West Point the perfect place for McGuire

A mere joke.

That's what a young Alex McGuire considered any talk that she might attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and play basketball some day.


"Growing up, we used to joke about it," said The Sun's 2004 All-Metro Player of the Year from Arundel High. "Actually I never thought I would end up here. The Military Academy was never one of my top choices (even though her father and two uncles attended the U.S. Military Academy). When it came down to it and I came up here to visit, everything just fit for me and I think I made the best choice for me. I just love it here."

The 5-foot-8 freshman starting point guard conceded she used to think about going to the University of Maryland and other big-time basketball schools.


"Sure you always dream big," said McGuire, who has helped Army surge into a first-place tie in the Patriot League with an 8-2 record, 14-9 overall. "But this is the best fit for me because of the type [of] person I am, very disciplined. The atmosphere suits me. I've always been a strong person physically. This is the best one [school] for me."

The Black Knights have a 7-2 record since McGuire cracked the starting lineup Jan. 10.

Overall, McGuire is second on the team in scoring (10.6 average) , and she averages 2.9 rebounds and has 35 assists and 26 steals.

Her biggest thrill at the Academy so far?

"Being tied for first place [with Bucknell] in the league," said the three-time first-team All-Metro pick who has twice played major roles in victories over Navy this season, as well as scoring a season-high 22 points against Colgate.

Nelson big on threes

UMass fifth-year senior point guard Katie Nelson (McDonogh) leads the team in three-pointers with 32, in addition to being first in assists with 3.5 a game, and tied for second in steals with 24.

Nelson, 5-7, is also averaging 6.2 points and 3.1 rebounds for the Minutewomen of the Atlantic 10. Nelson helped UMass (9-14, 6-6) turn back Fordham, 68-63, on Sunday for the team's sixth win in its past seven games, handing out six assists, scoring nine points and grabbing three rebounds.


Devaud skies

UMBC junior Charles Devaud (Archbishop Curley) was named the America East Conference Field Performer of the Week after winning the collegiate pole vault competition at the New Balance Open at the New York City Armory. Devaud vaulted 15 feet, three-hundredths of an inch to join teammates Rob Ludwig and Nathan Dixon as the only conference pole vaulters to go over 15 feet this season.

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