Towson women defeat Delaware State, 69-61
Host Towson (5-5) led for most of the game and didn't let Delaware State (2-8) get any closer than five in the closing six minutes of play to win, 69-61, Friday night. Tanisha McTiller and Michelle Peebles scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, for the Tigers. Towson trailed by five at the half before retaking the lead for good, 48-47, on a layup by McTiller with 12:26 left.
More women's games: Shanice Maynard scored a career-high 14 points and host Coppin State (4-7) ended a five-game losing streak with a 59-52 win over Robert Morris (0-10). Maynard went 5-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range in the Eagles first win since Nov. 24, a 80-61 decision over Longwood. ... Karona Roach scored a game-high 23 points to power host UMES (4-6) to a 51-45 win over UMBC (3-8). The Retrievers, led by Bria White with 15 points, missed a potential game-tying shot with 25 seconds left. ... Nine bench players supplied 77 points to power North Central (7-4) to a 104-90 victory against Goucher (4-6) at the Las Vegas Hoopla. Latifah Butler (Annapolis) had a game-high 26 points for the Gophers.
Men's game: Travon Vann scored a game-high 17 points, but visiting Salisbury (9-3) lost, 82-49, to William & Mary (7-3.) The Tribe opened with a 7-0 run and shot 55 percent from the field.
Men's honors: Coppin State junior forward Michael Murray was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week. ... Navy freshman point guard Tilman Dunbar was selected as the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second straight time.
Women's honors: Mount St. Mary's junior guard Sydney Henderson was chosen as the Northeast Conference Player of the Week. ... Salisbury sophomore point guard Anna Hackett was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Hermann nominee Mullins to remain with Maryland
Maryland forward Patrick Mullins, a first-team all-American and Hermann Trophy finalist, has decided to return for his senior season, Terps coach Sasho Cirovski said. Mullins was weighing a Generation Adidas contract offer from Major League Soccer to leave school early and enter the Jan. 17 draft. He would have been one of the top selections. As the league emphasizes homegrown players from teams' youth academies, GA packages are not as lucrative as they once were. Mullins, a Louisiana native, is a double major on course to graduate next December. He posted 17 goals and 10 assists in 24 matches this season in guiding the Terps to the NCAA College Cup semifinals. He is one of three candidates for the Hermann, which will be awarded to the country's best player Jan. 11.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
More men's soccer: Maryland (20-1-3) finished No. 3 and UMBC (11-4-7) was No. 28 in the final College Soccer News national poll. The ranking was the highest for the Retrievers since the website debuted in 2000.
Softball: Garrison Forest senior Mackenzie Wilson signed a national letter of intent on Dec. 10 to play at West Virginia University's Institute of Technology, the school announced Friday. Wilson is the first softball player to sign a national letter of intent in the sport's 37-year history at Garrison Forest, according to the school. In her first three years for the Grizzlies, Wilson has a 1.20 ERA and 483 strikeouts. She has a career batting average of .593 and 67 RBIs.
Men's lacrosse: Junior attackman Mikey Wynne, who transferred to St. Paul's from Glenelg over the summer after helping the Gladiators win a state championship, has committed orally to Cornell, according to Inside Lacrosse. Wynne also has played for Breakers Lacrosse and is a member of the Rock Elite 2014 teams. He also played on the Maryland team at the Brine National Classic. Wynne scored 84 points as a freshman and earned All-Howard County honors. Playing last spring alongside older brother Nick (a first-team All-Metro selection), Mikey Wynne had more than 93 points and again made first-team All-Howard as Glenelg finished as the state runner-up. Wynne, who has also played football, considered High Point, Loyola and Georgetown as well.
Women's lacrosse: Louisville junior defender Monica Negron (Patterson Mill) was named a captain for the second straight season.
Women's volleyball: Towson junior outside hitter Katy Buck (Mount de Sales) was named the Colonial Athletic Association Scholar Athlete for her sport. Buck, a biology major with a 3.99 GPA, served as one of the Tigers' co-captains while starting all 29 matches.
Orioles outright outfielder Pearce to Triple-A
The Orioles have outrighted outfielder Steve Pearce to Triple-A Norfolk, the team announced. Pearce spent two separate stints with the Orioles last season, hitting .254/.321/.437 in 28 games with the big league club. He also spent time with the Houston Astros and New York Yankees last season. The Orioles signed Pearce to a major league contract just before last month's deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. So the move could be an indicator that the Orioles need Pearce's 40-man roster spot to make a move.
—Eduardo A. Encina
Horse racing: Bold Affair is a 4-5 favorite to win the $125,000 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes for fillies and mares today at Laurel Park. Bold Affair has nine wins in 15 lifetimes starts, including the Conniver Handicap, Maryland Million Distaff Handicap and Geisha Stakes this year at Laurel. Abel Castellano Jr. has the mount on the chestnut daughter of Two Punch.
—From Sun staff and news services