Monday's tough 73-69 loss to visiting Ursinus in some ways depicts the kind of season it has been for the Western Maryland men's basketball team.
The Green Terrors got a big three-pointer from Jimmy Naughton to give them a 69-68 lead with 12 seconds left, but Bernie Rogers answered with a three-pointer six seconds later and tacked on two free throws to give Ursinus the road win.
Senior Rolando Welch enjoyed a solid week. After producing 24 points and 17 rebounds in a 80-67 win against Catholic on Saturday, he finished with 28 points and 16 rebounds in Monday's loss. He led the Green Terrors in both categories in each of the previous four games before last night's game against Gettysburg.
The Green Terrors (7-11, 3-5 Centennial Conference before last night) will travel to Dickinson on Saturday before visiting conference power Franklin & Marshall (18-1, 9-0) on Tuesday.
In a win last week against Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall sophomore guard Jeremiah Henry went 12-for-12 at the free-throw line to tie a school record. Bob Manaskie set the standard against Widener in 1977.
Western Maryland's women team (8-6, 4-5) has dropped its past three conference games to fall out of playoff contention and could play the spoiler role on Saturday when it plays host to the Dickinson Red Devils (13-4, 8-1).
Freshman Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) scored a career-high 23 points on Tuesday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Green Terrors past conference foe Gettysburg (7-8,5-4).
A 9-2 Gettysburg run with five minutes left in the game turned a one-point Bullets lead into a 68-60 advantage with 2:45 left. Gettysburg maintained the margin to go on to a 70-62 win.
The Green Terrors will travel to Gallaudet tonight before seeing Dickinson on Saturday.
The Red Devils are just a half a game behind Franklin & Marshall (13-3, 9-1 in conference play) for the top spot in the Centennial's West Division.
Annie Guzek leads a balanced attack, averaging 15.4 points and 9.3 rebounds in conference games. She is tops in the conference in field-goal percentage, hitting just under 59 percent of her shots.
Dickinson defeated the Green Terrors, 73-49, in their first meeting Dec. 7. It was the Green Terrors' first conference loss after two wins.
The Green Terrors, who were off last weekend, return to the pool Saturday when they play host Ursinus.
The Western Maryland women (4-5, 1-2) will go up against a solid Ursinus team (4-2, 3-1) led by the Derstine sisters -- Jen and Jessica.
Jen, a senior, won two events against Swarthmore (50 and 100 free) and Franklin & Marshall (100 and 200 free). Jessica, a freshman, placed first in the 200 free and 200 backstroke against Swarthmore. Both meets were conference wins for Ursinus.
A first will take place in the men's meet as both teams are looking for their first conference win in dual-meet action. The Green Terrors are 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the conference, and Ursinus is still winless (0-6, five of which were conference losses).
The Green Terrors (3-10 after a 30-27 loss to Haverford on Saturday) will play host to a tri-meet Saturday with Ursinus and Lebanon Valley.