Piccolomini hopes to take McDaniel back to NCAA tournament

State basketball notebook


February 06, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

It's tough to put a basketball label on McDaniel College senior forward Jen Piccolomini.

She has been right in the middle of everything the Green Terror women (14-4) have accomplished this season, and she played a major role in last year's march to the first NCAA Division III women's tournament in the school's history.

However, Piccolomini doesn't lead the team in any major statistical category except for three-point shots made (15) and it took her a team-high 63 attempts to reach 15 (23.8 percent) from beyond the arc.

"I like being in control on the court," said Piccolomini after Tuesday night's 66-60 overtime victory over Franklin & Marshall. "I want to know where everybody is going to be out there. I've always been that way since I started playing in high school."

Although she loves to shoot three-pointers, Piccolomini still likes the inside game.

"I enjoy playing the post," she said. "I like the physical part of [the] game."

Piccolomini is averaging 4.2 rebounds and is second on the team in scoring at 10.6 points a game.

Piccolomini reached 1,000 points for her career last season and has added 190 this season.

McDaniel coach Becky Martin likes having Piccolomini on the court as much as possible for her take-charge attitude.

"I could see myself being a coach some day," said Piccolomini who said her biggest thrill at McDaniel was last year's trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. "We want to go back. This year's team has developed its own identity although we had four starters back. Especially now that one of those starters [senior forward Stephanie McPherson] is out with a knee injury."

Bizarre indeed

Last Thursday night at Washington College, the Shoremen scored a 125-124 double overtime victory over Wesley College in a game that appeared to end with Washington College holding a 124-122 lead and going to the free-throw line for one shot with no time remaining.

The clock read 0:00.00 after Washington's David Horvath dropped in a layup off a steal and was fouled. But the buzzer never sounded before the clock stopped and the game was not officially over.

Thinking the game was over, the Shoremen players rushed the court and the team was charged with a bench technical.

Wesley's Gary Payne made both technical free throws to tie the score at 124-124, but Horvath then completed his dramatic three-point play to end it officially.

Bowie State falls

The Bowie State basketball team had risen to No. 9 in Division II with a 15-game winning streak before losing Tuesday night at Bowie.

Despite 22 points from a foul-plagued Tim Washington and 17 points, nine rebounds and four blocks from Jon Smith, the Bulldogs were beaten, 99-96, in overtime by Virginia Union.

Allegany streak ends

National Junior College basketball power Allegany College of Maryland, had its 34-game, home-court winning streak end on Saturday night by Cecil Community College, which stunned the Trojans, 66-62.

The loss also halted Allegany's string of 32 consecutive Maryland JUCO Conference victories as well as the team's 18-game winning streak.

Allegany, now 19-2, is ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA Division I.

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