W. Maryland's complete package Head has the stats, wants wins, too

January 10, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Western Maryland junior guard Sue Head knew going into the season that the Green Terrors would be relying on her heavily to have any kind of success.

After all, the Westminster High grad was the leading returning scorer and was one of only two juniors on a team with no seniors.

Head has shown throughout her career she can do much more than score, and she isn't disappointing anyone this season.

Through seven games, she's leading the team in scoring average (12.7), assists (23) and steals (15) and is second in rebounding, averaging 5.0 at shooting guard. Coach Becky Martin also has had to play her at point guard at times. With such a young squad, Head is also leaned on to provide leadership.

"From a coaching standpoint, Sue is a model student-athlete," said Martin. "She's an excellent student with a 4.0 grade-point average. On the court, she handles the ball well, is a dangerous outside threat and has an uncanny ability to rebound."

Despite Head's efforts, the Green Terrors still found themselves 2-5 as they approached the 1993 portion of the schedule. Scoring has been the primary problem, as the team is averaging 53.0 points, shooting 33 percent from the field and under 60 percent from the free-throw line.

The Green Terrors appear to have plenty of young talent, but it's taking the team time to come together.

"I would be just as happy scoring eight points a game and dishing it off, whatever it takes to get a few more wins. We have a lot of people we can put on the floor who can score," Head said.

Head, a physical education major who played volleyball, basketball and softball at Westminster, remains optimistic the Green Terrors can turn things around this season.

"It's like starting fresh," she said as the team comes off a three-week winter break. "It's just taking some time for things to gel with so many new faces."

Martin is hoping someone will step up to complement Head and, more importantly, take some pressure off her.

Last season, the Green Terrors had Debbie Shockley, who graduated as the school's all-time leading three-point shooter. While opposing teams keyed on Shockley, Head had more room to do her thing.

This season, it's Head who's seeing the double-teams.

"Right now it's difficult for her because we are so young," Martin said. "We need her as our shooting guard, but there are times when we have to play her at the point.

"It takes a lot away from her game and we're trying to alleviate some of that pressure, but it's taking some time for some of the younger players to step up."

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