Logan gets rebounds, but Mount gets victory; Retrievers fall short, 65-55, despite center's 23 boards; Clemson turns back Terps; State women


UMBC walked on its court last night with the nation's leading rebounder in Monica Logan and visions of pulling off an upset over longtime nemesis Mount St. Mary's.

The Mount came out as the runaway leader in the Northeast Conference, armed with a high-profile coaching staff and the second-leading scorer in the conference in senior forward Megan Gardiner.

Chalk up another victory for Mount St. Mary's, which is coached by former Mount standout Vanessa Blair and her first cousin Adrian Branch, who is third on Maryland's all-time men's scoring list and won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Mount started slowly last night, went on a 13-2 tear early in the second half and then answered several UMBC runs down the stretch for a 65-55 win despite a dominating 23-rebound performance by Logan.

"It wasn't pretty," said first-year coach Blair of the victory. "Because they play that 2-3 zone and we were either going to shoot ourselves in or out of the game. We didn't start to shoot well until the second half."

Gardiner, who entered with a 19.2 average, led the second-half charge with 15 points and finished with 19 to lead all scorers. Gardiner also had 14 rebounds for the Mount (14-5, 12-1).

"UMBC didn't show us anything new tonight," said Gardiner. "They played the same way they did in Emmitsburg eight days ago [a 67-45 Mount win]."

Gardiner said she and her Mount teammates often rely on first-year assistant Branch to "pick us up with his little slogans. He always has one for us."

Branch just smiled, "It's fun to be here coaching. It's a free ride and a chance for me to get some experience."

What was beautiful last night was the incredible effort on the boards from Logan, who had 20 defensive rebounds and three offensive for the 23, which tied a single-game school record.

"Monica is just a great rebounder, a real natural," said Blair. "There's nothing you can do to stop her. All you can do is hope she doesn't beat you."

Logan, a senior, entered the game with a 14.1 rebounding average and was drawing accolades from all corners last night as she also had eight assists to go with her 23 rebounds as UMBC fell to 10-8 and 7-5.

But she said, "Oh, how I wanted to win this game. I just wish I could have made some more shots [4 for 8 for eight points]."

MOUNT ST. MARY'S -- Feldbusch 2-5 2-3 8, Gardiner 8-25 3-4 19, Banks 1-5 0-0 2, Menichini 2-4 3-4 8, Carey 1-4 0-0 3, Butters 4-7 0-1 8, Nance 1-6 0-0 2, Walton 1-3 0-0 3, Williams 5-15 2-3 12, Henson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-75 10-15 65.

UMBC -- Hampton 5-8 3-4 13, Doyle 3-7 0-0 7, Logan 4-8 0-0 8, Lange 3-11 0-0 9, Shelton 0-5 0-0 0, McDevitt 0-3 0-0 0, Brown 5-12 0-0 12, Bada 2-5 0-0 4, Johnson 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 23-61 3-5 55.

Halftime--UMBC 27-25. 3-point goals--MSM 5-15 (Feldbusch 2-3, Menichini 1-2, Carey 1-3, Nance 0-4, Walton 1-2, Henson 0-1). UMBC 6-23 (Doyle 1-2, Lange 3-8, Shelton 0-2, McDevitt 0-3, Brown 2-8). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--MSM 53 (Gardiner 14), UMBC 42 (Logan 23). Assists--MSM 11 (Menichini 3), UMBC 21 (Logan 8). Total fouls--MSM 12, UMBC 17. A--244.

No. 15 Clemson 55, Maryland 45: Amy Geren scored 17 points, including a key three-point play down the stretch, as the Tigers held off the Terps in an ACC game at Cole Field House.

Clemson (17-3, 7-3) led by 11 with 9: 40 left before the Terrapins used an 8-2 run to close to 50-45 with three minutes remaining. Geren was fouled while making a layup with 1: 44 to play and added the free throw.

Branka Bogunovic scored 19 points for Maryland (3-15, 1-8), which lost by 48 points at Clemson on Dec. 5.

Gallaudet 107, Western Maryland 62: Ronda Jo Miller, the leading scorer in Division III, had 26 points and 15 rebounds as the visiting Bison (13-3) ended the Green Terror's 10-game winning streak. Jill Ibex had 19 points for Western Maryland (14-2).

Bowie State 65, St. Paul's 49: Beverly Winstead and Rashida Brooks each had 15 points as the Bulldogs (10-1, 5-0 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) extended their home-court winning streak to 38 games.

Goucher 65, Gettysburg 53: The host Gophers (4-13) shot a season-high 54 percent and Dana Bollinger had a career-high 16 points in a non-conference win.

Pub Date: 1/29/99

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