A high to Goucher's down men's basketball season: Letsebe

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Salisbury women return to NCAA Div. III tourney

March 01, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

This was a forgettable season in many ways for the Goucher College men's basketball team.

The Gophers lost three of their last four games, finished with a 13-13 record, and were beaten all three times by defending Division III national champion Catholic University.

However, 6-foot-6 junior forward Thabo Letsebe pulled off a rare feat for Goucher. He led the team in steals (42) and he blocked a school single-season-record 30 shots.

This all prompted Goucher coach Leonard Trevino to say, "I haven't coached anybody who works harder than Thabo at becoming a better player. From the first day he arrived at Goucher, Thabo has worked extremely hard to improve his defensive skills and he has developed into a good defensive player."

Letsebe's offense and rebounding aren't bad, either.

He was third on the team in scoring (10.3 points a game) and second in rebounding (5.4). The 195-pound forward finished 11-for-22 from three-point range after getting off to a 9-for-11 start from beyond the arc.

Salisbury begins run

The Salisbury University women's basketball team begins play in its third straight NCAA Division III tournament at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

The Sea Gulls (23-4) will meet Kean (N.J.) University in a second-round game at Salisbury. The Sea Gulls received a first-round bye while Kean advanced to the second round with a 85-82 victory over Salve Regina.

Salisbury earned the NCAA bid with its third straight Capital Athletic Conference championship. The Sea Gulls are 2-4 in four previous NCAA Division III appearances.

Coppin's Peters performs

Coppin State's Nickie Peters was chosen the Most Outstanding Performer in last weekend's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships.

Peters captured the 800-meter and mile events in record times, and he anchored the winning distance medley relay team. Coppin finished fourth in the team standings.

Other top Coppin men's finishers were Rashaad Jordan (second in the 5,000) and Beryl Harris (third in the mile and fifth in 800).

In the women's MEAC indoors championships, CeCe Davis of Coppin took second in the 400.

Tigers in the classroom

Two Towson University athletes - Lisa Chapman (volleyball) and Jenelle Bosler (field hockey) - achieved 4.0 grade-point averages in the fall semester.

They topped a list of 49 Towson athletes who made the America East academic honor roll (3.0 or better). The Tigers had more academic honor roll students than any school in the league in volleyball (16) and field hockey (11).

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