Transfers lead Tigers' quick start

Guards O'Brien, Harris have Towson women 7-1

State notebook

Colleges

January 01, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The Kacy and Brandi Show is a hit. And it has Towson off to a 7-1 start.

The Tigers have awakened their women's basketball fans with an up-tempo game, and when coach Joe Mathews talks defense these days, people listen. It's all been possible, said Mathews, because "we have people who can put the ball in the basket."

Like sophomore shooting guard Kacy O'Brien, who scored 10 of her game-high 13 points in the final five minutes Tuesday night, enabling the Tigers to pull away from Norfolk State, 56-42.

With Towson clinging to a 43-40 lead, the 5-foot-11 O'Brien started a 13-2 stretch run with a jumper in the lane. The transfer from Virginia Tech leads Towson in scoring (14.1 points a game), rebounding (6.4 a game), steals (2.9 a game) and blocks (six total).

Brandi Harris, a 5-5 junior point guard, runs the new offense and leads the team in assists (5.1 per game) while averaging 5.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. She transferred from Villanova and has been reunited with O'Brien, with whom she played on a 12-and-under Amateur Athletic Union team in Pittsburgh that captured a national championship.

"We keep getting better," O'Brien said. "I think the other players on the team look to Brandi and I as leaders."

Harris is one of six players averaging close to six points or better for Towson, and that might help the Tigers forget about their combined record of 5-51 the past two seasons. Freshman forward Kelly Robinson is averaging 12.5 points, and she's followed by junior small forward Kelli Talbot (12.1), sophomore guard LaShay Rose (8.3), and sophomore forward Tina Hopkins (6.3).

Salute for Salisbury

Salisbury's Division III national championship field hockey team (20-1) was part of a one-hour television special Dec. 20 called "CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA."

Key moments of the Sea Gulls' 4-1 victory over Middlebury in the championship game were shown.

Donahue an All-American

Navy senior Joe Donahue (St. Mary's) has been named a third-team All-American by the American Water Polo Coaches Association.

Donahue scored a team-high 56 goals this season and had 20 assists and 37 steals. The two-time first-team All-East selection finished his career with 218 goals, 83 assists and 176 steals.

Et cetera

The McDaniel wrestling team finished eighth out of 13 teams at the Citrus Open in Orlando, Fla., this week. Green Terror heavyweight Drew Reinecker (9-1) reached the finals before falling, 5-2, to Rhode Island's Justin Deau.

Johns Hopkins is ranked sixth nationally in the Division III Collegiate Baseball preseason poll. The Blue Jays were 12 points behind No. 1 Eastern Connecticut State.

Johns Hopkins junior safety Matt Campbell has been named to the Associated Press Little America second team and the d3football.com All-America third team.

McDaniel junior midfielder Thomas Kane (Calvert Hall) has been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Mid-Atlantic Region second team. He had 19 goals and seven assists, led the team to a 15-8-1 record, and was Centennial Conference Player of the Year.

College of Notre Dame senior defender Julia Bachman has been named to the NSCAA/Adidas Scholar All-East Region third team. The team is comprised of players from all three NCAA divisions, and Bachman is the first Notre Dame player to earn the honor.

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