Division I women capsules

November 23, 1995|By Jamison Hensley

Coppin State

League: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Coach: Tori Harrison (40-44 career record)

1994-95 record: 14-14, 10-6 in the MEAC

Top returnees: Lisa Briggs, 5-10, Jr. F (9.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg); Natasha Parks, 5-11, Sr., F (12.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg); Stephanie Ready, 5-8, Jr., G (7.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg); Delora Walker, 5-7, Sr., G (6.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 apg).

Top newcomers: Michelle Duncan, 5-4, Fr., G; Alicia Ritchie, 5-4, Fr., G; Danielle Scott, 5-8, Fr., G.

Outlook: The Eagles have not had a winning record since 1993-94, and have to adjust to the loss of Rene Doctor, who in her senior year led Coppin in scoring (16.2) and rebounding (13.8). Doctor, the only Eagle last season to shoot over 45 percent, led Coppin in rebounding in 21 of 25 games. One of Coppin's two returning starters, Parks, is the top scorer. She was the Eagles' top outside shooter, hitting 36 three-pointers. In the final five games, Parks reached double figures in scoring, averaging 19.6 points. However, she shot 36 percent from the field and 28 percent from three-point range. Briggs, who started 14 games last season, leads the frontcourt but has to stay out of foul trouble. She averaged a foul every eight minutes, fouling out in seven games. She was second in rebounding, grabbing double-digit totals in eight games. Also, half of Briggs' rebounds last season were offensive. For the second straight year, Walker will run the offense. The Eagles averaged 63.3 points per game, but also 25 turnovers.

Loyola

League: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Coach: Pat Coyle (52-35)

1994-95 record: 20-9, 7-6 in the MAAC

Top returnees: Lynn Albert, 6-1, Jr., F (7.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg); Denise Stuewe, 5-10, Sr., G/F (4.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg); Kristin Fraser, 5-6, Soph., G (3.9 ppg, 2.6 apg); Dawn Gerdich, 6-2, Jr., C (1.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg).

Top newcomers:Top newcomers: Jennifer Bongard, 6-0, Fr., F; Theresa Cooney, 5-6, Fr., G; Corey Hewitt, 5-6, Fr., G; Mary Ann Kirsch, 6-1, Fr., F; Jina Mosley, 6-0, Fr., G.

Outlook: Loyola had its best season in school history, producing its first 20-win season and advancing to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. But gone is all-time leading scorer Patty Stoffey. Gone are four other starters and 72 percent of the Greyhounds' scoring. "Any time you lose five starters, there is cause for concern, especially with the success last year's team had," Coyle said. "But I think our program has reached the point where we don't have to look at the upcoming season as a rebuilding year. Our upperclassmen have contributed a great deal during the past two seasons, and we have perhaps our best freshman class ever coming in. On paper it looks like we've lost a lot, but I think we're in for another solid year." Albert and Gerdich are the two most experienced frontcourt players. Albert also is versatile, scoring in the post and hitting 12 three-pointers. Her 48-percent shooting was third on the team. Gerdich started three games last season when center Patty Taylor was injured. In a start against Canisius, she had six points, four rebounds and three assists. Fraser takes over at point guard after averaging nearly four assists in 25 games. She looked out of control in certain games last season and must reduce her team-leading turnover total (88). Joining Fraser in the backcourt likely will be Stuewe, who transferred from Fairleigh Dickinson a year ago. She was slowed by a wrist injury last season, appearing in 24 games as a reserve. She is Loyola's top perimeter defender.

Morgan State

League: MEAC

Coach: Anderson Powell

1994-95 record: 5-21, 4-12 in the MEAC

Top returnees: Karla Warfield, 6-1, Jr., G (7.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg); Kaira Warfield, 5 -10, Jr., G (11.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apg); Tressan Dugan, 6-2, Soph., F (6.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg); Sarah Womack, 6-2, Soph., G (2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg).

Top newcomers: Kennetta Murry , 5-6, Fr., G; LaShaunda Clark, 5-9, Fr., C; Sherri Anderson, 5-9, Fr., G; Leah Littlefield, 5-6, Fr., G; Maiysha Stokes, 5- 7, Fr., F.

Outlook: Powell returns as coach after a one-year absence. He once again attempts to try to turn around the Bears, who have won only nine of their past 44 games and one of their last 20 non-conference games. The strength of the team remains the backcourt of Karla and Kaira Warfield. Kaira Warfield, a second-team all-conference pick last season, led Morgan in scoring last season and ranked in the nation's top 10 in steals (3.0 spg). Karla Warfield returns as the second-leading scorer and shot-blocker. Karla and Kaira led Morgan in scoring a combined 14 times. Besides the backcourt, Morgan State lacks scoring. The Bears shot only 34 percent and scored 56 points per game. Morgan State was also outrebounded by an average of 47-39. Dugan is the most seasoned frontcourt player, but

averaged only five rebounds a game.

Mount St. Mary's

League: Northeast Conference

Coach: Bill Sheahan (321-70)

1994-95 record: 24-6, 17-1 in the NEC

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