Digest: Iowa beats UVa., earns NIT berth vs. Terps

Terps coach Frese, forward Thomas receive honors

March 28, 2013|Sports Digest

Men's college basketball

Iowa beats UVa., earns NIT berth vs. Terps

Roy Devyn Marble scored 24 points as Iowa ended Virginia's 19-game home winning streak in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament, 75-64, on Wednesday night. Adam Woodbury and Zach McCabe each added 10 points for the Hawkeyes (24-12), who improved to 3-8 on the road and will play Maryland on Tuesday in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York. Freshman Justin Anderson set career highs with five 3-pointers and 24points to pace the Cavaliers (23-12), who fell to 20-2 at John Paul Jones Arena. Mike Tobey had 15 points and three blocks for Virginia.

Honor: Towson junior forward Jerrelle Benimon and Stony Brook senior forward Tommy Brenton (River Hill) were named to the 25-man Lou Henson All-America Team, which recognizes the top mid-major players in the country. Benimon, a 6-foot-5 forward, is also a finalist for the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year Award. He averaged 17.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.

Women's college basketball

Terps coach Frese, forward Thomas receive honors

Maryland coach Brenda Frese was named Women's Basketball Coaches Association Region 2 Coach of the Year and junior forward Alyssa Thomas was named a finalist for the State Farm Wade Trophy. Frese is one of eight regional Coaches of the Year and is a finalist for WBCA National Coach of the Year. She has led an injury-riddled team to its 10th Sweet 16, a 26-7 overall record and a top 10 ranking. Thomas is averaging 19.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists; she's the only player in the country to rank in the top 50 of all three stats. The fourth-seeded Terps (26-7) will face top-seeded Connecticut (31-4) in the Bridgeport (Conn.) Regional semifinals Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Webster Bank Arena. The game will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.

Division III: Megan Duran has resigned after five seasons as coach at Washington College. Her teams were 59-66.

More colleges

Hopkins begins campaign for baseball stadium

Johns Hopkins announced the launch of a $4.2million capital campaign to support a major face-lift to the baseball stadium. The facility at University Parkway and North Charles Street is expected to receive an all-weather playing surface, new home and visitor dugouts, and the construction of a grandstand behind home plate with a modern press box. The project also would include a plaza area with restrooms, concessions and storage areas and additional updates to other current structures (bullpen areas and batting cages). Construction and renovations are scheduled to begin late this summer, and the facility is scheduled for completion before the start of the 2014 season.

Football: Towson will hold Tuesday and Thursday practice sessions at 5:30 a.m. for the next five weeks and will practice on Saturdays at various times. The spring season will conclude with Tiger Bowl III on April 27.

Softball: Washington College, off to its best start at 12-3, received votes for the first time in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Top 25. The Shorewomen received two vote points. Salisbury (16-2) is tied for ninth.

Et cetera

Rabil called 'first million-dollar man' in lacrosse

The agent for Paul Rabil said the former Johns Hopkins lacrosse All-American will make "a couple of million dollars" through endorsement contracts over the next few years, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, calling Rabil "the sport's first million-dollar man." Rabil, who now stars for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse and the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League, has deals with Warrior, Red Bull, Nooka watches, Polk Audio, EFX performance bracelets and Snap Fitness Inc. "The biggest thing has been social media," Rabil said of his marketing success; he has more than 63,000 "likes" on his Facebook page, and more than 34,000 users follow him on Twitter. The article included a photo of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (Annapolis) wearing a shirt from the Rabil collection. "Marketing isn't my thing, but I have no problem aligning myself with Paul Rabil on anything," Belichick, who played lacrosse at Wesleyan and whose daughter, Amanda, is an assistant for the Ohio State women's team, told Bloomberg.

Women's lacrosse: The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced its 20-player roster for the Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup, which will be held July 11-20 at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Centre near Toronto. Players with local ties are forward Jenna Block (McDonogh); midfielders Kim Dubansky (McDonogh, Johns Hopkins), Talia Hillman (Maryland) and Sarah Meisenberg (Severn); and defender Davia Procida (Wilde Lake, Frostburg State). The team is coached by Lauren Paul Norris (McDonogh). In conjunction with the Israel Lacrosse Tzedakah Program, each player will compete in honor of a charity of her choosing. A portion of the national team's general fundraising efforts has been committed to each charity.

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