GLENSIDE, PA – The York College women's basketball team overcame a 13-point deficit to earn a 63-60 win at Arcadia University on Saturday evening in the season opener for both squads.
The Spartans have now won four straight season openers.
Arcadia jumped on the Spartans early as they lead 6-1 less than four minutes into the season. The Spartans cut the Arcadia lead to one at 11-10 but the Knights ended the quarter on a 6-0 spurt as they led 17-10 after ten minutes of play.
Junior point guard Brianna Bisci (Bangor, Pa./Bangor) banged a three to open the second quarter scoring but the Knights scored the next six points to take a 23-13 lead. Back-to-back threes from Sam Mocniak (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's Annapolis) and Bisci trimmed York's deficit to four with 6:54 remaining in the half. That's when Arcadia smacked the Spartans with a 9-0 run that pushed their lead to a game-high 13 at 32-19 with 4:45 left in the opening half.
The Spartans collected themselves and locked down on defense as York closed out the final 4:30 of the second quarter on a 12-0, cutting their halftime deficit to one. The run was fueled by sophomore Katie Wagner (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) as the guard had five points on the run including a three pointer with 31 seconds left in the half.
The start of the third quarter was back and forth it would prove to be a low-scoring period. The squads went back and forth as York pushed out to a four-point lead only to have the Knights recapture the lead on a Maureen Fiocca banked in three and two free throws from Addy Crenny with 4:54 left in the third. York answered with a five point run to take a 44-40 lead. York finished the third quarter with a 46-42 advantage.
The Green and White pushed out to a six-point lead on three different occasions in the fourth quarter. The Knights cut the Spartan lead to one on a Fiocca free throw at the 3:18 mark. A pair of Sam Hruz (White Marsh, Md./Mercy) free throws gave York a three-point lead but a three pointer from Fiocca tied the game at 56 with 2:13 left. Hruz hit two more free throws as York recaptured the lead. Eventually, the Knights tied the game again on a pair of Valerie DiMuro free throws with 58 seconds left.
That would set the stage for an exciting final minute of play. York took a 60-58 lead with 50.6 left when Morgan Kuehne (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) drained a jumper from the top of the key, giving York a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The Knights had two cracks at it as Irelynn Donovan missed a jumper but Arcadia got an offensive team rebound. Fiocca then missed a lay up and a second jump shot before Wagner hauled in the defensive rebound. Bisci split the ensuing pair of free throws to push the lead to 61-58. Fiocca took a long three and watched the ball go halfway down before rattling out. Camille Menns got the offensive rebound but would miss the put back as Morgan Golec (Abingdon, Md./Patterson Mill) hauled in the defensive board. Golec made the first free throw but missed the seco nd. Fortunately for York, Kuehne pulled in the offensive rebound off the miss, forcing Arcadia to foul again. Bisci split another pair of free throws, pushing the lead to five with five seconds left. The Knights got a lay up at the buzzer but the Spartans did enough to hold off the hosts for the season opening win.
The Spartans were very balanced on the evening as they didn't have a player reach double figures. What they did have is ten players score in the game and ten players record at least one rebound in the win. Wagner was York's top scorer with nine points while she also had three rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Wagner was 2-for-5 from the floor including 1-for-2 from three and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Bisci played a strong game as the point guard had eight points, five rebounds, three assists, a blocked shot and three steals in 30 minutes of play. Kuehne added eight points and four rebounds while junior Sarah Shearer (West York, Pa./West York) chipped in with six points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot. Hruz contributed eight points, seven rebounds, a blocked shot, a steal and an assist in her 21 minutes of work. Golec also had eight points and six rebounds for the Green and White.
Fiocca led the Knights with a brilliant double-double as she poured in a game-high 22 points and pulled in a game-high 10 rebounds. Fiocca was 7-for-20 from the floor including 4-for-9 from three while she was 4-for-7 from the free throw line. Crenny added 16 points and nine rebounds while DiMuro was the third Knight in double figures with 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Spartans were fortunate to get the win as they were just 18-for-28 (64.3%) from the free throw line while they also committed 22 turnovers. York shot 34.4% from the field for the game including 5-for-17 (29.4%) from three.
Arcadia shot 33.3% (20-for-60) from the field while they went 4-for-17 (23.5%) from downtown. The Knights weren't much better from York from the free throw line as they converted just 16-of-23 (69.6%) from the stripe.
York outrebounded their hosts 46-41 and held a 24-16 advantage in points in the paint. The Spartan bench outscored their Arcadia counterparts 24-10.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday evening when they face Franklin & Marshall College in a non-conference road game. Tip time at the Mayser Center is set for 7:00 pm.