Div. III women's Final Four a trip Courter will remember

Loss aside, Mercy grad proud of Marymount in advancing farthest ever



March 21, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

"I think I'm still overwhelmed by it all," Ashlee Courter said this week in describing Marymount University's first trip in school history to the NCAA Division III women's Final Four.

"From the moment we boarded the plane [at Reagan National] and the pilot announced we were on the flight, it was a special trip," said Courter, whose basketball career has flourished at the Arlington, Va., school after attending Mercy High.

"People were asking us for our autographs," said the junior forward. "It was a great time. The school gave us a big send-off that day. The school president and our dean of students came to the tournament along with a busload of fans."

That was the glamorous part.

The games?

Marymount was overwhelmed, 80-57, in the semifinals by eventual national champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Friday night in Terre Haute, Ind.

Then the Saints lost a tough scrap with DePauw, 65-58, in the third-place game.

"Wisconsin-Stevens Point was so big, and then we found out they were also very quick," said Courter. "We were nervous in that first game and scared. They held our All-American [Candice Brown to two points, a career low]."

When Marymount coach Bill Finney was asked after the consolation loss if his players might be disappointed by ending the season with two losses, he said, "How can getting to the Final Four be a bad memory?"

Courter scored nine points in the semifinal and was limited to nine points in the consolation. Marymount finished the season 24-8.

Courter ended the season with an 11.3 average, 6.4 rebounds, and team-highs of 106 assists and 47 three-pointers. She had scored 21 points in two games two weekends ago, as the Saints marched to the Final Four with victories over Salisbury University and King's College, Pa.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point won the Division III national championship with a 67-65 victory over St. Lawrence.

Et cetera

Sophomore midfielder Lee Wheeler (Bryn Mawr) is the second leading scorer on the Washington & Lee women's lacrosse team (3-2). Wheeler has 12 goals and four assists for 16 points. Courtenay Fisher (Garrison Forest) and Kristen Brown (Catonsville) each have three goals for the Generals, and Annie Rochfort (Notre Dame Prep) has two assists. Sara Jurkowsky (Annapolis) has recorded 12 ground balls. Sarah Janowitz (C. Milton Wright) and Daley Formby (Notre Dame Prep) are defenders for W & L.

Senior midfielder John Moore (John Carroll) is tied for third in scoring on the Washington & Lee men"s lacrosse squad (3-2) with five goals and five assists. Sophomore midfielder Mike McNamara (Loyola) has four goals and one assist.

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