Around the perimeter
* QUICK STUDY: After winning the NCAA title last year, the Tennessee women quickly reloaded, signing four of the first 10 players listed on the USA Today All-America team. The prize catch was supposed to be Tiffany Woosley, a homegrown guard out of Shelbyville, Tenn., who was the National Player of the Year in 1990-91. But the most productive member of the Vols' freshman class is Dana Johnson.
Johnson was nearly unstoppable inside during her stay at Western High, but The Evening Sun Athlete of the Year has impressed Tennessee coach Pat Summitt with her ability to run the floor. Playing mostly power forward, the 6-foot-2 Johnson is averaging 11.0 points, third on the team, and leads the Vols in rebounds with a 6.1 average and blocks with six. That's all in less than 20 minutes a game, too.
Johnson has started two games, but has been most productive off the bench. She had 15 points in a controversial 84-82 loss to Horizon Minsk (of the former U.S.S.R.) in the final of the World Invitational Club Tournament. The four games in that invitational in London don't count in Tennessee's record; the third-ranked Vols are 6-1, their lone loss coming at No. 2 Stanford.
* END OF THE ROAD: When Morgan State plays at Penn State Saturday, the Bears will be facing a rare opponent, one that has played fewer home games than they have.
When the Nittany Lions (8-3) play at James Madison tonight, it will be their 10th road game in 12 outings. Beginning with Morgan State, they'll play 10 of their last 16 in Happy Valley, but coach Bruce Parkhill had to hustle to get those dates after Penn State's shift from the Atlantic 10 to the Big Ten. His team is playing an independent schedule, and Duquesne is the only team from either conference willing to play in Happy Valley this season.
"As late as early April, I was concerned that we might not get a full Division I schedule," Parkhill said.
Penn State, which won the Atlantic 10 tournament and upset UCLA in the NCAA tournament last year, is getting another fine season from Monroe Brown, a four-year starter at guard out of Aberdeen High. He's averaging 12.3 points -- he has 957 for his career -- and leads the Nittany Lions in rebounding with a 4.8 average, as well as in steals and blocked shots.
Michael Jennings, a junior guard with roots in Severna Park, has been sidelined all season by a hamstring injury and probably will redshirt. * ACC -- Hubert Davis, North Carolina, 6-4 sr. guard: 42 points in two victories, hitting eight of 11 three-pointers.
* Atlantic 10 -- Steve Worthy, Rutgers, 6-5 jr. guard: Averaged 21.7 points in 2-1 week.
* Big East -- Chris Smith, Connecticut, 6-2 sr. guard: 54 points in two victories.
* East Coast -- Brenton Birmingham, Brooklyn, 6-4 so. guard: 24 points in league win.
* Eastern States Women's -- Jennifer Boone, Salisbury State, 5-7 jr. guard: 29 points and five rebounds in one-point win.
* Metro Atlantic -- Lee Matthews, Siena, 6-7 jr. forward: Double figures in points and rebounds in four straight games.
* Metro Atlantic Women's Rookie -- Patty Stoffey, Loyola, 5-10 fr. guard: 18 points and 14 rebounds in win over Iona.
* Northeast -- Kevin Booth, Mount St. Mary's, 6-1 jr. guard: Conference's leading scorer had 63 points in three games.
* Patriot -- Bill Courtney, Bucknell, 6-2 sr. guard: 62 points in two victories.