Mount women top UMBC, end 4-game losing streak Winners shoot 31 percent, but force 26 turnovers


December 11, 1997|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

EMMITSBURG -- Frank Keaney would have loved the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team.

Keaney, a legendary coach in the 1940s, was perhaps the originator of "racehorse basketball." He figured a team could overcome any shooting deficiencies it might have if it shot often enough.

The Mountaineers use the same strategy. They started out hitting just seven of their first 29 shots against UMBC last night. But at that point, late in the first half, they were right in the game even though the Retrievers were shooting 59 percent (10-for-17). Note the difference in the number of shots taken.

Ultimately, the Mount's constant bombardment and its frenetic defense crowding the ball at all times led to the team halting a four-game losing streak with a 64-49 victory over UMBC.

It was not a 15-point game by any means. For the game, the Mountaineers (2-5) ended up shooting 31 percent, and coach Bill Sheahan said, "I certainly do worry about our percentage. But if our defense keeps playing like it did tonight, forcing 26 turnovers, we'll get the shots we need."

Turnovers is a word you best not mention in the presence of UMBC coach Kathy Solano for a while. "We like to speed the game up by running off misses [which Mount St. Mary's has provided in abundance through its first seven games], and that does lead to turnovers," she said. "But 26?

"Still, we were in it until we got to 42. It was a three-point game [45-42]. Then we just stuck there. We took timeouts and talked about it, but nothing happened."

Kia Williams got a three-pointer for the home team: 48. Point guard Lauren Menichini, who had just one turnover as opposed to seven assists, hit a two-pointer and then a three-pointer (53). The Mountaineers were gone.

The victory ended Mount St. Mary's losing streak against classy opposition (Virginia, James Madison, Harvard and Holy Cross). UMBC's losing skein advanced to six.

"We miss Maggie McDevitt so badly," Solano said. McDevitt, the Retrievers' point guard last season, tore a knee ligament the first day of practice and is lost for the season. "She not only runs the offense but she calms us down," Solano said.

As usual, Kendra Damann led UMBC in scoring with 15 points and, just seconds into the game, she became the 11th woman in school history to score 1,000 points. Just to prove that bull's eye from the deep right corner was no fluke, she ran into the left corner and did it again 30 seconds later.

Other women's games

Loyola 75, Richmond 73: Jina Mosley scored 21 and Mary Anne Kirsch added 18 to lead the visiting Greyhounds (3-3), who held on to win when Richmond's Carole Detollenaere missed a driving layup at the buzzer.

Loyola led by as many as eight points in the second half, but the Spiders used a 10-2 run to tie the game at 70 with 2: 33 left to play. Richmond led for the first time at 72-70 with 1: 52 left on a jumper by Detollenaere, but Catey Peters hit two free throws with 29.1 seconds left to put Loyola ahead to stay.

St. Mary's 76, Hood 36: Erica Pearson hit 11 of 19 shots and scored a game-high 25 as the host Seahawks (4-2 overall, 3-0 Capital Athletic Conference) cruised.


Goucher 71, Gettysburg 44: A 16-0 first-half run and 18 points from Bakari Ward (Severna Park) gave Gophers coach Leonard Trevino his 100th career victory.

St. Mary's 89, Frostburg State 77: The visiting Seahawks (2-3) got 21 points from Harvey Davis and used a late 16-4 run to drop the Bobcats to 4-2.

Western Maryland 91, Villa Julie 63: Will Marshall (Sparrows Point) and sophomore Brian Billman both scored 26 to lead the host Green Terror (4-3).

Cheyney 87, Bowie State 83: Jamar Shaw scored 29 and was 15 of 17 from the free-throw line to halt a late rally by the visiting Bulldogs.

Pub Date: 12/11/97

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