Western Md. aims to soar past foes

November 23, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

It's no wonder Western Maryland women's basketball coach Becky Martin is all smiles these days.

She enjoyed her finest recruiting season in years, has seen some vast improvement in some returning players and, with other players on the floor who need to be taken notice of by opponents, envisions senior Sue Head with some wide-open shots.

"We've added some speed and size, and with the experience we gained last year, those are three attributes needed to build a solid program," Martin said.

"It has the coaching staff smiling."

Martin is hoping the improved inside play of senior co-captain Marie Pawlowski and the addition of 6-foot-4 freshman Heidi Snyder will take some of the pressure off Head and also get her better looks at the basket.

"Marie is playing with a lot of confidence and is very aggressive in the paint. Heidi is going to be able to step right in and help us. She will attract a lot of attention," Martin said.

"The inside game should give Sue better shots. Last year, she attracted a lot of attention and didn't always get the shot she was looking for."

Head, a co-captain and Westminster High graduate, led the Green Terrors in scoring (12.6 points per game) and was second in rebounding (6.7 rebounds per game) at shooting guard.

She'll get plenty of support this season with Martin able to use 10 players. Junior Christa Mose joins Head in the backcourt to run the show at the point. Martin said she is one of the returning players who has improved her game with added confidence.

Freshmen Erin Murphey and Shelley Smith -- backcourt mates at Francis Scott Key -- give the Green Terrors added quickness and the ability to drive to the basket. They'll both see plenty of time this season.

A trio of junior forwards will share duties up front. Denise Spangler (9.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg), Krista Shaffer (11.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and Andrea Romich (7.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg) give the Green Terrors a solid and deep rotation to join Pawlowski and Snyder.

Shaffer has quickness and three-point range at wing forward. Romich is a 5-9 post-up player who can score and rebound. Spangler, 5-10, can dominate at both ends of the floor.

"We have the luxury of using a lot of different people," Martin said. "The last time we had this much depth was the 20-5 and 18-5 teams in 1989 and '90.

"Last year, we knew we were going to struggle some and it would be a growing year. We gained experience from it."

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