York College women earn crucial win
SALISBURY, Md — On Tuesday, the York College women's basketball team learned it had earned a spot in the latest USA Today Coaches NCAA Division III rankings.
On Wednesday, the Spartans lived up to that billing.
York, behind a monster game from Red Lion High School graduate Morgan Kuehne, outlasted Salisbury 80-74 in overtime for a crucial Capital Athletic Conference road triumph. The loss ended Salisbury's 23-game home winning streak.
Both teams entered the highly anticipated contest at 4-0 in CAC action. York and Marymount (10-2 overall) are now tied for first place in the CAC at 5-0. Those two teams will face off in another pivotal conference contest at 1 p.m. Saturday at York College.
In Wednesday's contest, Kuehne paced the Spartans with 29 points on 11 for 18 shooting from the field. The 5-foot, 10-inch sophomore was also 6 for 8 at the free throw line. Sam Hruz, a 6-1 senior, added 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the winners, while York Catholic grad Karli McFatridge, a 5-7 junior, added 12 points on 4 for 7 shooting. Susquehannock grad Katie Wagner, a 5-7 sophomore, chipped in nine points, four assists and three rebounds. Brianna Bisci, a 5-7 junior, collected eight assists for York.
Hruz and Kuehne are tied for team lead in scoring at 13.2 points per game, while Wagner (9.8) and McFatridge (7.2) are third and fourth. Hruz is also averaging 10.7 rebounds per game.
The Spartans trailed 33-27 at halftime, but used a 37-31 second-half edge to force OT. A buzzer-beating jump shot by Salisbury's Julia McLaughlin forced the OT. York owned a 16-10 edge in the overtime.
McLaughlin led Salisbury with 22 points.
The Spartans were ranked No. 25 in NCAA Division III in the USA Today Coaches poll and improved to 11-1 overall, while Salisbury fell to 8-4.
York men fall: The York College men's team, however, didn't have as much luck against Salisbury on Wednesday, falling 75-56.
The Spartans fell to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the CAC. Salisbury improved to 8-3 and 1-3.
Dalton Myers paced York with 21 points on 9 for 11 shooting, while also pulling down nine rebounds. Blayde Reich added 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Spartans, while Matt Scamuffo added 10 points.
Adrien Straughn led Salisbury with 16 points.