St. Frances upends St. Mary's

March 01, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton had seen enough of St. Mary's guard Kristin Miller.

In his team's previous two meetings against the Saints this season, Miller was the key to both St. Mary's victories.

This time Shelton used a box-and-one on Miller and held her scoreless, as the fourth-ranked Panthers defeated No. 3 St. Mary's, 61-47, in the Catholic League Tournament Championship game at the College of Notre Dame last night.

"Anybody else but Miller," Shelton said. "I don't think I could really live with myself if she came in here and had a good game. Sherry Dawkins did a real good job defensively on her."

Miller had hit a crucial three-pointer against St. Frances in the teams' first meeting, then she scored 15 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead St. Mary's over the Panthers again last month.

Last night, Miller, who had been averaging nearly 15 points per game, was 0-for-5 from the field.

The box-and-one often left guard Erin Hon open, but she was 1-for-11 from the field, including 0-for-5 from three-point range. Senior point guard Bridget Smith (11 ppg) also was held scoreless.

The win gave the Panthers (23-3) their first Catholic League tournament title in their fourth season in the league.

After going 10-37 the first two seasons, St. Frances has won 42 of 53.

It was also the Panthers' first victory over St. Mary's (25-3), which had gone undefeated in the league to capture its third consecutive regular-season championship.

The loss ended the Saints' 24-game winning streak, which was the area's longest.

Junior forward/guard Melba Chambers scored 20 points to lead St. Frances.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.