Terps women's youth prevails over Mount's experience, 66-54

November 27, 1994|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Mount St. Mary's women's basketball coach Bill Sheahan conceded the physical talent and home-court advantages to Maryland in yesterday's meeting at Cole Field House, but hoped the Mountaineers' experience would be enough to steal a win.

And with the Mount trailing by only two with 2:49 left, Sheahan had things about where he wanted them.

But it was the callow Terps who displayed the requisite poise down the stretch, scoring the game's final 10 points and holding off the Mountaineers, 66-54.

"If Maryland beats us, 100-35, everybody expects that," said Sheahan. "What's upsetting to me is we lost our poise. You don't expect that from a veteran team."

The Mountaineers (0-1) returned nine players who participated in the NCAA tournament last year.

But two of the five Terps freshmen -- forward Kalisa Davis and guard/forward Sonia Chase (McDonogh) -- did damage at the appropriate moments.

Davis came off the bench to score 10 of Maryland's final 15 points, and pull down six rebounds -- all offensive.

And all Chase did was score a game-high 17 points, while pulling down 22 rebounds -- the third-highest total for a Maryland player and the most in 17 years.

"I just worked hard and boxed out and went to get the ball," said Chase. "Whenever there was a loose ball, I went after it."

Said Maryland coach Chris Weller: "That's one of the attributes of Sonia's game that other college coaches really like. They feel she'll be a good player because she has that kind of mentality, and she provides a spark."

The Terps certainly needed a spark in their first game since losing at home to Virginia Tech by 15 in the season opener 12 days ago.

Their shooting woes continued as they shot 32 percent for the game and committed 19 turnovers, while showing the nervousness of youth, passing up open shots to pass and pass and pass some more.

"We struggle to get things accomplished. We've been sitting back waiting for our personality to develop, but I'm tickled that we were able to stay in a close game and not quit and keep playing hard," said Weller.

The Mountaineers, who open their home schedule today against Bucknell, also looked tentative, and were uncharacteristically cold from the outside, making just six of 25 three-point shots, on the way to 27 percent shooting overall.

"We did have a little bit of the jitters. It took us a while to warm up, but when we did, we did all right," said senior guard Shari Delaney, who had 17 points.

Delaney made all of her four three-pointers in the final seven minutes to keep the Mount in the game. Her steal of an inbounds pass and a feed to point guard Amy Langville for a layup capped a 9-2 run that cut the Maryland lead to 56-54 with 2:49 to go.

But the Mountaineers folded from there, and Davis, who missed the first few weeks of practice with a stress fracture in her right foot, took over.

Davis made a baseline turnaround with 1:14 left to give Maryland a seven-point lead, then scored on a put-back and was fouled, making the resulting free throw to boost Maryland to a 64-54 lead with 44.9 seconds left.

"I was kind of pumped and I wanted the whole team to get as pumped as I was. I was just going for the ball," said Davis.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S -- Delaney 4-14 5-6 17, Wable 6-14 3-6 16, Rowlyk 4-13 2-2 10, Langville 1-7 0-0 2, Schroyer 0-3 4-7 4, Bryant 1-3 0-0 2, Cuneo 1-5 0-0 3, McCattty 0-0 0-0 0, Wlikna 0-3 0-0 0, Boyce 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-62 14-21 54.

MARYLAND -- Gibson 1-9 0-0 2, Camper 7-11 2-2 16, Ohman 1-6 0-0 2, Williams 5-10 3-6 13, Chase 3-11 11-16 17, Purvis 0-5 0-0 0, Cimmier 0-1 0-0 0, Ferguson 0-5 4-4 4, Cross 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 4-8 4-4 12. Totals 21-66 24-32 66.

Halftime--Maryland, 30-26. 3-point goals--MSM 6-25 (Delaney 4-13, Cuneo 1-2, Wable 1-6, Langville 0-2, Wlinka 0-2); M 0-4 (Chase 0-1, Purvis 0-1, Gibson 0-2.) Fouled out--Wable. Rebounds--MSM 45 (Rowlyk 10); M 55 (Chase 22.) Assists--MSM 13 (Langville, Schroyer 4); M 12 (Chase 4.) Total fouls--MSM 24, M 19. Technicals--None. A--948.

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