The men's teams at Johns Hopkins and Salisbury State and the women's team at Frostburg State will participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III basketball tournaments today.
Hopkins (19-9), a 65-60 first-round winner over Dickinson, will be at Franklin and Marshall (24-2), at 8 p.m.; Salisbury State (22-6) will be at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J., at 7:30 p.m.; and Frostburg State (25-1) will be home against Kean College of New Jersey (24-2) at 2 p.m.
The No. 2-seeded University of Maryland women (16-11, 9-5) begin play in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, meeting Georgia Tech (15-12, 3-11) at 6 p.m., at the Cumberland County Memorial Arena in Fayetteville, N.C.
Jessie Hicks leads Maryland in scoring with 13.2 points a game, backed by Dafne Lee (Walbrook), 10.7 points and a team-high 5.5 rebounds. The ACC selected Bonnie Rimkus (11.9 points, 5.4 rebounds) as Freshman of the Year, and she was joined on the all-freshman team by teammate Aluma Goren. Joyce Pierce averages 19.2 points and 9.4 rebounds for Georgia Tech.
A year ago, Hopkins lost at F&M in the regular season, 97-60, then came back to win an NCAA second-round game, 85-78, in Lancaster, Pa., handing the Diplomats (24-4) their only home loss of the season.
This season, Hopkins lost to F&M at Homewood, 83-79, in overtime, but defeated the Pennsylvania team, 81-71, in the first round of last week's Middle Atlantic Conference-South tournament. Again, it was F&M's first home loss of the season.
Franklin and Marshall, which starts four juniors and a sophomore, is led by guards Will Lasky and Chris Finch. Lasky, MAC-Southwest Player of the Year, averages 17.8 points and 3.8 assists, and Finch gets 13.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists. There are four double-figure scorers and four averaging five rebounds apiece.
Hopkins starts four seniors and a junior. Coach Bill Nelson has brought three freshmen off the bench all season, and each contributed to the win over Dickinson.
Andy Enfield led Hopkins with 14 points in the first-round win, and stretched his school record to 2,003 for his career. Until last season, the school record was 1,234.
Salisbury features Andre Foreman, the leading Division III scorer at 32.1, but gets solid support from seniors Bill Lewit and David Byer and junior Jamie Gosweiler (Bel Air).
Ramapo also has a dominating player in John Brown, a 6-foot-1 guard, who leads the team in points (22.5 average) and assists (124), and is tied for the lead in blocked shots (16). Three other starters average at least 10.4 points.
At Frostburg State, which has a 24-game winning streak, senior Sheila Colbert leads with averages of 19.9 points and 10.1 rebounds.