Amoss amasses points, nets state scoring mark at Goucher

February 11, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

In yesterday's editions, College of Notre Dame basketball player Marianne Kelly Hruz was inadvertently omitted from a list of all-time leading scorers in state college women's basketball. Ms. Hruz, a 1987 graduate, finished with 1,580 points, which places her 15th in state history.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Four minutes into the second half of Goucher's game at St. Mary's on Tuesday night, the officials called time.

"I had no idea why they stopped the game," said Goucher guard Renie Amoss. "I had just made a basket, someone called a timeout, and I didn't know what was going on."

Amoss' 12-foot jumper happened to make her the state's all-time leading scorer in women's basketball, and the game was stopped to recognize the achievement. Going into the game, she needed just 21 points to break the record of 2,063, set by UMBC's Tammy McCarthy (1983 to 1987). Amoss, who had lost track of the record while the Gophers were rallying from a seven-point deficit, finished with a game-high 28.

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"The most important thing was that I wanted to win the game," Amoss said after the Gophers' 83-73 win. "The game was so close that I really didn't get to enjoy [the moment]."

Amoss, a 5-foot-4 senior from Chadds Ford, Pa., is averaging 22.9 points. She had led the Gophers in scoring for 32 consecutive games until the streak ended last week against Catholic University, when she scored 13.

"She's one of the most intense athletes I've ever coached," Goucher second-year coach Noelle Navarro said. "She sees a lot things on the floor that I don't think anyone else sees."

With four regular-season games left, including tonight's against visiting Western Maryland, Amoss is Goucher's all-time leader in points (2,071), assists (386) and steals (289).

"When she came to Goucher she was a point guard, but she had to become a scorer," Navarro said.

"Three years ago, we didn't have a strong team, and it was the most frustrating thing," Amoss said. "I knew that when I came to Goucher, but it didn't hit me until we lost and lost.

"I wouldn't have learned as much as I did if I had gone somewhere else," she said.

In her freshman season, Amoss led the team in scoring with 578 points. That year, the Gophers went 7-18 after going 0-19 the year before.

The following season (1990-91), the Gophers went 11-10 for their first winning record since 1982-83. Last season was Goucher's first in the Capital Athletic Conference, and the Gophers finished 5-18. Amoss led the conference in scoring (24.4) and assists (4.4).

L This year, the Gophers are 10-10 overall and 4-5 in the CAC.

"The past two seasons we've had the most talent and I'm sad that I'm leaving because we really have a program now," said Amoss, who plays on the tennis team in the spring and the field hockey team in the fall. She holds the school record for career goals (56) and assists (28) in field hockey.

"You could never do that anywhere else," said Amoss, who has a double major in economics and business management. "I wanted to play more than one sport, and I knew I was going to college to get an education first."

Going into her senior year, Amoss was dreading the impending end of her athletic career.

"For women, you never get this type of competition again -- ever," Amoss said.

"I asked my brother [George, who played tennis at Mount St. Mary's], 'Were you totally freaked out going into your senior year?' He told me, 'When I entered my senior year I felt I had so much experience that I was going to have one of the best seasons of my life,' " Amoss said. "I thought that was pretty neat advice."

After she reached 1,000, her parents gave her a necklace with a gold basketball hoop pendant.

"For my 2,000th point, my parents and I went out to dinner and there was this big bag beside the table," Amoss said. "I opened it and inside was a briefcase -- a briefcase -- I said, 'This is a joke, right?' "

But it wasn't.

"My dad said, 'We love you, we're proud of you, now get a job,' " Amoss said.

Amoss isn't sure what to expect now that she has broken the state scoring record.

"I don't know, maybe Dad will arrange a job for me," Amoss said with a smile. "Right now, I'm thinking about applying to graduate schools and looking for a graduate assistantship with a team."

But there may be another avenue for Amoss to explore.

Last week, Navarro received a letter from the Women's Professional Athletic Association (based in Hanover) expressing interest in Amoss for a professional basketball league set to debut in October.

"If nothing happens with [the league], this still makes me feel good," Amoss said, pointing to the letter.

"Maybe I don't need that briefcase after all," Amoss said.

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