Pyzik's return from torn ACL sparks Mercy

Point guard plays key role in team's ascension in poll

January 18, 2000|By Katherine Dunn

Abby Pyzik's return has given Mercy's basketball team a significant boost. The senior guard, who came back after Christmas from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, scored a season-high 12 points Sunday to help the Magic upset then-No. 7 Spalding, 61-44.

She also had eight points, including a critical four-point play, in Friday night's 38-36 upset of then-No. 11 Roland Park. As a result, the Magic leaped from No. 16 in last week's poll to No. 12 today. The team also improved to 9-5 overall and 5-3 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

Pyzik played about three quarters of Sunday's game -- the most time she has seen since her return. She hit three three-pointers and contributed seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

"Having her back really helps us out," said Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion, whose other veteran guard, Kaitie Schuyler, has a bruised shoulder. "It was perfect timing, her coming back, because we need that senior leadership at the point guard position."

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