Head hits 1,000-point plateau

February 18, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

When Western Maryland senior Sue Head pulled up for a soft jumper in the last minute of Monday's basketball game against Washington College, all she knew at the time was she had just given the Green Terrors a two-point lead.

The fact she became only the fifth player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau for her career was secondary. Coming away with the win came first.

The Westminster High graduate knew she was close to the mark going into the game, but she wasn't exactly sure how many points she needed.

She needed 15, and that's what she got.

A perfect ending would have had the Green Terrors scoring the (( final basket and coming away with the win, but it wasn't to be as Washington College hit two free throws with two seconds left for a two-point win.

Three days later, Head still was talking about losing a game the team should have won rather than her accomplishment.

"We definitely had a flat night and didn't play with enough intensity," Head said. "That was a game we should have won. That's what makes it a little disappointing."

That's exactly the kind of player the two-time team co-captain has been throughout her career at Western Maryland. But what about her individual accomplishment?

"I've had some more time to think about it the past couple of days and I was really surprised that I was only the fifth player to ever do it," she said.

"Looking at it now, it's a neat thing, a great accomplishment and I'm very happy."

Head transferred to Western Maryland in the second semester of the 1990-91 season after spending a semester at Marymount the year before. She remembers coming off the bench in her first game against Albright that season.

"I was extremely nervous and knew I'd play because we only had seven players at the time," she said.

"I was a scorer in high school, but didn't look at myself as a scorer at first in the college level. Early on, I passed off a lot."

Throughout her career, Head has received support from her two biggest fans -- her parents. From that first game against Albright on, they have attended every game.

"Their support definitely has a lot to do with what I've accomplished," she said.

"Always seeing their faces in the crowd is a big plus and it's greatthey've been a part of my career."

Head has done much more than score points at Western Maryland. The 5-foot-8 also guard has compiled 441 rebounds (leading the team with a 5.96 average her sophomore year), 223 assists and 160 steals.

As a physical education major, she carries a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average and recently was selected to the GTE Academic All-America College Division District II women's basketball team.

"Sue's a strong leader on and off the court," said coach Becky Martin. "She's very coachable and very attentive and there's never been a question regarding commitment. She's always the first one to practice and the last one to leave.

"Scholastically, she's at the top of the team as far as grade-point average. We look for our student-athletes to strive on and off the court and she really typifies that."

Martin can relate with what Head accomplished on Monday.

Another Westminster High grad, she was the first Green Terrors woman to surpass the 1,000-point mark back in 1980 and finished her playing career with 1,299 points.

Cindy Boyer, a 1987 Western Maryland grad, owns the school's all-time scoring mark with 1,577 points.

HEAD OF THE CLASS

Western Maryland College senior Sue Head, a Westminster High grad, became the fifth woman in school history to score 1,000 points in a career on Monday. Here's a year-by-year breakdown of how she did it:

Season.. .. . .. .. GP.. .. .. .. Pts.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Avg.

1990-91 .. .. .. .. 15 .. .. .. ..136 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 9.1

1991-92 .. .. .. .. 23 .. .. .. ..317 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 13.8

1992-93 .. .. .. .. 24 .. .. .. ..302 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 12.6

1993-94 .. .. .. .. 20 .. .. .. ..260 .. .. .. ... .. .. ..13.0

Totals .. .. .. .. .82 .. .. .. ..1,015 .. .. .. .. .. .. .12.4

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