Herbert on Sports Update

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (15-11): Completed two weekends on the road by defeating Bucknell 58-56 as yearlings Jillian Busch and Jen Hansen combined for 32 points. Then, yesterday, we defeated Colgate on their court 71-69. Senior Shavonne Holden hit a lay-up with 10 seconds left for the win.

Army is now 3rd of 8 teams in the Patriot League (8-5), and will play the No. 6 seed in the league tournament - depending on this Saturday's final league game against league leading Holy Cross at home.

GYMNASTICS (4-1): Won against Navy at home 212.95 - 206.225. Senior captain Brian Lee and plebe Mike Assenmacher each won two events. At Air Force this weekend.

HOCKEY (9-18-2): With most of the season under their belt, this young team is beginning to gel - I hope. Playing at home, we defeated league opponent Bentley 3-1 and 3-2. American International here for two games this weekend.

MEN'S TENNIS (7-1): Defeated St. John's 5-2 and then stopped previously unbeaten Air Force 5-2. This was an exciting event, as yearling Michael Good suffered a badly twisted ankle in his doubles match. He was able to continue with a heavily taped ankle, and Army won the point. Had he not been able to finish, Army would have forfeited the match. But Good could not participate in singles competition - he is #4 - and 3 Army players had to move up a slot. We lost at #1 singles, but took 4 of the next 5 matches to win. Army is ranked 75th nationally.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (8-3): At home, defeated Connecticut 5-2, defeated Fordham 6-1, and won over Air Force 5-2. Yesterday we played at Boston U. and lost 5-2.

BASEBALL (0-3): Opened the season at College of Charleston (our opponent in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year), and lost 8-4, 13-9, and 9-2. We will play 3 games against Duke on their field on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (25th thru 27th).

SOFTBALL (0-4): Opened the season at the East Carolina Classic. Lost to College of Charleston twice 11-2 and 10-0. Lost to Towson 6-3. Then yearling Lindsey Gerheim hit a grand slam homer in her first at bat, but Army lost to East Carolina 14-6. Four games in Washington, DC this Sat-Sun at the George Washington U. Classic.

WRESTLING (11-5): This is a good Army wrestling team, but not as strong as Navy. The Middies beat us on our mat 23-10. Army won 3 bouts, including a major decision by Phil Simpson (149 lbs.).

RIFLE (8-2): Army won smallbore by a point, but Navy took air rifle by 5 points to win the match by 4 points: 5819-5815. Navy finished the season 13-0.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (3-22): Yearling Matt Bell scored 23 but Army lost at home to Bucknell 69-55. Yesterday, we lost to Colgate at home 66-59. At Holy Cross Saturday to complete the regular season.

FOOTNOTE: The feature article in today's NY Times Sports Section covers the close relationship between COL Bob Brown '81 and his old coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke. Bob now commands the Stryker Brigade in Iraq, and Coach K personally donated $10,000 for Christmas presents for Brown's troops. A great, positive story.

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