The top three teams in the CAC women's basketball standings - 9th-ranked Mary Washington, York and Salisbury - all posted conference victories at home Wednesday. Marymount, however, gained a road win at Wesley to move into a tie with St. Mary's for fourth place.
First-place Mary Washington (17-0, 8-0 CAC) gained a 66-35 decision over Hood (4-12, 0-8 CAC) while second-place York (13-3, 7-1 CAC) topped Stevenson (6-10, 2-6 CAC), 71-58, and third-place Salisbury (8-7, 6-2 CAC) was a 52-44 victor over St. Mary's (6-11, 4-4 CAC).
Marymount (7-10, 4-4 CAC) picked up the only victory on the road Wednesday, downing Wesley (3-12, 2-6 CAC) by a 50-45 margin. In non-conference play, Frostburg State (5-12, 35 CAC) suffered a 71-59 setback at home against Bridgewater (Va.).
At Wesley, Marymount returned to its winning ways with a 50-45 road victory over the Wolverines. MU's Katelyn Fischer led all scorers with 19 points while Jackie Bohenek added eight points in her first start of the season, shooting 50 percent from the floor. Four Saints grabbed at least seven rebounds in the win led by Julie Tomesheski with a game-high 11. Jazmine Miller led Wesley with 17 points while Rachelle Allen added 10. Aleisha Hobbs paced the Wolverines with 10 rebounds.
At Mary Washington, senior guards Jenna McRae, Katie Wimmer and sophomore Aby Diop all scored 13 points to lead the ninth-ranked Eagles to a 66-35 victory over Hood. UMW used its trademark defense to vault to a 34-13 halftime lead. Diop recorded a double-double with 13 points on 4-9 shooting from the floor and 5-7 from the line, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Wimmer went 4-10 from the floor and 5-7 from the stripe, and also added four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. McRae was 6-10 from the floor and also had three steals.
At York, Brittany Hicks poured in a season-high 19 points and Aja Wallpher registered 10 assists as the host Spartans trumped visiting Stevenson, 71-58. Wallpher was effective for York on both ends of the floor. Including her season-high of 10 assists, the sophomore point guard also tallied a career-best eight steals as she proved consistently active on the defensive end. Senior April Sparkman, Haley, and Kelsey Murphy each registered double-digits as they notched 15, 14, and 11 points, respectively. Including tonight's effort, Sparkman and Haley have each reached double-figures in scoring in 14 of York's 16 contests during the season as 13 times the pair has recorded double-digits in the same game. For the Mustangs, Kyarra Harmon led the way with 15 points while pulling down a team-best eight rebounds. Rayshell Parker and Daniela Poss each totaled nine points for the visitors.
At Salisbury, the hosts closed the game on a 19-8 run over the final 8:13 on its way to a 52-44 win over St. Mary's. Freshman Anna Hackett scored a game-high 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line and senior Katie McGahagan chipped in with 10 points and nine rebounds. Jasmine Jones scored 11 points to pace St. Mary's while Myeisha Wallace pulled down a game-best 10 rebounds.
At Frostburg, Bridgewater erased a 52-49 FSU lead with a 16-1 run late in the game to gain a 71-59 non-conference victory over the Bobcats. Elaina Hummel finished with a game-high 26 points while adding three steals. Stephanie Straka had 15 points, four assists and three rebounds for FSU.