League: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Coach: Tori Harrison (40-44 career record)
1994-95 record: 14-14, 10-6 in the MEAC
Top returnees: Lisa Briggs, 5-10, Jr. F (9.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg); Natasha Parks, 5-11, Sr., F (12.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg); Stephanie Ready, 5-8, Jr., G (7.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg); Delora Walker, 5-7, Sr., G (6.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 apg).
Top newcomers: Michelle Duncan, 5-4, Fr., G; Alicia Ritchie, 5-4, Fr., G; Danielle Scott, 5-8, Fr., G.
Outlook: The Eagles have not had a winning record since 1993-94, and have to adjust to the loss of Rene Doctor, who in her senior year led Coppin in scoring (16.2) and rebounding (13.8). Doctor, the only Eagle last season to shoot over 45 percent, led Coppin in rebounding in 21 of 25 games. One of Coppin's two returning starters, Parks, is the top scorer. She was the Eagles' top outside shooter, hitting 36 three-pointers. In the final five games, Parks reached double figures in scoring, averaging 19.6 points. However, she shot 36 percent from the field and 28 percent from three-point range. Briggs, who started 14 games last season, leads the frontcourt but has to stay out of foul trouble. She averaged a foul every eight minutes, fouling out in seven games. She was second in rebounding, grabbing double-digit totals in eight games. Also, half of Briggs' rebounds last season were offensive. For the second straight year, Walker will run the offense. The Eagles averaged 63.3 points per game, but also 25 turnovers.
Coach: Pat Coyle (52-35)
1994-95 record: 20-9, 7-6 in the MAAC
Top returnees: Lynn Albert, 6-1, Jr., F (7.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg); Denise Stuewe, 5-10, Sr., G/F (4.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg); Kristin Fraser, 5-6, Soph., G (3.9 ppg, 2.6 apg); Dawn Gerdich, 6-2, Jr., C (1.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg).
Top newcomers:Top newcomers: Jennifer Bongard, 6-0, Fr., F; Theresa Cooney, 5-6, Fr., G; Corey Hewitt, 5-6, Fr., G; Mary Ann Kirsch, 6-1, Fr., F; Jina Mosley, 6-0, Fr., G.
Outlook: Loyola had its best season in school history, producing its first 20-win season and advancing to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. But gone is all-time leading scorer Patty Stoffey. Gone are four other starters and 72 percent of the Greyhounds' scoring. "Any time you lose five starters, there is cause for concern, especially with the success last year's team had," Coyle said. "But I think our program has reached the point where we don't have to look at the upcoming season as a rebuilding year. Our upperclassmen have contributed a great deal during the past two seasons, and we have perhaps our best freshman class ever coming in. On paper it looks like we've lost a lot, but I think we're in for another solid year." Albert and Gerdich are the two most experienced frontcourt players. Albert also is versatile, scoring in the post and hitting 12 three-pointers. Her 48-percent shooting was third on the team. Gerdich started three games last season when center Patty Taylor was injured. In a start against Canisius, she had six points, four rebounds and three assists. Fraser takes over at point guard after averaging nearly four assists in 25 games. She looked out of control in certain games last season and must reduce her team-leading turnover total (88). Joining Fraser in the backcourt likely will be Stuewe, who transferred from Fairleigh Dickinson a year ago. She was slowed by a wrist injury last season, appearing in 24 games as a reserve. She is Loyola's top perimeter defender.
Coach: Anderson Powell
1994-95 record: 5-21, 4-12 in the MEAC
Top returnees: Karla Warfield, 6-1, Jr., G (7.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg); Kaira Warfield, 5 -10, Jr., G (11.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apg); Tressan Dugan, 6-2, Soph., F (6.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg); Sarah Womack, 6-2, Soph., G (2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg).
Top newcomers: Kennetta Murry , 5-6, Fr., G; LaShaunda Clark, 5-9, Fr., C; Sherri Anderson, 5-9, Fr., G; Leah Littlefield, 5-6, Fr., G; Maiysha Stokes, 5- 7, Fr., F.
Outlook: Powell returns as coach after a one-year absence. He once again attempts to try to turn around the Bears, who have won only nine of their past 44 games and one of their last 20 non-conference games. The strength of the team remains the backcourt of Karla and Kaira Warfield. Kaira Warfield, a second-team all-conference pick last season, led Morgan in scoring last season and ranked in the nation's top 10 in steals (3.0 spg). Karla Warfield returns as the second-leading scorer and shot-blocker. Karla and Kaira led Morgan in scoring a combined 14 times. Besides the backcourt, Morgan State lacks scoring. The Bears shot only 34 percent and scored 56 points per game. Morgan State was also outrebounded by an average of 47-39. Dugan is the most seasoned frontcourt player, but
averaged only five rebounds a game.
League: Northeast Conference
Coach: Bill Sheahan (321-70)
1994-95 record: 24-6, 17-1 in the NEC
Top returnees: Amy Langville, 5-8, Jr., G (8.2 ppg, 4.5 apg); Nikki Schroyer, 5- 8, Jr., G/F (9.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg); Kris Bryant, 6-0, Jr., C (4.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg); Heather Wable, 5-10, Sr., F (13.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg); Keisha McCatty, 5-9, Sr., G ( 5.5 ppg, 2.5 apg).
Top newcomers: Jo-Val Nance, 5-8, Fr., G; Megan Gardiner, 5-10, Fr., F; Jess MacNeill, 6-2, Fr., C.
Outlook: The Mountaineers, who have lost only once in their last 48 conference games, have something to prove this season. Mount St. Mary's lost Susie Rowlyk, its top scorer and rebounder and Shari DeLaney, its top three-point shooter. Also, Melissa Cuneo, a key role player, has graduated and Carrie Jenkins, a promising point guard, did not return to school. The Mount relied last season on its outside scoring, but lost 65 percent of its made three-pointers to graduation. Wable returns as the lone perimeter threat. Wable, who missed the previous year with a ligament tear, hit 36 of 122 three-pointers. Wable's backup will be Gardiner, last year's Delaware High School Player of the Year. Mount St. Mary's should be solid at point guard with the return of Langville. She has remarkable poise and averaged just one turnover every three assists. McCatty, who also played at point guard last season, will be more relied upon to shoot. The biggest priority is to fill the center position. As Rowlyk's backup last season, Bryant has had time to develop her post and perimeter skills. Melissa O'Connell should also see time in the post with her shot-blocking skills.
League: Patriot League
Coach: Joe Sanchez (323-186)
1994-95 record: 16-12, 10-4 in the Patriot
Top returnees: Becky Dowling, 5-11, Soph. F (13.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg); Jenny Thompson, 5-8, Soph., G (7.6 ppg, 2.5 apg); Joeanne Groth, 5-7, Soph., G (6.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg ); Jen Seguin, 5-11, Soph., F (1.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg).
Top newcomers: Laurie Coffey, 6-1, Fr., C; Julie Graham, 6-0, Fr., F; Bridget Kerwin, 6-0, Fr., F.
Outlook: Sanchez, who has led six teams to the NCAA tournament, coached Navy to a six-win turnaround. The Midshipmen, who started the season at 2-5, won nine of their last 11 games. Dowling, the leading returning scorer and rebounded, led the late second- half charge. She can score inside and also hit 10 three-pointers last season. She is also the standout defensive player, making 72 steals in 28 games. Navy was one of the top defensive teams in the league The Midshipmen held opponents to 40 percent shooting and caused an average of 22 turnovers per game. However, Navy allowed shot from the perimeter, giving up 110 three-pointers. The Midshipmen balanced out their 41 percent shooting with their rebounding. Dowling, Groth and Thompson should again lead a strong Navy rebounding team.
League: North Atlantic League
Coach: Ellen Fitzkee (87-105)
1994-95 record: 15-13, 13-3 in the Big South
Top returnees: Trinette Tucker, 5-9, Jr., G/F (19.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg); Tanya Belair, 5-10, Sr., F (13.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg); LaTonya Joyner, 5-2, Soph., G (11.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg); Kim Schaffrick, 6-0, Jr., C (6.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg); Sonia Keiner, 5-8, Soph., G (5.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg).
Top newcomers: Stephanie Dellinger, 5-5, Jr., G (transfer from Cleveland St.); Merri Jones, 5-11, Fr., F; Silesia Stevens, 6-0, Fr., C.
Outlook: Tucker, the Big South Player of the Year, returns as the Tigers' offensive spark. Joining Towson State as a midseason transfer, she led the Tigers to a 14-7 record and finished second in rebounding and steals (2.4). Tucker scored over 30 points three times, all on the road. Besides Tucker, 11 players who saw action last season return. The Tigers shot 48 percent, but was outrebounded by an average of 43-38. Fitzkee said she is looking for more physical play from Schaffrick. The Tigers should not lack offense with the return of two starters that averaged double figures, Belair and Joyner. Belair, the only player to record a triple-double in Towson State history, reached double digits in her last 10 games, and had a double-double in the season-ending loss to Radford. Joyner, who was named to the All-Rookie team last season, can play shooting or point guard. "We are more experienced and have more depth than last year," Fitzkee said. "I feel that we're also a few steps closer to being more athletic and we have versatile players on this year's squad."
League: Big South
Coach: Kathy Solano (209-171)
1994-95 record: 12-15, 8-8 in the Big South
Top returners: Tori Moten, 5-8, Jr., G (8.7 ppg, 4.3 apg); Bridget Smith, 5-6, Soph., G (1.8 ppg, 2.4 apg); Kendra Damann, 5-10, Soph., F (8.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg); Jen Gloyd, 5-7, Jr., G (4.8 ppg, 2.8 apg); Jan Jacob, 5-10, Soph., F (8.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg); Lisa Cicak, 5-10, Sr., F (4.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg); Amy Greene, 6-1, Sr., F ( 1.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg); Nikki Tibbs, 6-2, Soph., C (3.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg).
Top newcomers: Monica Logan, 6-0, Fr., C; Kathy Doyle, 5-8, Fr., G; Nicole Johnson, 5-10, Fr., G.
Outlook: After topping the Big South in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense, the Retrievers have shifted some of the focus to offense. UMBC averaged only 54 points per game, and was held under 60 points in eight of its last nine games. Although UMBC loses leading scorer Eunice French (14.0 ppg), it returns three players that averaged above eight points a game. "We need to be as aggressive on offense as we have been on defense," Solano said. "With the experience our young players gained last year, they should be ready to run a true transition game." That responsibility will be given to two-year starter Moten. She finished the season strong, averaging five assists over the last five games. However, her turnover total was 4.6 per game, a rise of alomost two a game from her freshman year. Damann and Johnson provide good perimeter shooting for UMBC. Damann has the best range on the Retrievers, hitting a team-best 12 three-pointers last season. Johnson, a redshirt freshman who has recovered from a stress fracture in her foot, will spend time at point and shooting guard. Besides Jacob, scoring is suspect in the UMBC frontcourt. Greene is a hard worker and solid defender who excels at grabbing the offensive rebound.
Coach: Joyce Jenkins (4-23)
6* 1994-95 record: 4-23, 2-14 in the MEAC