A freshman returns home Women's basketball: A year ago, Alisha Mosley was starring for Mount Hebron, but her game has a much higher profile now. Despite a struggle last night, she's making an impact at Wake Forest.

February 13, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Wake Forest freshman Alisha Mosley had a right to be nervous as her team played Maryland at Cole Field House last night.

"All of Howard County is here to see her," said Howard senior Chanelle Carter, one of numerous county players who came to watch the former Mount Hebron standout and two-time county Player of the Year. "I'd be a little nervous, too."

Said Wake Forest coach Karen Freeman: "It's hard to come back home and not be a little nervous." Whether it was nerves or the illness she is trying to fight off, Mosley had her shakiest game as a starter last night in the Demon Deacons' 74-49 loss.

"It feels good to see all my family and friends here," said Mosley, who has started the last five games. "But that didn't affect my play. I just had a bad game."

Mosley, who led Wake Forest in scoring two of the last three games, finished with her average last night -- seven points (3-for-11 from the field) in 29 minutes.

"I'm frustrated with my play," said Mosley, whose team (10-13 overall, 2-11 ACC) has lost 10 straight. "But I know this is a stage of learning for me. I've got three more years. Every day, I can learn more."

Added Freeman: "Alisha has been playing very well. Tonight was not indicative of the way she has been playing. She's going to be very good. You'll see a big difference when she comes back next year."

Alisha's mother, Vicky Mosley, personally keeping statistics of the game, just as she did for four seasons at Mount Hebron, looked dejected after the game.

"This is the way the season has been going [for Wake Forest]," said Mrs. Mosley, who with her husband Allen has seen all but two Wake Forest games this season. "Alisha's played better. She wasn't at her best tonight."

But last night wasn't only about basketball. It was about the family, friends, former players and coaches and current players and coaches who came to watch an athlete they admire and respect.

"There are just too many to count," Mrs. Mosley said. "I'm overwhelmed with the support and the love they have shown for her. It just brings tears to my eyes. It's like a reunion."

Besides Mosley, two other players from last year's All-County first team are having success at college.

Kellye Townsend, a four-year varsity starter at Hammond, has started the last 10 games for Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is averaging eight points and 7.5 rebounds a game for Long Island (7-14 overall, 5-8 Northeast Conference). She had 13 points and 12 rebounds in a 79-60 loss Monday night against visiting Mount St. Mary's.

Jill Younce, a three-year varsity starter at Glenelg, is averaging 14 minutes of playing time off the bench at Longwood College in Farmville, Va. Longwood is 21-2 overall, 16-1 in the Carolinas Virginia Athletic Conference. Younce is averaging 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. She had a career-high 14 points in 32 minutes against High Point, N.C.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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