Feb. 28, 2009

Courtesy of University of Mary Washington

Freshman Katie Wimmer scored a team-high 14 points and added 10 rebounds to pace four Eagles in double figures, as the University of Mary Washington women's basketball team defeated fifth-ranked York College, 67-56, in the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday at Charles Wolf Gymnasium on the campus of York College. With the win, the Eagles capture their third straight CAC title, and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year.

York jumped out to an early lead, and held the advantage until a layup from senior forward Ashton Mitchell with 3:25 left in the half gave UMW its first lead at 27-26. A Jamie Sapp layup in the final minute gave York a 33-32 halftime advantage. Both teams shot well in the first half, as York shot 50% from the field, and UMW shot 42%.

The second half saw York score the first nine points and hold a 42-32 lead with 16:10 remaining. UMW went on a 15-4 run over the next four minutes to take a 47-46 lead with 12:05 to play on a pair of Rachel Martin free throws. York regained the lead on a Caitlin Byrne layup, but a pair of Laty Larson free throws and a Larson layup gave UMW a 52-50 lead with 9:28 to go, and, after another pair of Larson free throws with 7:01 left, the Eagles would hold the lead from that point on.

UMW upped the lead from two to seven on a three pointer and jumper from freshman Ashley Warhurst, the latter coming with 1:32 to play. Wimmer, Mitchell, and Larson connected on free throws in the final minute to push the final margin to 11. UMW shot 42% in the second half, while limiting York to 18% shooting in the second stanza.

In addition to Wimmer's 14 points and 10 rebounds, Larson scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out four assists, and Mitchell added 12 points and six boards. Freshman Lauren Kornacki made 6-7 field goals en route to 13 points in 14 minutes for UMW. York was led by Keli Ward and Jamie Sapp, who each scored 16 points.

Mary Washington has now won four of the past five CAC titles, and will advance to the NCAA Tournament next week. The brackets for the championship will be announced on Monday morning at www.ncaa.com.