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College Basketball 2003 : Division Ii & Iii

Sunset Season

November 21, 2003|By Bill Free

Division II

Bowie State

Affiliation: Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Coach: Russell Davis, fourth season at Bowie State (34-48)

2002-03 record: 12-16 (7-9 in CIAA)

Top players: Allyson Hardy, 5-6, Jr., G (20.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg); LeAnn Anderson, 5-10, Sr., F (5.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg); Shari Burgess, 5-8, So., G (7.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg); Kenyail Johnson, 5-5, So., G (7.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg); Rachill Robinson, 6-0, Jr., C (7.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg)

Outlook: There was already a lot of excitement surrounding Bowie State this season with the return of five talented starts, led by Hardy along with Robinson, Burgess, Anderson and Johnson. Then the Bulldogs prospered in the offseason with the addition of 5-10 junior F transfer LaToya Rawls from Norfolk State. Rawls joins Hardy and Robinson as the team's three top candidates for postseason honors. Senior center Leketia Berry is another key returner who brings 8.8 points and 7.6 rebounds off the bench.

Division III

Frostburg State

Affiliation: Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

Coach: Jody Pepple, third season at Frostburg (20-33)

2002-03 record: 12-15 (5-7 AMCC)

Top players: Tracey Little, 6-0, Jr., F/C (16.9 ppg, 10.0 rpg); Kelly True, 5-11, So., F/C (5.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg); Ashley Mello, 6-2, So., F/C (4.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg)

Outlook: Kim Faust's celebrated career at Frostburg has ended. Little, however, is back, and all she did last season was become the AMCC Player of the Year. Little is a preseason All-America honorable mention by Women's DIII News. Four starters are gone from last season's team that started 5-1 and lost eight games by 10 points or fewer.

Goucher

Affiliation: Capital Athletic Conference

Coach: Charleata Neal, sixth season at Goucher (32-86)

2002-03 record: 7-17 (2-12 CAC)

Top players: Kate Guggino, 5-11, Sr., F/C (17.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg); Stephanie Tolbert, 5-5, Sr., G (15.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg); Stacy Hollander, 5-0, So., G (10.0, 3.0 rpg)

Outlook: Guggino and Tolbert had to carry the scoring load for the Gophers most of last season, after diminutive Hollander went down with a knee ligament tear just six games into the season. Hollander has returned and is ready to play.

Hood

Affiliation: Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference

Coach: Rod Liller, fifth season at Hood (58-54)

2002-03 record: 15-12 (8-4 AWCC)

Top players: Melissa Kolb, 5-10, Sr., G/F (14.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg); Mandy Fischer, 5-8, Sr., G (12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg); Danielle Allen, 6-0, Jr., F (12.5 ppg, 11.8 rpg); Crystal Griner, 5-9, So., G/F (10.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg); Katie Brennan, 6-2, Sr., C (11.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg)

Outlook: Four high-scoring returning starters and Brennan, a talented senior center transfer from Bridgewater, are enough to give the Blazers this season high hopes of advancing past the first round of the NCAA tournament after two straight eliminations in the first round. Kathryn Linehan, a prototype point guard transfer from Maryland, is also creating a stir for the Blazers.

Johns Hopkins

Affiliation: Centennial Conference

Coach: Nancy Funk, 18th season at Hopkins (279-165)

2002-03 record: 22-6 (13-1 Centennial)

Top players: Ashanna Randall, 5-10, Jr., F (11.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg); Maureen Myers, 5-7, Sr., G (8.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg); Trista Snyder, 5-10, Sr., G/F (5.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg); Ashley Felix, 5-7, Jr., G (7.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg)

Outlook: Randall replaces the acclaimed Kathy Darling in the post for a Blue Jays team that advanced last season to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Hopkins is poised to make another run at the NCAAs this season behind the coaching of veteran Funk, and the outstanding play of Felix at point guard and co-captains Myers and Snyder on the wings.

McDaniel

Affiliation: Centennial Conference

Coach: Becky Martin, 24th season at McDaniel (295-225)

2002-03 record: 20-9 (8-6 Centennial)

Top players: Toby McIntire, 5-7, Sr., G (6.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg); Kelly Cramp, 5-8, Jr., G (11.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg); Jacqueline Pundt, 6-0, Jr., F (6.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg); Kristy Costa, 5-10, So., F

Outlook: McIntire is back for one more run in the backcourt, where she handed out 85 assists last season and directed traffic. Pundt can be a dominate player inside with her shot-blocking (40 blocks). Look for the Green Terror and rival Johns Hopkins to again fight for the Centennial Conference title and a trip to the NCAA tournament.

College of Notre Dame

Affiliation: Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference

Coach: Scot Reisinger, fifth season at CND (55-51)

2002-03 record: 17-10 (11-1 AWCC)

Top players: Kathleen Burley, 5-7, Jr., G (11.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg); Monica Cherry, 5-7, So., G (10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg); Julia Bachman, 5-10, Sr., F (7.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg)

Outlook: Burley and Cherry were the key scorers last season, and Bachman returns to the post. But they won't have the NCAA Division III all-time steals leader, two-time regional All-American Amanda Poppleton, around to light up the scoreboard to the tune of 14.7 ppg.

St. Mary's

Affiliation: Capital Athletic Conference

Coach: Nan Hambrose, fourth season at St. Mary's (25-48)

2002-03 record: 13-12 (7-7 in CAC)

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