March 7, 2009

Courtesy Baruch Athletics

April Sparkman scored 21 points to lead five players in double-figure scoring as the #10-ranked York College of Pennsylvania Spartans defeated the Baruch College Bearcats, 90-73, in an NCAA second round contest on Saturday night in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The Spartans will advance to next weekend's sectional round (location TBA), while the Bearcats finish a solid season with a 24-6 record.

The home team Spartans shot 54 percent (32-59) from the field and connected on 6-of-10 three-point attempts in the second half to reach the NCAA sectionals for the first time in school history. They also nailed 16-of-17 free throw attempts to seal the victory.

Despite the hot shooting, the Bearcats stayed closed and trailed only 47-44 with 15:33 left in the game.

The Spartans fought back with a 13-2 run to build a 60-46 lead, and that was enough of an advantage to eventually hold on to the high-scoring NCAA victory.

Kalea Davis led all Baruch scorers with 17 points, while Awa Diop finished her strong career with a 15 point effort via 5-of-9 from three-point range. Christina Kelly scored 14 points and Karlee Whipple added 10 points.

"It was a very tough game tonight against a very strong opponent," said Head Coach Machli Joseph. "We gave it our best tonight and I tip my hat off to York College for shooting more than 50 percent from the field. Their ability to shoot so well and to stay ahead was what did us in tonight."

Keli Ward scored 19 points and Jamie Sapp had 18 points to give the Spartans the home win for the school from the Capital Athletic Conference.