Loyola's Stoffey piles up records

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January 26, 1995|By GARY LAMBRECHT

It seems that with each excellent performance, Loyola senior forward Patty Stoffey sets a record or threatens to break one.

Last month, Stoffey became the top scorer in Loyola women's basketball history and took over the all-time scoring lead among women's players in Division I state history. She already owns 13 school records, including all free-throw shooting marks, and is closing in on the school's career steals, field-goal attempts and field-goal percentage records.

She figures to set two more records in the next week -- as Loyola's all-time scoring leader (men and women combined) and as the state's all-time leading women's scorer.

The 5-foot-10 Stoffey scored 34 points Monday night against Manhattan, her fourth 30-point effort of the season, to increase her career scoring total to 2,121 points. She needs another 34 points to catch recent Loyola men's star Kevin Green for second place, and she is just 78 points shy of tying all-time Loyola scoring leader Jim Lacy (2,199).

Stoffey is in second place among Maryland's all-time women's scorers, trailing only the late Renie Amoss of Goucher. She needs 100 points to catch Amoss.

Loyola (11-4, 2-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) is off to its best start in school history, and although the Greyhounds have become more balanced this season, they still live and die with Stoffey. The top returning scorer in the nation from a year ago, Stoffey is averaging 23.4 points and 9.5 rebounds.

Coppin women moving up

Coppin State's men's basketball team has returned to its customary position atop the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Eagles' women's team, coming off a 6-21 season in which it finished seventh in the MEAC, is living in the same neighborhood. With Monday's victory over Florida A&M, the Lady Eagles moved into second place with a 5-1 MEAC record, a half-game behind North Carolina A&T.

Senior 6-2 center Rene Doctor continues to lead the way for Coppin State by dominating in the paint. Doctor, who averages 16.1 points, leads the nation's Division I women with a 14.8 rebounding average and is shooting 54 percent. She has led the Eagles in rebounding in 14 of 16 games, and has scored in double figures 13 times.

How much of a rebounding force is Doctor? Of her 236 rebounds, 87 are offensive. Only teammate Lisa Briggs (113 rebounds) has more total rebounds than Doctor has amassed just at the offensive end. Doctor has had 20 or more rebounds three times.

Navy's Heary at top

Navy freshman Michael Heary is tied for first in the nation in free-throw shooting at 92.3 percent. Heary, who leads the Midshipmen with a 13.9 scoring average, is the only freshman among the country's top 15 in free-throw shooting. He has converted 60 of 65 attempts.

Josh Kohn of UNC-Asheville and Howard Pride of Vanderbilt also share Heary's 92.3 percentage. Kohn has taken only 52 shots, Pride 39.

Notre Dame fields four

Four members of Notre Dame's field hockey team, which went 10-8 last fall, were named to the National Academic Squad by the College Field Hockey Coaches' Association: sophomore goalie Alicia Abad (Dundalk High), sophomore defender Rachel Barnes (Sparrows Point), sophomore defender Jennifer Voellinger and junior forward Michele Sanford.

Miscellaneous

Goucher senior guard David Clark (Catonsville) was named the Middle Atlantic Region Division III Player of the Week after scoring 52 points and adding 12 rebounds, eight assists and six steals in the Gophers' 1-1 week. Clark made 13 of 24 shots and was 23 of 27 at the foul line. . . . About 1,300 tickets remain for Monday's Louisville-Towson State game at the Towson Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced from $5 to $10 and can be purchased by calling (410) 830-8447. . . . Coppin State's men's basketball team has won 25 consecutive home games, putting the Eagles in a tie for the second-longest home winning streak in the country.

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