Div. II and III women's capsules

November 21, 1996|By Jamison Hensley

Bowie State

League: Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Coach: Edward Davis (61-49)

1995-96: 22-10, 13-4 in the CIAA

Top returnees: Brenonda Jackson, 5-4, Jr., G (7.2 ppg); Brandey Lemons, 5-8, Sr., G (14.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg); Kimberly McCall, 6-0, Sr., F (10.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg); Yolanda Matthews, 5-8, Sr., F (3.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Tarsha Wilson, 6-0, Jr., C (4.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg); Rashida Brooks, 6-5, Soph., C (9.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg).

Top newcomer: Neyala Lee, 6-2, Fr., F.

Outlook: All five starters return from a team that posted the best Bowie State record in the past decade. In four years under Davis, the Bulldogs have gone from six to 22 victories. Last season, Bowie State advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II tournament, losing to Wingate University, 85-56.

The Bulldogs, who were 11-3 at home, rely on defense. Bowie State forced an average of 26 turnovers and held opponents to 33 percent shooting from the field. Lemons, the top scorer from last season, made 86 steals. The interior defense was bolstered by McCall and Brooks, who combined for 108 blocked shots and 14 rebounds a game.

Frostburg State

League: Independent

Coach: Jim Crawley (323-147)

1995-96: 17-7

Top returnees: Kara Reed, 6-7, Jr., G (15.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg); Shelly Ridgeway, 5-5, Jr., G (14.8 ppg, 3.9 apg); Tracey Grossnickle, 6-1, Jr., C (7.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg).

Top newcomers: Shannon Rexrode, 6-1, Fr., F; Chaira Lee, 5-8, Jr., F (transfer from Anne Arundel CC); Jessica Farinholt, 5-9, Jr., F (Frederick CC); Alisa Rugg, 5-7, Fr., G; Brandi Calhoun, 5-9, Fr., F.

Outlook: With an influx of talented newcomers, the starters are being pressed for their jobs and Crawley has more depth than ever. Rexrode (Catonsville) heads a strong group of three freshmen and two transfers.

The starting backcourt returns with Reed and Ridgeway. Without them, Crawley said, "We would be an average team." At center, Grossnickle is a solid scorer and Frostburg's top rebounder.

Goucher

League: Capital Athletic

Coach: Noelle Navarro (64-61)

1995-96: 17-10, 11-3 in the CAC

Top returnees: Allison Ruff, 5-10, Sr., C (6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg); Zeena Huang, 5-5, So., G (3.5 ppg); Shannon Towner, 5-11, So., F (5.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg); Jessica Barry, 5-6, Jr., G (1.2 ppg).

Top newcomers: Alex York, 5-8, Fr., F; Katie Tourtillotte, 5-4, Fr., G.

Outlook: Goucher, which is predicted to finish fifth in the eight-team CAC, lost four starters and its top substitute after making the NCAA tournament for the first time. The Gophers, who have won a school-record 17 games two straight years, look to lone returning starter, Ruff, and their reserves to step up.

Towner will help with the scoring and rebounding load in the frontcourt with the loss of first-team All-CAC selection Didi Cotton. Huang and Barry are expected to start in the backcourt.

Johns Hopkins

League: Centennial Conference

Coach: Nancy Blank (269-184)

1995-96: 20-8, 12-2 in the Centennial

Top returnees: Julie Anderson, 5-10, Jr., F (17.8 ppg, 14.2 rpg); Angie Arnold, 5-6, Jr., G (16.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.9 apg); Raechel Pricener, 5-7, So., G (1.6 ppg); Fran Hewes, 5-7, Sr., G (2.3 ppg); Jen Deaderick, 5-9, So., F (4.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg).

Top newcomers: Leslie Ritter, 5-5, Fr., G; Stacey Patton, 5-7, Fr., G.

Outlook: After the two most successful seasons in school history, Hopkins seeks to defend its first conference title and return to the NCAA tournament for the third straight year. The Blue Jays are ranked as high as No. 13 nationally -- the highest ranking in the program's history.

Expectations are high even though Hopkins has just one senior and two juniors on the roster. Anderson, a third-team All-American last year, and defensive stopper Deaderick will patrol the inside. Arnold, a first-team All-Centennial pick and last year's Hopkins MVP, is the outside threat and distributed a school single-season best 5.9 assists.

College of Notre Dame

League: Atlantic Women's Colleges

Coach: Tim Engle (78-79)

1995-96: 15-10

Top returnees: Jen Chaney, 5-9, Sr., F; Julie Desmond, 5-3, Sr., G; Tinah Houck, 5-10, Sr., F; Brandy Riley, 5-7, Sr., F.

Top newcomers: Jen Mottar, 5-10, Fr., F; Emily Bianco, 6-0, Fr., C; Nicole Dickson, 5-2, Fr., G.

Outlook: CND is gearing for another AWCC title with the return of three starters and a solid senior class under Engle, the conference Coach of the Year.

Chaney, Desmond, Houck and Riley have led the Gators to a 44-26 record in their three years. In fact, Chaney, Desmond and Houck are all on pace to break the 1,000-point mark this season. Desmond is on target to become the school's all-time assist leader.

St. Mary's

League: Capital Athletic

Coach: Shann Hart (first season)

1995-96: 9-15, 3-11 in the CAC

Top returnees: Erica Pearson, 6-2, So., F (11.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg); Megan Van Wambeke, 5-9, Jr., G (4.8 ppg); Liz McCurdy, 5-3, So., G (6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg).

Top newcomers: Malaika Nouwamey, 5-5, Fr., F; Marie Bull, 5-10, Fr., F.

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