Mercy graduate Courter is more than passing fancy

Marymount assist leader 3rd scorer, 2nd rebounder



January 02, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

In Arlington, Va., Ashlee Courter puts on basketball passing shows every time she steps on the court.

The difference between Marymount University's Courter and most players is that the former Mercy standout does her passing wizardry from the power forward position.

That's right. The 5-foot-10 junior leads one of the top Division III women's program's in the nation (Sweet 16 last season) in assists with 3.7 a game.

What makes Courter's feat even more unusual is that she is third on the team in scoring (10.6 points) and is second in rebounding (7.2). She also leads the team in minutes (34.9) and has chipped in 12 steals and 10 three-pointers this season for 8-4 Marymount.

"I've always loved the entry pass," Courter said. "It's just been a big part of my game. I see the whole court out there. I guess it's a knack that comes naturally for me no matter where I'm playing."

Her stats this season took a big hit Sunday afternoon when Baldwin-Wallace shut her down with a collapsing zone defense. Courter went 0-for-11 from the field and had no free throws in a 61-36 loss in the championship game of the Marymount Tournament. Courter was limited to three assists and one steal in a physical game.

"There were two and three players on me every time I got the ball," Courter said. "We're just not used to seeing such physical defenses. Coach [Bill] Finney said that's the way they play out there [Ohio]. Oh, well, I plan on coming back strong."

Courter said she has the best of both worlds at Marymount. "I talk to my friends at Division I schools and all they do is play basketball," she said. "Here, we have a competitive program and I have time for other things."

Lighter Faust still wins

Mike Faust (Gilman) was solid last season for the Penn wrestling team, winning 13 bouts as the starting heavyweight. But he is off to an even better start this year, as he has slimmed down 35 pounds to wrestle at 197.

The results?

Faust, a sophomore, has compiled a 10-3 record for the always-strong Quakers.

Et cetera

Luke Palumbo (Annapolis Christian) finished third for Gettysburg College in the 125-pound weight class in the Petrofes Invitational with a 4-1 record. Palumbo is one of three Baltimore-area freshmen expected to make significant contributions this season to the Gettysburg wrestling team.

The others are Justin Sipes (Archbishop Curley) and Daniel Natterman (Loyola).

Craig King (Cardinal Gibbons) gained a starting shortstop position this fall as a freshman on the St. Bonaventure baseball team. Another freshman baseball player from Gibbons, Matt Foster, earned a utility infielder/catcher position at St. Rose College of New York.

Lindsay Lawson (Dulaney) has been chosen to the Big South Conference All-Rookie volleyball team. Lawson is a freshman at Elon.

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