This season, Allen isn't missing out

Coppin's games rarely conflict with her Sabbath

Notebook

January 30, 1999|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Last season, Trisha Allen had to wait a day until discovering the outcomes of her Saturday games. This year, she's creating the news more often than not, averaging 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Coppin State women's basketball team (8-10, 6-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

Allen, a Seventh-day Adventist and senior forward, isn't able to play on Friday nights or Saturday afternoons, when she observes the Sabbath. Last season, Coppin scheduled most of its home games for the middle of the afternoon, and Allen transferred from the University of District Columbia too late for anyone to change that.

"At the end of last season, I was praying, asking the Lord, please," she said, "because it's hard waiting to see if we won or not."

Allen's prayers were answered during the summer, when she found out that the MEAC schools would allow Coppin's games to be played after dusk on Saturdays.

This season, all of Coppin's Saturday home games are scheduled for 5: 30 p.m., and Allen has missed only two games and parts of two others. Against Bethune-Cookman on Jan. 9, she spent the first half of the game on the bus as the Eagles went down 34-21.

Then she scored 11 second-half points in 18 minutes to help her team outscore the Pirates, 43-19, on the way to a 64-53 victory.

Mitchell challenges alumni

Former Morgan State football coach Stump Mitchell, who resigned this week to take an assistant coaching position with the Seattle Seahawks, issued a challenge to alumni.

Mitchell said that he hoped that with his departure, people who had been withholding financial support from the MSU athletic program would begin giving again.

In particular, he cited the need for greater health benefits for employees in the athletic department. Right now, about a third of the department employees receive benefits, and Mitchell said he'd be willing to do his part to see that situation change.

"I'd like to see those people match a $2,500 offer or a $5,000 offer in giving money to the athletic program so everyone here can have benefits," Mitchell said. "Me and Coach Bullock [assistant head coach Darryl Bullock] have benefits, but in terms of everyone who are important to success, a lot of people are not covered. Every day they come to work is a risk."

Until Mitchell's replacement is hired, Bullock will oversee operations in the football program.

Terps baseball begins

The Maryland baseball team, trying to rebound from a 26-30-1 record in 1998, began its season yesterday with a 10-9 loss to Oklahoma.

The season opener, at the ACC-Disney Blast in Orlando, Fla., comes more than a month before Maryland's first home game against Virginia Commonwealth on March 12. The team features three Baltimore-area players, co-captain and starting pitcher Mike Wooden (North County), relief pitcher Mike Ginsberg (McDonogh), and shortstop Casey Trout (Arundel).

The Terrapins play Jacksonville tonight at 7 and Auburn tomorrow at 3.

Miscellaneous

The Goucher women's basketball team, which had lost 32 straight conference games, has received a minor boost from College of Charleston transfer Jessica Young. While the Gophers are 4-13 after a 65-53 win over Gettysburg, the sophomore guard has averaged 13.4 points and hit 21 of 45 three-pointers in seven games. Frostburg State's Shannon Rexrode, who returned last Saturday against Pitt-Bradford after sitting out two games with an ankle injury, has made her last 22 free throws. Frostburg State safety P.J. Yates and offensive tackle Matt Luik will appear in the All-American Bowl football game at 2: 35 p.m. today in Miami, playing for the East team. The men's lacrosse teams at Johns Hopkins and Loyola are Nos. 2 and 3 in preseason rankings from Face Off magazine, which tabbed Princeton as its top team.

Pub Date: 1/30/99

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