ARLINGTON, Va. -- The York College women's basketball team remained unbeaten on Wednesday night with a 70-63 Capital Athletic Conference road victory over defending conference champion Marymount.
The win established a new school record for victories to start a season. The Spartans improved to 12-0 overall and 5-0 in conference action. The Saints fell to 7-5 and 3-1. The Spartans are ranked 14th in the USA Today/Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division III Poll and 15th in the d3hoops.com poll.
The night was also a record-breaking one for senior guard Kelsey Murphy. She became the Spartans' all-time leader in 3-pointers made. Murphy tied former Spartan standout Heather Kessler with her first 3-pointer of the game with about 17 minutes left in the second half and then broke the record less than seven minutes later when she hit a triple at the 10:51 mark.
York Catholic High School graduate Brittany Hicks led the Spartans with 15 points. The reigning CAC Player of the Week was 6-for-9 from the floor and 3-of-4 at the stripe. Hicks also had five second-half rebounds and a pair of steals in 31 minutes.
On her record-breaking night, Murphy poured in a season-high 14 points. She was 3-for-6 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range. Murphy also tied a career-high with her 6-for-6 performance from the free throw line. The senior also had four assists and three steals.
Jess Selby contributed 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while senior Kristen Haley had 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. Senior point guard Aja Wallpher dished out a game-high seven assists while she also had two steals.
The Spartans shot a season-high 50 percent from the floor, including 7-for-17 from 3-point range (41.2 percent). York was 15-for-20 (75 percent) from the stripe.
York was outrebounded 37-18, but forced Marymount into 24 turnovers, turning those Saints errors into 30 points. Conversely, York had just 12 turnovers.
The Spartans return to Wolf Gymnasium for the first time since Dec. 7 when they host Salisbury University on Saturday afternoon. Tip time is set for 1 p.m. At halftime, the Spartans will do their second-annual Teddy Bear Toss benefiting pediatric cancer patients. Fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears to throw onto the court at halftime.