Despite losing 83-62 to Maryland on Saturday, the revived Wolfpack finished the week with an 18-4 record. The biggest difference has been provided by 5'10" guard Andrea Stinson, the ACC's leading woman scorer with a 24.5-point average. After sitting out last season as a Proposition 48 casualty, Stinson is drawing rave reviews. Says UCLA coach Billie Moore, "In time, I believe she'll be better than Cheryl Miller."
Perhaps because of Stinson, Yow says she hasn't experienced any post-Olympic burnout. The only two former Olympians who are playing college ball are going strong, too. As Yow saw on Saturday, Maryland's Vicky Bullett is having a banner season. She has been averaging 20.8 points for the No. 6-ranked Terps. At Tennessee, Bridgette Gordon was scoring 17.7 points per game and getting 6.3 rebounds.
However, things haven't gone as well for one of Yow's Olympic assistants, North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell. Through Sunday her Tar Heels were only 9-15. Hatchell didn't bounce back as quickly as she thought she would from giving birth on Jan. 24 to a son. Van Davis Hatchell. "I figured I'd be out a couple of days and jump back, but I had a pretty rough time," said Hatchell, who rejoined her team five days after Van's birth. "I told the players to think of the hardest practice they'd ever had and then multiply it by 100. That's what childbirth was like for me."
Nevertheless, Hatchell says Van has helped her deal with the frustration of coaching a young team that sometimes starts four freshmen. "After we lose, I'm usually very upset," she says. "Now I go home, and the baby's there. The baby puts a new perspective on things. Basketball is important, but it's not the only thing anymore."
Bobby Martin, an outstanding center for the Pitt men's team, was continually bugged for autographs at a recent New Edition concert. "Every five feet somebody stopped him," said Lorri Johnson, his date. "That made me mad."
No wonder. Johnson is a star in her own right. In fact, at week's end Johnson, a 5'11" junior forward for the Panthers, had a 24.5-point average, which led the Big East and was 10th nationally. (The 6'9" Martin was scoring 13.8 points per game.)
The hoops sweethearts met on a double date in the fall of 1987 and have been an item ever since. Martin is careful to point out that he never gives Johnson advice. "She already does most things better than I do," he says. Which is quite a compliment from a guy who had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help Pitt to a 79-74 upset of Georgetown on Saturday afternoon.
An 82-50 victory over Illinois on Sunday extended Iowa's home court winning streak to 38 games and kept the Lady Hawkeyes atop the standings in the Big Ten conference. But it was a 66-64 victory at home over Purdue two days earlier that gave convincing evidence of how strong Iowa really is.