Green Terror's success, challenges grow WESTERN MD. NOTEBOOK

January 20, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The challenges for the Western Maryland women's basketball team grow bigger and bigger and now come in bunches.

At 5-0 and atop the Centennial Conference's West Division, the Green Terror (9-2 overall) has been noticed.

It can't look past Saturday's home game against Haverford (3-9 overall, 0-3 in the CC East) with a showdown against Johns Hopkins (9-4, 3-1 in the CC West) coming on Tuesday. Eight of its next 10 games will come against conference foes.

After its seven-game win streak was ended last Thursday by nonconference opponent Lebanon Valley, the Green Terror went back to work with conference wins against Bryn Mawr, 77-39, on Saturday and Franklin & Marshall, 67-49, on Tuesday.

Sophomore point guard Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) scored 18 points and added 11 rebounds in the win against Bryn Mawr. Sandi DeJager and Denise Spangler scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the Green Terror over F&M.

Western Maryland has out-rebounded its opponent in every game and has shot better than its opponent in every game but one -- last week's loss against Lebanon Valley. The Green Terror is hitting nearly 44 percent from the field while limiting opponents to under 35 percent.

Tuesday's game at Hopkins will be the toughest conference game so far.

The Blue Jays are ranked sixth in Division III's Middle Atlantic Region and are led by senior guards Amy Dodrill (14.5 points per game) and Karen Hoffman (14.4). Sophomore guard Fran Hewes (North Carroll) also has been a steady contributor.

The Green Terror are ranked 23rd nationally in the Columbus Multimedia Division III Team Efficiency Ratings. The TER are calculated from virtually every statistical category.

Men's basketball

The Green Terror will try improving its 2-2 CC record Saturday at Haverford (5-10, 1-4 in CC East) and Wednesday at home against Johns Hopkins (1-12, 1-2 in CC West).

Haverford started the season 0-9 before rattling off five straight wins behind junior guard Chris Guiton, who's averaging 21.1 points.

After a 20-7 1993-94 season, the Blue Jays -- minus all five starters -- have fallen on hard times, dropping 10 straight going into last night's game against Washington College.

The Green Terror continue to do the job offensively, averaging 82.5 points in the conference, but are also yielding a league-high 86 points.

Sophomore forward Daeviid St. Rose is averaging 17.2 points and 7.2 rebounds, and senior guard Pat Young is at 15.5 points and hitting just under 38 percent of his three-point attempts.

Wrestling

Western Maryland came away with a split on Wednesday in its tri-meet with Haverford and Albright at the Gill Center.

The Green Terror (3-7) posted a 37-12 win over Haverford before dropping a 27-16 decision to Albright.

Sophomore Rick Estes (167) improved to 6-4 with two pins. Freshman Paul Scott upped his mark to 9-1 with two wins at 142. Sophomore Phil Simmerer (177) and junior Joe Flemming (190) also had two wins. Flemming is now 7-0.

The Green Terror will travel to Elizabethtown to compete in a tri-match along with York Wednesday.

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