Whack leads hot Mount to 83-71 win
Rashad Whack scored 26 points to lead host Mount St. Mary's (13-13, 8-7 Northeast Conference) to an 83-71 win over LIU Brooklyn (15-12, 10-5) Thursday night. The Mountaineers have won four games in a row and six of their past seven. Trailing 52-48 with 12:25 remaining, the Mount went on a 24-8 run over the next 7:18 to take a 72-60 lead. Sam Prescott started the run with a jumper before a 3-pointer by Kelvin Parker tied the score at 53. Whack scored the Mount's next eight points for a six-point advantage with 8:27 left in the game.
More men's basketball: Bowie State (4-5, 7-8 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association), led by Byron Westmorland (Mervo) with 21 points and 10 rebounds, used late free throws to win, 74-69, against host Virginia State (12-13, 6-9). The win puts the Bulldogs in third place in the North Division. ... Host St. Mary's (23-3), led by Donn Hill (Bel Air) with 21 points, put together a strong second half to win, 89-81, over Mary Washington (14-13) in a Capital Athletic Conference semifinal. St. Mary's advances to face Wesley (20-6), which beat Salisbury (19-8), 73-66, in the other semifinal, in the title game Saturday at 4 p.m. Travon Vann led the visiting Sea Gulls, who rallied to within four points with 1:43 left, with 24 points.
Women's basketball: Bowie State sophomore forward Bria Robinson was named to the All-CIAA team. ... Lebanon Valley junior forward Caitlin Bach (North Carroll) was named to the All-Commonwealth Conference first team. Hood senior guard Dyanna Prater made honorable mention.
Witmer, O'Donnell named to U.S. field hockey team
Maryland field hockey forward Jill Witmer and former Terp Katie O'Donnell were named to the U.S. national team's 18-player roster for the International Hockey Federation's World League Round 2 Tournament on March 4-10 in Rio de Janiero. It will be the first cap for Witmer with the U.S. national team. She was named to the U.S. Developmental Squad last summer, as well as the U.S. Under-21 Team. O'Donnell, the 2009 and 2010 Honda Sports Award winner, has 128 caps with the U.S. National Team, including the Olympics in London last summer.
Academics: Maryland men's lacrosse attackman Owen Blye, football defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Severn resident) and women's lacrosse midfielder Katie Schwarzmann (Century) and Virginia women's basketball center Simone Egwu (Arundel) were among 36 Atlantic Coast Conference athletes who earned Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Awards. The awards are based on academic record, athletic versatility, interest in university and community life, and the athlete's commitment to ideals and values in their professional lives. Recipients will receive $5,000 for their graduate education.
Wrestling: With host Maryland trailing 12-11, fifth-ranked Josh Asper (Hereford) took the mat at Comcast Pavilion for the final time and recorded a pin with 28 seconds left to send the 24th-ranked Terps past George Mason for a 23-15 victory. Asper, a senior who is the second-winningest wrestler in program history, recorded his third fall of the season in his final match at Comcast Pavilion.
Women's indoor track and field: Maryland sophomore Thea LaFond won the women's pentathlon at the ACC championships in Blacksburg, Va., with 4,111 points, the most in the conference this season.
—From Sun staff and news services
Ex-swim coach Curl pleads guilty to child sexual abuse
Former swim coach Rick Curl, whose namesake club became internationally renowned for its elite competitors, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of child sexual abuse involving his former swimmer, Kelley Currin, in the 1980s. Sentencing is set for May 23. Curl, 63, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. Currin, now 43, traveled from Texas to attend the hearing in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville.
—Amy Brittain, The Washington Post
Baseball: The Washington Nationals signed 6-foot-10 right-handed pitcher Chris Young to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp. Young, 33, made 20 starts for the New York Mets last year.
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post