Around the perimeter
* SENIOR STYLE -- Last season was a history-making one for Rosemary Kosiorek, as the West Virginia guard became the first player ever to lead the Atlantic 10 Conference in both scoring (20.2 points per game) and assists (6.2). An Academic All-American who starred in three sports at Mercy High, where she was The Evening Sun Female Athlete of the Year in 1987-88, Kosiorek is making last season look like a slump.
Kosiorek again leads the A-10 in scoring, with a 25.1 average that puts her among the national leaders. She's also in the running for conference honors in assists (6.1); steals (3.2); field-goal percentage (.594); three-point percentage (.460); and
free-throw percentage (.822). The 5-foot-5 point guard, who has twice had a career-high 37 points, also is bringing down 4.2 rebounds a game.
"We're pressing more, and that's leading to some easy baskets," said Kosiorek, downplaying her lofty field-goal percentage. "Plus, outside shot is going down better."
After one month at West Virginia, Kosiorek was a starter, and she's racked up some hefty career numbers: 1,708 points, 613 assists and 247 steals. She already holds the career assist record, and could get the scoring record if the Mountaineers do well in the postseason. They've won 10 straight since losing at Western Kentucky, and the only other defeat came at Virginia. West Virginia is 5-0 and in first place in the A-10.
Kosiorek, meanwhile, wants to keep playing after the NCAA tournament. After two seasons as an A-10 first-team all-star and a junior year in which she received All-American honorable mention, Kosiorek has been invited to the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be held May 28-31 in Colorado Springs.
* BRIGHT RED FLASH -- They're running and gunning at Cornell under first-year coach Jan van Breda Kolff, and the up-tempo style suits Zeke Marshall just fine.
A 6-4 sophomore forward out of St. Paul's School, Marshall has started all 13 games for the Red Flash. Cornell is 2-11 overall and 0-2 in the Ivy League, but Marshall has been a plus: He's averaging 9.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. His field-goal percentage, .516, stands out on a squad that is shooting only .404.
Marshall started the last six games of 1990-91, when he averaged 4.1 points.
* INJURED RESERVE -- Towson State's Devin Boyd isn't the only first-team All-Metro from 1987-88 who's redshirting this season. Former Southwestern High star Antoine Jones fractured a bone in his left foot during a pickup game in September, and won't play for Pitt this season.
A 6-7 forward, Jones spent two seasons at Allegany Community College. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds for Pitt last season, when he started seven games.
Players of the Week
* Atlantic 10 -- Bernard Blunt, St. Joseph's, 6-3, so. guard: Averaged 25.7 points in 1-2 week. James Hargrove, Duquesne, 6-3 sr. guard: Averaged 27 points in 1-2 week.
* Big East -- Alonzo Mourning, Georgetown, 6-10 sr. center: 12th and 13th double-doubles in wins over Pitt and Miami. Terry Dehere, Seton Hall, 6-4 jr. guard: 51 points in victories over ranked teams.
TC * East Coast -- Skip Saunders, UMBC, 6-0 so. guard: Averaged 21.5 points on 63.6 percent shooting from three-point range in two ECC wins.
* Eastern States -- Dameon Ross, Salisbury State, 6-3 so. guard: 82 points in 3-0 week.
* Eastern States Women's -- Jennifer Boone, Salisbury State, 5-7 jr. guard: Averaged 28.7 points in 2-1 week.
* Metro Atlantic Women's Rookie -- Patty Stoffey, Loyola, 5-10 fr. forward: 53 points and 11 rebounds in two losses.
* Middle Atlantic Southern Division -- Brian Duffy, Widener, 6-4 sr. forward: Averaged 25.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in 1-1 week.
* Mid-Eastern Athletic Women's -- Sondra Cockfield, UMES, 5-6 sr. guard: 56 points, 26 rebounds and 16 assists in 3-0 week.
* Northeast -- Wendell Brereton, Fairleigh Dickinson, 6-7 sr. forward: Averaged 20.5 points and 11 rebounds in 2-1 week. Phil Galvin, Mount St. Mary's, 6-3 so. guard: Averaged 20 points in 2-0 week.
* Northeast Newcomer -- Michael Watson, Mount St. Mary's, 6-5 fr. forward: Averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two conference wins.
* Northeast Women's -- Vanessa Blair, Mount St. Mary's, 6-0 sr. center: Averaged 22.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in two conference wins. Charlene Fields, Marist, 5-9 jr. guard: Averaged 24.3 points in 2-1 week.
* Patriot -- Patrick King, Bucknell, 6-6 sr. forward: Averaged 23.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 2-1 week.