Maria Smear and Terri Daniels were virtually unstoppable and the entire third-ranked St. Mary's team was out to make somebody pay yesterday for the first two-game losing streak in Harry Dobson's seven years as head coach.
That "somebody" was fourth-ranked John Carroll, and the Patriots were administered a 59-42 beating by the Saints in a Catholic League game in Annapolis.
Smear led all scorers with 20 points and also had six rebounds, four assists and three steals. But Daniels was little short of sensational in every phase of the game.
On defense, the 5-foot-11 Daniels was all over the court, disrupting almost everything the Patriots tried to do.
She limited John Carroll's leading scorer, Jen Westervelt, to eight points, far below her 18-point average.
On offense, she made some unbelievable spinning shots, hit a three-pointer and drove the lane relentlessly to find open teammates for layups.
Daniels finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in a performance that came on the heels of back-to-back Saints' losses -- to second-ranked Mercy Sunday and on Tuesday, strong Archbishop John Carroll (D.C.).
"We were on a mission," said Dobson. "We just had too many turnovers in those two losses. We cut way down on them today."
Tiffany Schummer was also outstanding yesterday for St. Mary's (14-4, 7-3 in the league), contributing 12 points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block. Emily Lipton overcame foul trouble to score 10 points, hand out three assists and get two steals for the Saints.
Lipton collected her second foul before the first quarter was over and sat out 10 minutes of the game. But she hit a three-pointer with 4: 10 left in the game to help fend off a final run by John Carroll (12-4, 5-4).
The Lipton three-pointer pushed St. Mary's ahead, 50-38.
"We needed to prove to ourselves that we could still play like this," Schummer said. "We just weren't playing as a complete team the last two games."
John Carroll got off to a decent start and led, 16-14, at the end of the first quarter. But Daniels scored five points in the first 3: 10 of the second quarter to push St. Mary's ahead, 21-20. The Saints never trailed again.
"Daniels did a super job on Jen [Westervelt]," said John Carroll coach Kathleen Shannon, "and they were collapsing on us every time we got the ball inside. We beat them inside the last time [a 52-47 win at John Carroll]. They made sure that wouldn't happen again."
Shannon called it "one of the worst games we've played, but St. Mary's had a lot to do with it."
Freshman Sarah Oktavec led the Patriots with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Britney Whitehurst had 14 rebounds.
Pub Date: 2/01/97