Terps' Hicks left off Kodak list ACC is bypassed on All-America list WOMEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT

April 03, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

ATLANTA -- The most interesting thing about the 10 basketball players on the Kodak Women's All-America team announced yesterday may be who is not on the list.

For only the second time since an All-America team has been announced and the first time in seven years, no player from the Atlantic Coast Conference made the squad.

The selection panel of coaches from across the country ignored Maryland center Jessie Hicks and Virginia center Heather Burge, the ACC Player of the Year, as well as Virginia guard Dena Evans, the Most Valuable Player of the ACC tournament.

Texas Tech forward Sheryl Swoopes, the National Player of the Year, Ohio State forward Katie Smith, Iowa center Toni Foster and Vanderbilt center Heidi Gillingham, all participating in this weekend's Final Four, headed the list.

Smith joined Cheryl Miller, Ann Meyers and Lynnette Woodard as the only freshmen to be named All-Americans.

Other players named include Andrea Congreaves, a 6-foot-3 senior center from Mercer; Lauretta Freeman, a 6-1 senior forward from Auburn; Lisa Harrison, a 6-0 forward from Tennessee; Karen Jennings, a 6-2 forward from Nebraska; Milica Vukadinovic, a 6-1 senior guard from California, and Val Whiting, a 6-3 senior center from Stanford.

Announcergate

Up to now, the presumption has been that Iowa players would have to play just Ohio State players in today's second women's NCAA semifinal.

But Hawkeyes coach Vivian Stringer is worried that they'll have to take on the Buckeyes' public address announcer, too.

Wendy Craver, a Columbus, Ohio, television reporter, who doubles as the PA announcer for Ohio State games, has been tapped to handle public address honors for the Final Four, and Stringer is not amused.

Stringer said the NCAA shouldn't allow anything that could be construed as an edge for one team over another in the Final Four, suggesting that the familiarity of Craver's voice could help Ohio State.

Tricia E. Bork, NCAA group executive director for championships and event management, said Craver's selection was "not an unusual situation" in sports.

"She [Stringer] did come to us and express her concern," Bork said. "But it's not an issue. We have confidence in her [Craver] professionalism."

Sing-a-long

Patrons at Champions, a local sports bar, may have been surprised Thursday to see the all-star cast assembled for Karaoke Night.

Former Auburn star Mae Ola Bolton, an accomplished singer, was able to coax Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, Purdue coach Lin Dunn and ESPN analyst Mimi Griffin to join her in a chorus of the Supremes' "Stop In The Name Of Love."

"We knew we were making history by making the Supremes a five-person group," said Griffin.

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