Terrors women focus on the future College basketball

November 20, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The key words regarding the Western Maryland College women's basketball season are "cautious optimism."

L A quick look at the Green Terrors' roster will tell you why.

In her first 11 seasons, coach Becky Martin doesn't remember not having a senior on the roster.

Of the six returning lettermen from last year's 12-11 team, two -- co-captains Sue Head and Marie Pawlowski -- are juniors. The remaining squad consists of a strong group of relatively inexperienced underclassman.

That bodes well for the future, but what about this year?

"We're not going to look past this year," said Martin, whose Green Terrors open the season tonight in the College of Notre Dame Invitational.

"This is an important year. Winning and losing is always important, but we also have some other things to look at as far as the younger players going through a teaching phase."

The inexperienced squad puts a heavy burden on the two juniors.

Head (Westminster) is the leading scorer back from last year's team after averaging 13.8 points at shooting guard. She connected 23 times behind the three-point mark last season and will be Martin's primary three-point shooter this season because of the graduation of Debbie Shockley -- the Green Terrors' all-time leading three-point shooter.

"Sue made an impact the first day she stepped on the court," Martin said. "She has a great feel of where the ball is going to be hTC with fantastic court sense. She's also been very vocal and provided the leadership needed with these younger players."

Martin is looking for more production from the 6-foot Pawlowski at center. Last season, she averaged 6.7 points and just under four rebounds.

"We have to have a diversified attack and will need to be able to go to her inside to complement our outside game," Martin said.

"She has matured between her sophomore and junior years and the kids are looking to her a lot inside."

The point-guard job left behind by four-year starter Angie Alfano is still up for grabs. Martin likely will go with returning sophomore Christa Mose, and freshman Laura Everhart also will see some time.

Martin will look to platoon returning sophomores Denise Spangler (3.0 points, 3.4 rebounds) and Andrea Romich (2.9,, 2.3) with Pawlowski.

Sophomore Krista Shaffer will play swing forward. Last season she averaged 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds mostly in the post position.

"We're going to use her at the swing forward position so she can face the basket a little more -- she has good range," Martin said.

Everhart and forward Holly Roback lead a group of freshmen Martin calls "loaded with talent."

"It really comes down to how quickly our underclassmen can perform like upperclassmen," Martin said. "We're feeling very good about the future -- this year, we're cautiously optimistic."

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