Welch's 36 points light up Gill Center Western Maryland notebook

January 27, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

No basketball player has enjoyed a better night at Western Maryland College's Gill Center than Rolando Welch did last Saturday night.

Welch's 36 points and 21 rebounds -- both career highs -- led the Green Terrors to their first Middle Atlantic Conference-Southwest Section win of the season, 86-79 against Gettysburg.

His numbers were the best put up at the Gill Center since it opened in 1984.

The junior forward could become the first Green Terror in 18 years to average double figures in rebounding. In 14 games, he's averaging 12.4.

Welch also needs just two more blocked shots to reach 100 in his career.

After a 1-8 start, the Green Terrors have won three of their past five to improve to 4-10 overall and 1-4 in the MAC-Southwest.

Tonight, the Green Terrors will travel to Muhlenberg (11-5 overall, 3-2 section). Saturday, the Green Terrors will visit Franklin & Marshall, which shares first place with Lebanon Valley at 4-1.

Women's basketball

The women's team also is on the road this weekend, taking on Gettysburg on Saturday night.

The Green Terrors fell Saturday to Messiah, 63-50, and went into last night's section game at Dickinson at 5-9 and 1-3.

Sophomore Krista Shaffer scored 16 points Saturday on 7-for-11 from the field. The rest of the team connected on only 27 percent, hitting 14 of 52.

Gettysburg entered the week 7-6 overall and 1-2 in the section. It is led by 6-foot sophomore center Kelly Greise, who is averaging 17.9 points and 12.4 rebounds.

Swimming

It has been some time since the Green Terrors swimmers have had success against Franklin & Marshall, which will be competing at Western Maryland tonight.

The men never have defeated F & M, and the last time the women enjoyed success against their MAC foes was in the 1985-86 season.

This could be the year for a Western Maryland sweep.

The Green Terrors men (3-4) are coming off a 57-37 win against Lebanon Valley on Saturday. F & M is 0-5.

Freshman Paul Matkovich led the way for the Green Terrors on Saturday with a win in the 200-yard breaststroke and two second-place finishes.

On the women's side, freshman Karen Alexander beat her school record in the 200-yard butterfly and helped the Green Terrors beat Lebanon Valley, 57-33.

Alexander had set the mark earlier this month against Scranton, and she also has school bests in the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley.

The Green Terrors women are 6-1, and F & M is 1-4.

Wrestling

After finishing fourth out of eight teams in the York Tournament last weekend, the Green Terrors will be back in dual-meet competition Saturday at Elizabethtown.

Earlier in the season, Elizabethtown handed the Green Terrors a 33-21 loss.

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