Crunch time for women's basketball

January 27, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

It's getting close to make-or-break time for the Western Maryland College women's basketball team.

After tough Centennial Conference losses to West Division powers Franklin & Marshall (11-2, 7-1 in the Centennial) and Johns Hopkins, the Green Terrors (8-4, 4-3) find themselves 2 1/2 games behind second-place F&M for the final playoff spot.

With their 74-66 loss to Johns Hopkins (10-6, 5-2) on Tuesday, the Green Terrors dropped to last in the five-team West Division with a 4-3 mark.

They'll get a chance to rebound tonight when they travel to East Division leader Ursinus -- the only team on that side with a winning conference record at 4-3.

Despite the losses, the Green Terrors showed they could stay right with two of the best teams in the conference.

They had halftime leads in both games and were within three late against Hopkins, ranked sixth last week in the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region poll.

Even better news for the Green Terrors is that freshmen Sandi DeJager and Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) carried much of )) the load on Tuesday, each scoring 16 points.

DeJager, who's averaging 13 points, has led the team in scoring in six games and four of the past five. Her season high was 23 in a 76-70 win against Lebanon Valley.

Murphey's 16-point total on Tuesday was a career-high. She's averaging 8.7 points and entered the week third in the conference in steals, averaging 3.2 against conference foes.

Six of the Green Terrors' next seven games will be against conference opponents.

Men's basketball

It's no secret where junior guard Pat Young is hanging out: just beyond the three-point line.

Going into last night's Centennial Conference game against Johns Hopkins, Young had hit 29 three-point field goals in six conference games.

On Tuesday, Young hit six three-pointers and finished with 22 to lead the Green Terrors (6-9, 3-3 in the Centennial) to a 86-72 win over Haverford. The Green Terrors set a team single-game record with 12 three-pointers on the night.

After last night's game at Hopkins, the Green Terrors will be at the Gill Center for their next three games starting with Catholic on Saturday. They then face conference foes Ursinus on Monday and Gettysburg on Wednesday.

The Catholic game will renew an old rivalry. The two teams last met during the 1990-91 season , and Catholic owns a 31-24 series advantage. Western Maryland, however, has won the past two.

Senior forward Rolando Welch is among conference leaders in three categories. He leads the conference in rebounding (10.2 per conference game) and blocked shots (2.2), and is third in scoring (19.2).

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