Basketball coaches see encouraging signs Western Maryland notebook

January 20, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Saturday was the kind of day Western Maryland basketball coaches Nick Zoulias and Becky Martin were hoping to see a lot more of this season.

The men's team came away with an 88-73 win over Washington College, despite having leading scorer and rebounder Rolando Welch and senior point guard Scott Lyon out for most of the second half with foul trouble.

The women shot 50 percent from the field for the first time this season and beat Lebanon Valley, 79-57. All season, Martin has looked for balanced scoring. She found it Saturday, when four Green Terrors reached double figures.

Men's basketball

Sophomore guard Pat Young continues his hot shooting and did it in the clutch Saturday night against Washington College.

After Washington College cut the Green Terrors' lead to 63-57 in the second half, Young took over.

He started by hitting a three-pointer and then hit a pair of jumpers to get the Western Maryland lead back to 13.

Young finished the night with a career-high 26 points, including 5-for-8 from three-point range. It was the second consecutive game he set career marks. In the Green Terrors' 73-71 loss to Moravian, Young scored 23.

Freshman small forward Jeff Daniels also had a career night, scoring 19.

The Green Terrors (3-9 overall, 0-3 in the Middle Atlantic Conference-Southwest) will play host to Lebanon Valley (8-5) tonight and Gettysburg on Saturday night.

When Gettysburg meets Western Maryland -- particularly at the Gill Center in Westminster -- almost anything can happen.

In the past three meetings at Gill Center, Gettysburg has won three times by a combined seven points.

In the 1989-90 season, a three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Bullets a 64-62 win. In 1990-91, a basket at the buzzer gave them a 72-70 win. Last season, Western Maryland trailed 88-81 with 1:37 left before cutting the lead to 90-88 with 17 seconds left. After a Gettysburg free throw made it 91-88, Mike Eves' three-point attempt fell just short, continuing the Green Terrors' frustration.

Women's basketball

Juniata (9-3) and the Division III's leading scorer, Annette Hoffman, visit Gill Center tomorrow.

Through 12 games, Hoffman is averaging 34.8 points, shooting 48 percent from the field and shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line.

The 5-foot-11 senior forward, also averaging 11.8 rebounds, recently reached 2,000 points for her career.

The Green Terrors (4-8) won't be able to key solely on Hoffman, however, because Joy Hammers is averaging 16.6 points.

The 79 points in Saturday's win over Lebanon Valley was the most by the Green Terrors this season.

Andrea Romich was a big factor Saturday, shooting 8-for-10 from the field for 19 points. Sue Head and Krista Shaffer had 13 each, and Denise Spangler scored 10.

Swimming

Saturday was a 50-50 day for the swimming team at Scranton.

Despite freshman Karen Alexander's two school records, the women suffered their first defeat, 115-89. The men improved to 2-3 by defeating Scranton, 126-73.

Alexander established records of 2 minutes, 17.93 seconds in the 200-yard butterfly and 2:17.20 in the 200 individual medley.

The men were led by Paul Matkovic and Mike Jekogian, both of whom claimed two wins. Matkovic's came in the 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke; Jekogian's were in the 100 and 200 freestyles.

The swimming team will stay at home this week, facing Goucher F FTC tonight and Lebanon Valley on Saturday afternoon (Parents Day).

Wrestling

The wrestling team split four matches in a tournament at Swarthmore on Saturday.

Justin Mikulski went 4-0, winning by technical fall, superior decision, decision and forfeit in the 118-pound division. Greg Welch won three of four matches at 142.

The Green Terrors (4-2) defeated the Coast Guard Academy and host Swarthmore and fell to Elizabethtown and King's College.

They'll be at York College for a tournament Saturday.

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