New year brings no new results for basketball teams

January 13, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Western Maryland College men's and women's basketball teams were looking forward to the new year and a fresh start.

The men had a rough time keeping players healthy and on the court in the 1992 portion. The result was a 1-6 start.

The women were trying to find an identity with two juniors and the rest sophomores and freshmen. They closed out 1992 at 2-5.

Both teams have dropped their first two in 1993. For any chance of salvaging either season, they have to start soon.

Men's basketball

The men return home tomorrow against Middle Atlantic Conference Southwest section foe Moravian.

Going into last night's game at Mary Washington, the Green Terrors (1-8 overall, 0-2 in section play) had given up an average of 100 points in their past two games -- losses to Elizabethtown (101-85) and Radford (99-74).

Sophomore guard Pat Young has picked up his scoring with a 20-point effort against Elizabethtown, followed by a 21-point night against Radford.

The Green Terrors are looking for their first section win after losses to Dickinson and Franklin & Marshall.

The six teams in front of them in the Southwest are a combined 43-20 going into the meat of section play. Only Lebanon Valley (5-5) isn't above .500 overall.

Moravian (7-2, 1-1) is led by Dan Burrell, who in five MAC contests has averaged a little less than 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds.

Green Terrors junior Rolando Welch leads the MAC Southern Division -- comprising teams from the Southwest and Southeast sections -- in scoring with a 21.7 average and is second in rebounding at 10.7 in three conference games.

On Saturday, the Green Terrors will take on Washington College and South Carroll grads Geoff Rupert and Dan Dutton.

Rupert, a junior guard/forward, is second on the team in scoring (15.9) and rebounding (6.3).

His season high in scoring came in the school's Wild Goose Classic in December, when he had 30 points in an 88-85 opening-round victory over Goucher. Washington College went on to win the tournament and Rupert was named Most Valuable Player.

Women's basketball

The women will have to turn things around on the road with two key section games this week.

They play tomorrow at Southwest section leader Franklin & Marshall, then travel to Lebanon Valley on Saturday.

Coach Becky Martin moved sophomore Denise Spangler into the starting lineup Saturday against Dickinson, and she responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds. It was her third straight game reaching double figures in scoring and rebounding.

Spangler's effort wasn't enough, though, and the Green Terrors fell to visiting Dickinson, 67-56, to drop to 2-7 overall and 0-2 in the section.

Wrestling

Coach Paul Johnson's squad kept on rolling with wins in a tri-meet against Johns Hopkins and Messiah on Saturday.

Greg Welch (142 pounds) recorded two first-period pins, and Justin Mikulski (118) also had two pins to lead the Green Terrors past host Hopkins, 31-15, and Messiah, 33-19.

The Green Terrors will travel to Swarthmore on Saturday to compete in a dual-meet tournament featuring six schools.

Along with host Swarthmore, the Green Terrors will go up against Gallaudet, Elizabethtown, King's College and the Coast Guard Academy.

Swimming

The swimming team will return to the pool at Scranton on Saturday after a lengthy break.

At 4-0, the women are off to their fastest start since the 1981-82 season, when they went 10-0. The men are 1-3.

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