State women can't go any way but up this season

December 03, 1992|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

One thing is certain for area Division I women's basketball teams for 1992-93: Things can't get any worse.

Only Mount St. Mary's and Maryland-Eastern Shore posted winning records last season, and none of the other six schools (Navy, UMBC, Coppin State, Morgan State, Towson State and Loyola) was within three games of a break-even mark.

Overall, area teams should be better this season, because they return large numbers of players from last year who, theoretically, should be more experienced, though that improvement may not manifest itself in the standings.

For instance, Coppin coach Tori Harrison, in her first season, inherits a team with nine upperclassmen, including seven seniors, while UMBC coach Sue Furnary will have a club with six juniors.

First-year coach Pat Coyle at Loyola will have a young squad, but a roster with eight returnees.

Towson State, which lost its starting backcourt to graduation, may struggle unless it quickly develops a guard rotation.

The Mount suffered key losses at center and at guard from its three-time Northeast Conference championship team, but may be in more of a retooling, rather than rebuilding, mode.

UMES, which finished second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will have to replace two all-conference players and 45 points from its roster, and might take a step back.

Navy will have four starters returning, but will have to make do without do-it-all player Angie Dobbs, while Morgan State will likely struggle again this season.

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