Lipton, Hokies point guard, keeps close ties to Terrapins

Mt. St. Joe alum Chambers posts a 20-tackle game



November 22, 2001|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Emily Lipton's mind is on her starting point guard role as a junior for the 2-0 Virginia Tech women's basketball team.

But a lot of her heart is still in College Park, where her brother, Erik, once was a redshirt quarterback for Maryland, and her close friend, Terri Daniels, is one of the first players off the bench for the Terps women's basketball team.

"I just found out that we're playing at Maryland next season in December," Lipton said. "It's going to be great playing against Terri in her senior year at the new Comcast Center."

Lipton, 5 feet 7, has averaged 7.5 points and six assists in two games, and she played a major role in the team's 68-62 upset of 17th-ranked Old Dominion on Monday. The former All-Metro Player of the Year from St. Mary's in Annapolis had five points, five assists and two steals in 38 minutes in the win.

Lipton still loves to shoot but has adapted to her foremost responsibility at the college level.

"It's understood that my job is to distribute the ball as a point guard at this level," Lipton said. "My coach [Bonnie Henrickson] hasn't needed to tell me that. But I still look for my shot."

Lipton started 15 games as a sophomore and 14 as a freshman. She was out four weeks her freshman year because of a stress fracture but enjoyed an injury-free sophomore year.

"I need to work on my three-point shot and my defense," she said. "It's so exciting just to be playing at this level, and then I was really excited when we beat Old Dominion."

Lipton said the Hokies have almost all their perimeter players back from last season's 22-9 team, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Texas Tech, 73-52.

"We lost some super inside players from last year, but I hope we can make it back to the NCAA tournament this year," she said.

Et cetera

Senior linebacker Reggie Chambers (Mount St. Joseph) had 20 tackles for the Robert Morris football team in a season-ending 42-31 victory over Albany, establishing a school single-game record for tackles. Chambers set a single-season record for tackles with 108. Robert Morris finished second in the Northeast Conference with a 6-1 record and was 6-3 overall.

Brandon Lauer, a two-time All-Metro Wrestler of the Year at River Hill and now a redshirt freshman at West Virginia, defeated Purdue's Rene Hernandez, 8-4, in the final of the 133-pound division of the Navy Classic in Annapolis on Saturday.

Former Severna Park field hockey standout Christine Ballance, now a Mary Washington College senior, was named to the STX/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III All-America third team this season. Ballance was a back on the 15-5 team.

Freshman outside hitter Kellie Wasserman (Owings Mills) played in 25 games for Robert Morris' 30-6 volleyball team this season. She had 46 kills, 40 digs, nine assists and five service aces for the Colonials, who won their third straight Northeast Conference title. The 30-6 mark was a school record for wins.

Maria Smear (St. Mary's) is a junior shooting guard on the Yale women's basketball team, but she will miss at least the first four weeks of the season because of a leg stress fracture. Smear, 5-11, averaged 11.3 points and 2.7 rebounds her freshman season and came back last year to average 11.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. Yale opened its season Sunday with an 81-67 loss to Quinnipiac.

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