- The Washington Times - Monday, March 10, 2003

Coach Bill Finney and the Marymount women's team will be on the road this weekend after the NCAA Division III committee determined the sectional hosts in the tournament yesterday.
For the Saints, the road to the Final Four in Terre Haute, Ind., goes through Rochester, N.Y.
The Saints (23-6) meet the Messiah Falcons (27-2) in the first game Friday night. Two years ago in the Sweet 16, the Grantham, Pa., institution beat the Saints in double overtime. Rochester (22-4) and Ithaca (22-5) meet in the other sectional game. The winners play the next night.
Finney, a member of the nine-person committee, was looking to bring the sectionals to Marymount's Verizon Sports Arena, where the Saints have a 17-4 record and 13-game winning streak this season.
"We made it to the Final Four on the road last season," Finney said. "We've learned how to win on the road."
The Saints also appear to be playing their best basketball of the season after starting with a 5-4 record.
"I like what our kids are doing," Finney said. "We seem to be peaking. If we can make our free throws, we'll be all right."
The Saints advanced to the Sweet 16 by defeating Rutgers-Camden (N.J.) 83-80 at home in the second round of the tournament on Saturday night.
The Saints enjoyed a considerable advantage at the free throw line, sinking 25 of 42 attempts compared to the nine of 13 attempts of the Lady Raptors. The discrepancy was aided by the must-foul strategy of the Lady Raptors in the final two minutes of the game. The Saints made only nine of 20 free throws in that stomach-churning span and allowed the visitors to close within three points in the final seconds. A 30-footer by Cheryl Kulesa rattled off the glass and the rim as the buzzer sounded.
The depth and balance of the Saints offset the individual excellence of Kulesa, a former Division I player at Saint Joseph's who finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. The Saints put five players in double figures, led by the 21 points of Jodie Knotts, one of the team's three 1,000-point scorers, along with Katie Jarvis and Ashlee Courter.
The Saints made six of 11 3-point attempts and rebounded the ball with vigor, despite being outsized. Jarvis grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds to go with 14 points. Knotts and Courter provided the 3-pointers, and Annetta Benjamin softened the belly of the defense with her body-twisting forays to the basket and scored 17 points.
"I've seen game tape on Messiah," Finney said. "They have a great team, but we won't be facing a player like Kulesa."

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide