Women's Team Previews

State Divisions Ii & Iii

November 18, 2005|By BILL FREE

Division II

Bowie State

Affiliation -- Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Coach -- Doug Robertson, first season at Bowie

2004-05 record -- 16-12 (10-6 CIAA)

Outlook -- Big-time scorers Allyson Hardy and Rachill Robinson are gone after combining for 38.7 points a game their senior seasons. This leaves the Lady Bulldogs with no returning players who have averaged in double figures. It's not the ideal situation for Robertson to be making his coaching debut in, especially since there don't seem to be any impact players on the horizon.

Division III

Frostburg State

Affiliation -- Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

Coach -- Jody Pepple, fifth season at Frostburg (57-52)

2004-05 record -- 21-7 (16-2 AMCC)

Outlook -- If Pepple continues her current rate of success at Frostburg, the team would roll up 26 victories this season against only two losses, which would most likely take the Bobcats deep into the NCAA Division III tournament. Frostburg was bounced from the NCAAs in the first round by McDaniel last season. Two gifted junior guards, Tracie George and Krystin Hargrove, are expected to lead a Frostburg charge this season.

Goucher

Affiliation -- Capital Athletic Conference

Coach -- Didi Cotton, first season at Goucher

2004-05 record -- 2-21 (1-13 CAC)

Outlook -- Goucher nearly hit bottom last season, and now one of the school's all-time top players, Cotton, is being asked to bring the program back to respectability. Shadae Swan and Stacy Hollander are the top Gophers returning from last season, with Swan averaging 17.6 points over the final nine games of the season.

Hood

Affiliation -- Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference

Coach -- Tracey Kelley-Franklin, second season at Hood (17-7)

2004-05 record -- 17-7 (12-0 AWCC)

Outlook -- Rita Willis, a two-time AWCC Most Outstanding Player, is back for one more run with the Blazers, who were headed for their third trip in four years to the NCAA D-III tournament last season before getting upset in the league tournament semifinals. Hood has a 26-game regular-season AWCC winning streak.

Johns Hopkins

Affiliation -- Centennial Conference

Coach -- Nancy Funk, 20th season at Hopkins (339-148)

2004-05 record -- 21-5 (16-2 Centennial)

Outlook -- Funk could have one of her better teams this season in an outstanding reign that has included eight trips to the NCAA tournament. She has a nice blend of experience and youth, with two of her top three scorers and rebounders returning, plus the addition of a highly regarded class of six freshmen. Junior post player Julie Miller and senior Katie Kimball are the top scorers and rebounders returning. Versatile freshman Kristin Phillips should be an impact player in the post.

McDaniel

Affiliation -- Centennial Conference

Coach -- Becky Martin, 25th season at McDaniel (345-233)

2004-05 record -- 25-4 (16-2 Centennial)

Outlook -- Martin and the Green Terror are set to duel Nancy Funk and Johns Hopkins again in one of the top coaching rivalries in the state, with McDaniel holding a slight edge the past few years. The Terror advanced to the second round of the NCAA D-III tournament last season before losing to then-No. 1 Scranton, 72-69. McDaniel has the two top players from last season back, leading scorer Kristy Costa and premier passer Sara Franz, as it tries for a third straight Centennial title and the fourth in the past five years.

College of Notre Dame

Affiliation -- Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference

Coach -- Scot Reisinger, seventh season at CND (80-82)

2004-05 season -- 11-17 (6-6 AWCC)

Outlook -- The Gators have three starters back along with the addition of a strong group of transfers and freshmen, making this a deeper team than in the past. Senior guard Monica Cherry and junior forwards Casie Hall and Catherine Vecchioni are the proven players. The team's overall success will depend on the contributions of the new arrivals.

St. Mary's

Affiliation -- Capital Athletic Conference

Coach -- Nan Hambrose, sixth season at St. Mary's (45-78)

2004-05 record -- 14-11 (8-6 CAC)

Outlook -- This could be one of the up-and-coming women's basketball programs in the state, with 11 freshmen or sophomores on a team that finished fourth in the league last season. Sophomore guard Megan Uglik (11.7 scoring average) led the team in scoring in 2004-05.

Salisbury

Affiliation -- Capital Athletic Conference

Coach -- Bridget Benshetler, 16th season at Salisbury (243-155)

2004-05 record -- 15-13 (7-7 CAC)

Outlook -- This strong D-III program took a couple of steps backward in the two seasons before last year, but the Sea Gulls rallied to reach the CAC tournament final in 2004-05. Now there is talent, depth and youth all around as Salisbury seeks re-entry into the NCAA tournament. Three returning starters, seniors Christen Barney and Kiera Watkins and sophomore Kat Kordal, are the top offensive and defensive threats for the Sea Gulls.

Villa Julie

Affiliation -- North Eastern Athletic Conference

Coach -- Chris Ramer, 11th season at Villa Julie (43-205)

2004-05 record -- 13-14 (7-7 NEAC)

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