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Taylor, Wentworth anchor attack for Shorewomen

They can shoot, rebound and play defense. And they are double trouble for opponents again this season.

Juniors Eboni Taylor, 6 feet, and Allison Wentworth, 5-10, are billed as the "Twin Towers" at Washington College, and they keep coming up big for the Shorewomen. Through seven games, Taylor is averaging 18.4 points and 12.1 rebounds, and Wentworth is averaging 16.3 points and 10.6 boards. Both are shooting better than 53 percent from the field.

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Each player has started all 57 of her collegiate games, and each has been amazingly consistent.

Taylor has totaled 985 points (17.2 ppg) and 714 rebounds (12.5 rpg) in her career. Going into the Shorewomen's next game, Jan. 6 against the College of Notre Dame, she needs 15 points to become the first female player at Washington to reach 1,000. She also holds the school records for most points (32) and rebounds (24) in a game.

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Wentworth, who helped Old Mill High to three consecutive Class 4A state championships, has racked up 865 points (15.2 ppg) and 591 rebounds (10.4 rpg) since coming to Washington.

"They are the backbone of this team," said coach Lanee Cole, whose team started out 4-0 but has lost three straight, mostly because of injuries. "Eboni is so strong, she overpowers people at times. And Alli is a great balance. She's much more instinctive and has a little more court sense. She works hard to get those points. It comes more naturally for Eboni."

Taylor and Wentworth were chosen to the Pepsi Tip-Off AllTournament team this season, with Taylor being named Most Valuable Player after averaging 18.5 points and 19 rebounds. Wentworth had 27 points and 12 rebounds in the opener, a 64-36 win over Philadelphia Pharmacy, and 17 points and 15 rebounds in the Shorewomen's 62-54 victory over host Marywood.

Injuries to starting guards Lee Ann Lezzer (lower back) and Diane Zeng (ankle) have put even more of a burden on Washington's frontcourt. Zeng averages a teamleading 4.3 assists, and Lezzer-a teammate of Wentworth's at Old Mill-is second at 3.7. -Lezzer, has missed the past four games, also is the Shorewomen's top three-point threat, making 44 percent of her shots.

Navy women off to best start

The Naval Academy's women's basketball team just keeps rolling along, winning its first Navy Classic this week to run its record to 10-0, the program's best start.

The Midshipmen defeated Morehead State on Wednesday, 77-65, behind 27 points and seven assists from junior Adria Schneck and 25 points from sophomore Becky Dowling. Then came Thursday's 82-61 blowout of Charleston Southern, when sophomore Joanne Groth scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Dowling and Schneck each had 20 points.

Schneck was named the Patriot League's Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points and 7.5 rebounds and shooting 65 percent from the field in wins over Cornell and Wofford. Coffey, with a career high 15 points and 15 rebounds against Wofford, was chosen Rookie of the Work

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McGuthrie in a shallow zone

Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan, trying to explain how guard Chris McGuthrie could burn Georgia Tech for 37 points in Monday night's 71-69 victory, said the 5-foot-9 senior was "in a zone." That sounded like a good description to McGuthrie, though he said he wasn't "as deep in a zone as you can go."

Now there's something to keep future opponents on edge.

McGuthrie said he kept expecting Georgia Tech to make a late run and avert the upset, even while teammate Riley Inge was saying otherwise.

"Riley kept telling me, 'We're going to win this one, but I didn't believe it. We've lost so many games at the end."

When asked what a victory over a nationally ranked team like Tech will mean to Mount's program, McGuthrie said "I really don't know. I didn't think we were going to win, so I hadn't thought about it."

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Miscellaneous

Frostburg State junior cornerback Ron Wallace (City), who had six interceptions and 17 pass breakups this season, received honorable mention on the Hewlett-Packard All-America team.... The women's indoor track and field team at Mount St. Mary's is picked to repeat as Northeast Conference champions. The men are picked second behind Rider.... Loyola freshman forward Nsilo Abraham was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's Rookie of the Week after scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 16. He converted nine of 10 free throws.... Coppin State's women's basketball team went to the line 50 times in last week's game against William and Mary, making 30 free throws in its first victory of the season, 65-57.... Coppin senior forward Natasha Parks began the week leading the nation in scoring at 27.3 ppg.... Coppin's Antoine Brockington was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's Rookie of the Week after recording 10 points, two assists and two steals in a 77-76 loss at Duquesne.... Coppin senior guard Allen Watson began the week ranked sixth in assists in Division I, averaging eight a game. He had nine against Illinois-Chicago on Monday.... The Eagles were ranked sixth nationally in field goal percentage (.529) and 13th in scoring (90.5 ppg).... Dawnyelle Brown of UMES was the MEAC's women's Player of the Week after scoring 30 points and grabbing 13 rebounds against Bucknell.... Going into yesterday's game at Central Connecticut, UMBC senior guard Tony Thompson had made 22 straight free throws, three shy of the school record.


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