It's been a long struggle for Chapman, Towson



January 16, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Mia Chapman deserved better.

She came to Towson University nearly four years ago as one of the most celebrated girls high school basketball players to come out of Prince George's County and the Washington area.

Little did she know that she was walking into a women's program that was headed toward the bottom of the heap quickly, with the help of a move to the strong Colonial Athletic Association last season.

The Tigers (1-11, 0-3 in league) have not won a CAA game in nearly two seasons. A coaching change from Ellen Fitzkee to Joe Mathews last season didn't help.

Now, as Chapman heads into the homestretch of a four-year career during which the team has won just 15 games, there is nothing the 5-foot-5 point guard can do but ride out the storm and keep shooting her patented three-pointers.

Chapman's Elizabeth Seton High School team had a 25-3 record her senior year. "I don't think back to high school," Chapman said. "This is a much tougher situation here, and we're in a much tougher league than the America East."

Chapman is averaging a team-leading 13.2 points and a team-high 3.1 assists, and is just 63 points short of becoming the 11th player in school history to score 1,000 points. She is 10th on the school's all-time steals list with 160. She has played in all 96 Towson games since she arrived and has started 59 straight.

"I'm in the last two months of my career, and I'm going to give it my all," she said. "No one is giving up. Sure, the practices are tough to handle every day, but we have to keep pushing."

There have been some spectacular individual moments to ease the pain.

Such as two weeks ago, when Chapman scored a career-high 27 points (22 in the second half) to lead Towson to its only victory of the season, a 62-55 win over Mount St. Mary's.

More Alston

Bowie State's All-America defensive end, Charles Alston, gave NFL scouts one last show Saturday in the Division II Cactus Bowl in Kingsville, Texas.

Alston, a senior, had two sacks for losses of 10 yards among his three tackles, broke up a pass and nearly recovered a fumble as he and the East squad defeated the West, 19-7.

Campion at the top

Amy Campion became Salisbury's all-time women's basketball scoring leader in grand style Saturday, scoring 30 points in an 82-62 victory over host St. Mary's.

Campion entered the game needing 23 points for first place. Her 30 brought her career total to 1,547. The four-year starter appears headed to a second straight Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year award, leading the league in scoring (24.2 average), rebounding (10.6), assists (4.9) and steals (4.4).

Blaine comes through

When the Johns Hopkins men's basketball team upset No. 4 Catholic, 77-69, on Saturday, senior center Mike Blaine was the driving force with a big performance against the highest-ranked Division III team the Blue Jays have beaten.

Blaine scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half. He hit eight of nine shots from the field, had four rebounds, and blocked two shots. He earned Centennial Conference Co-Player of the Week honors.

Et cetera

Senior Kristen Presutti led Towson to a third-place finish Friday night in the Bahamas Breeze Invitational gymnastics meet, taking first in floor exercise (9.875), second in vault (9.85) and second in all-around (39.00).

The Tigers (190.225) finished behind No. 9 Louisiana State (194.600) and Maryland (190.450) in the season opener.

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