run our team is a testament to her abilities."

Senior guard Katelyn Fischer became the first Marymount player, and the third player in conference history, to win the CAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year at least twice during her career when she was the repeat choice of the conference coaches.

Fischer, who also earned her second-straight All-CAC First Team nod, was joined on the awards list by third-year coach Ashlee Courter, who was selected by her peers as the 2013 CAC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.

Fischer leads a veteran All-CAC team that includes Hicks, Haley, Mary Washington junior guard Sam Partonen and Salisbury sophomore guard Anna Hackett.

Salisbury's Julia McLaughlin was named the CAC Rookie of the Year.