McDaniel women seek Martin's 300th basketball win tonight

State notebook


December 04, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Becky Martin has left Westminster many times over the past 24 years to travel outside her basketball coaching world at Western Maryland/McDaniel College.

But she always has returned to coach the Green Terror women in the same town where she grew up, was a multi-sport standout at Westminster High, and became one of the most prolific women's basketball scorers in the college's history.

At 7 tonight, Martin goes for another milestone, her 300th coaching victory at the school on the hill in Westminster.

The journey to No. 300 began when Martin, now 45, was just 22 years old, one year after she set school single-season (23.0-point average) and career (19.1-point average) scoring records that still stand.

Tonight's showdown will be between Martin's Green Terror (4-0) and always-tough Lebanon Valley (4-0).

Lebanon Valley has two starters and a top reserve from Baltimore County: junior Tamika Rogers (Milford Academy), averaging 11.8 points and 7.0 rebounds; junior Crystal Gibson (Randallstown), averaging 6.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds; and freshman Monica Johnson (Randallstown), averaging 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 10 minutes a game.

Victory No. 299 for Martin came Tuesday as Kristy Costa (15 points), Katy Powell (11 points, six assists) and Sara Franz (eight assists) led the Green Terror to an 81-61 victory over visiting Washington College.

"This was one of the last places I thought I'd be 25 years after I graduated from college," Martin said. "But it has been a great fit - too sweet and too perfect for me to want to go anywhere else."

Martin never had vagabond coaching shoes, anyway.

"I can relate more to coaching at this [Division III] level," she said. "I never had any desire to coach Division I. The X's and O's are the same, but everything else is so different, like high-pressured recruiting and winning at all costs."

Also, she said, "I don't have to worry about someone walking into my office some day and saying, `If you don't start winning in three years, look for another job.'"

Giant killers

Johns Hopkins junior forward Ashanna Randall and senior guard Maureen Myers will be remembered for their dramatic performances on the basketball court last Sunday in St. Louis.

The No. 25 Blue Jays shocked the nation's top-ranked Division III women's basketball team, Washington University, 77-72, giving the school its first victory over an opponent ranked No. 1 in the nation in any sport except men's lacrosse.

Randall had career highs in points (22) and rebounds (13), and Myers scored six points in 40 seconds to put Hopkins up, 75-71, with 22 seconds left.

Washington had defeated Hopkins six straight times.

McCord resigns

Mindy McCord has resigned as McDaniel College field hockey and women's lacrosse coach, citing a desire to be closer to her husband, Paul, an assistant coach with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

McCord built the Green Terror field hockey program into a Division III power in five seasons, compiling a 61-36 record (.629 winning percentage), the top record and winning percentage of any coach in the program's 68-year history. Her 2002 team won the Centennial Conference title and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Et cetera

College of Notre Dame senior Corrinne Greenwood has been chosen the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference co-Most Outstanding Field Hockey Player. Greenwood shared the honor with Wilson College's Erin Elliot. Greenwood was joined on the All-AWCC first team by teammates Mandy Bathras and Natalie Beck.

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