W. Maryland women pass test and Hopkins

Green Terror runs record to 14-1 with 63-50 win

January 27, 1999|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

During the 13-1 start by the Western Maryland women's basketball team, observers pointed toward last night as the time to determine whether the sparkling record was the product of genuine talent or of a featherweight schedule.

The lie detector was Johns Hopkins, four-time defending champion in the Centennial Conference's Western Division, Division III quarterfinalist the past two years and the third-ranked team in the Mideast region. But against their toughest test of the season, the Green Terror proved to be the truth, beating the Blue Jays, 63-50, in front of 574 at the Gill Center in Westminster.

"The last couple of years, we've been overlooked and this validates us more," Western Maryland coach Becky Martin said. "Now, it will be a little more difficult to overlook us."

Western Maryland (14-1, 9-0 Centennial Conference) tamed Hopkins (14-4, 7-1) by setting the tone on defense, which held the Blue Jays to 26 percent of their shots from the field. Louise Ritter, who came into the game averaging 18.8 points per game, was held to three points on 1-for-15 shooting.

Meanwhile, the inside trio of Kathi Snyder, Jill Ibex and Michele Jarman combined for 42 points and 29 rebounds as the Green Terror handed Hopkins only its second loss in the last 40 regular-season league games, the last one coming at Western Maryland last season.

"We gave up too many points in the paint," Johns Hopkins coach Nancy Blank said. "When you give that up, you have to work twice as hard on the other end."

Western Maryland took control halfway through the second half. Patty Russo, who finished with 12 points and was partly responsible for defending Ritter, hit a pair of free throws with 13: 49 left to give the Green Terror its first double-digit lead of the game at 36-25. Jarman, who finished with 10 points and eight rebounds, put Western Maryland up 44-29 with 9: 35 remaining.

"Both teams were playing on eggshells in the first half," Martin said. "That's one of the things we notice and felt that if we came out aggressively, we would be fine."

Ibex and Snyder led the Green Terror with 16 points apiece.

JOHNS HOPKINS -- Deaderick 2-6 0-0 4, Hamilton 1-4 0-0 2, Segers 5-10 0-1 10, Fitzgerald 8-14 1-2 21, Ritter 1-15 1-2 3, Vaccaro 1-7 2-2 5, Malloy 1-11 2-2 4, Sumser 0-2 0-0 0, Perry 0-2 1-4 1, Kincaid 0-0 0-0 0, Butterwei 0-0 0-0 0, Edobar-Osula 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-71 7-13 50.

WESTERN MARYLAND -- Snyder 7-16 2-2 16, Ibex 7-14 2-5 16, Jarman 4-5 2-2 10, Miller 1-2 2-2 4, Russo 3-6 6-6 12, Tracey 1-4 0-0 3, Bray 0-0 0-0 0, Brian 0-0 0-0 0, Linch 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 24-49 14-17 63.

Halftime--Western Maryland, 28-22. 3-point goals--JHU 5-23 (Deaderick 0-2, Fitzgerald 4-10, Ritter 0-5, Vaccaro 1-4, Sumser 0-2); WMD 1-3 (Ibex 0-1, Tracey 1-2). Rebounds--JHU 39 (Segers 8); WMD (Ibex 11). Assists--JHU 9 (Ritter 5); WMD 13 (Ibex 4). Fouled out--Segers. Total fouls--JHU 14, WMD 10. A--574.

Pub Date: 1/27/99

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