Baltimore woman wins Naismith awardShanya Evans of...

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April 20, 1991

Baltimore woman wins Naismith award

Shanya Evans of Baltimore, a 5-foot-2 point guard for Providence College, has been named recipient of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Francis Pomeroy Naismith Award, presented annually to the top senior collegian under 5-foot-6 as selected by a committee from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

Evans, who was the Metro Player of the Year at Walbrook in BTC 1987, holds all Providence and nearly every Big East assist record. Her 978 career assists and 8.1 career assists average rank her all-time second and third, respectively, among National Collegiate Athletic Association women players.

As a senior, she guided Providence to a 26-6 record (No. 15 in the final national poll), its third consecutive 20-win season, and a third straight NCAA appearance.

Evans, along with Keith Jennings of East Tennessee State, the men's Naismith winner for men players under 6 feet, and Larry Johnson of Nevada-Las Vegas, the Joe Lapchick Trophy winner as the top senior collegian, will be honored at a special dinner in Springfield, Mass., May 11.

Track and field

Officials of world track's governing body meeting in London approved a move to hold world championships every two years, instead of every four, and gave approval for a South African team to compete at this year's championships in Tokyo, sources told The Associated Press.

After the Tokyo meet in August, the world championships will be in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1993 and in Goteborg, Sweden, in 1995, according to the sources.


Sixth-seeded Sandra Cecchini of Italy wore down defending champion Katerina Maleeva of Bulgaria for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 quarterfinals victory in the Virginia Slims of Houston tournament.

* Bjorn Borg, returning to tournament tennis after an eight-year retirement, will play clay-court specialist Jordi Arrese of Spain in the opening round of the Monte Carlo Open Tuesday.


Dennis Toomey of Mount St. Mary's won the Northeast Conference Golf championship by shooting 152 (eight over par) at Hollidaysburg, Pa. Fairleigh Dickinson won the event with a team score of 630, followed by Robert Morris (653) and Mount St. Mary's (660). Robert Morris junior Shawn Hlavay (Arundel) placed 10th with a score of 162.

* Greg Kirby and Shawn Shugars each had three RBI, as University of Maryland Baltimore County (19-17, 5-9) ended Delaware's nine-game winning streak, 10-7, in the first game of an East Coast Conference doubleheader. Kirby and Greg Elliott hit bases-empty home runs for UMBC, as Delaware fell to 25-4, 10-1 in the conference.

In the second game, Delaware's Tripp Keister had three RBI as the Blue Hens downed UMBC, 8-4.

* Lester Hall went 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored, as Coppin State won two games in the consolation bracket of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament at Tallahassee, Fla.

Coppin State (7-22) rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge South Carolina State (11-15), 5-4, and the Eagles also defeated Bethune-Cookman (6-27), 7-3.

* Bowl representatives took significant steps to curb ethical abuses in securing matchups by implementing formal procedures that will include financial sanctions and a definitive "pick 'em" day. The Football Bowl Association unanimously voted to fine bowls 10 percent of its payoff to the two competing institutions, or $250,000 maximum, for violations.

Pro football

Kevin Allen, the former Eagles No. 1 draft pick who spent 33 months in jail for the Labor Day 1986 rape of a woman on a New Jersey beach, has gotten permission from NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue to play in the league again. The Cincinnati Bengals have expressed an interest in the 27-year-old offensive lineman.


Two goals each by Joe Sakic and Geoff Courtnall gave Canada a 4-3 win over the United States in their opening game of the world hockey championship in Helsinki, Finland.

Finland beat Czechoslovakia, 2-0, in Turku, Finland, where the Soviet Union begins defense of its title against Switzerland later.

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