Win begins Western's new era Doves sink John Carroll, 57-44, under new coach

Girls basketball

December 12, 1997|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

When John Carroll beat Western in the Greater Baltimore Women's Basketball Mixer last season, Patriots coach Kathleen Shannon said it put her team "on the map."

Last night, however, Western ushered in a new era at John Carroll's expense in the mixer.

The Doves made new coach Artie Uhlich's debut successful with a 57-44 victory over the sixth-ranked Patriots at the College of Notre Dame.

Senior guard Tyesha McMillion and junior center Crystal Falline scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, to lead No. 14-ranked Western to victory in its first game of the season.

Uhlich, who spent the past two years as coach at Northeast in Anne Arundel County, has replaced area legend Breezy Bishop, who departed Western after 25 seasons to become an assistant coach at North Carolina State University.

"This was our first game and my first game at Western, and everyone was really nervous at the beginning, especially myself," Uhlich said. "We're still working out the kinks and getting to know each other, so getting that first game under our belt is kind of nice."

If the Doves were still working out the kinks last night, it could be scary for the opposition when they get on a roll.

Western, which never trailed, simply outplayed and outhustled the talented John Carroll squad.

The Patriots (2-2) were never able to get their transition game going, as Western consistently beat them down court.

"We tried everything," said Shannon. "We were in man [-to-man defense], we were in zone, we trapped and tried different presses. Nothing seemed to work today."

Western scored the first seven points of the game and took a 13-7 lead after the first quarter.

The Doves increased their advantage to 22-9 on Delena Deshields' layup on a fast break with 6: 04 remaining in the second quarter.

John Carroll managed to pull within 24-18 on Stephanie Talbert's basket with 3: 39 left in the first half, but that was as close as it got.

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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