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October 27, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 21

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Cyridy Meserve To Become First Woman College Basketball Player ack half (AP Wircphoto) TO SCORE A FIRST IN NCAA ...When 18-year-old Cyndy Meserve showed up to try out for the basketball team at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., the coach thought, she was just late ·for the cheerleader tryouts. She soon proved otherwise and may take the floor Nov. 29 when Pratt opens its season against Baruch College to become the first Woman to pig;; in an NCAA varsity game. NEW YORK (AP) -- P r a tt Institute has a 5-foot-8, 130- pnuml guard who's bound to make a lot of basketball fans -and players --.sit up and take notice. She's Cyndy Meserve, an 18- y e a r-old blonde freshman (frcshwoman?) from Livermore Falls, Me., who's about a month away from setting NCAA history by becoming the first female player on a college varsity basketball team. Actually, t h e . history was made Thursday when Pratt announced at its Brooklyn campus that Cyndy had made the team, which plays its firsl game of the season Nov. 29 against Baruch College. Cyndy said she wasn't trying to break any sexual barriers when she tried out last month. "I just like to play basket ball," she said. "When they put up a srgn for practice back in September. I went out. I hon estly thought it was for the girls' team." She wasn't half as surprised as Coach Tony Missere. "I completely floored me," he said. "I had put up posters for team tryouts and another fo boosters and cheerleaders, thought she had missed thi cheering meeting. INSISTED ANYWAY "But when she said she wa a basketball player, I explained we hadn't had a girls' team fo about four years. She insisted on trying out anyway. "I checked with our athletic director (E. Wayne Sunder land) and he said there is n riile saying that she can't be-, candidate," Missere said. Arkansas State Names Donna Woodiel Coach 01 Its Women's Intercollegiate Athletics JONESBORO, Ark. - Miss Donna K. Woodiel, a physical education instructor and coach of the girls' volleyball and tennis teams at North Little Rock's Northeast High School, has been named coach of women's intercollegiate athletics at Arkansas State University. Miss Woodiel will take charge of the University's newly created women's program Nov. 1, according to ASU athletic director Don Floyd, who made the announcement. "We are very pleased that Donna is Joining our staff," Floyd said. "We felt that in filling this position we should make every effort to find some )ne who fit all, the qualifications, and certainly we have accomplished this. "We're counting on her step- sin gright in and developing programs for the current academic year in basketmll and tennis," Floyd noted. "Next year we hope to field a competitive women's team in volleyball, and perhaps the year after that, swimming. "The University is aware of its responsibility in the area of women's intercollegiate athletic competition, and we intend to build a resectable program. We feel the hiring of Miss Woodiel is a good start." Miss Woodiel, who received ler M.5.E. degree from AS ast August, Is a 1973 honor gr duate of Arkansas Tech at Ru sellville, where she earned B.S. degree. She is a nati' of Rusellville but graduate from Ramapo High School Spring Valley, N.Y., in 1959. In high school she participa ed on the girls' varsity baske ball, volleyball, softball an soccer teams. At Arkans Tech she was a four-year mei her of the women's varsi volleyball, bowling and archer t e a m s . A n d , while g r a d u a t e assistant at Ar ansas State, she assisted wi the women's tennis and voile ball teams So Miss Meserve. a fashion sign major, tried out and ado the 15-player squad. "We n't have that many kids com- g out," Missere said, "but I ouldn't have picked her if I dn't think she could play. I 11 use her mostly at guard. "She has a few things to arn about basketball but she a fine player.. . . She is defi tely not the 15th player on the am. I don't know how much laying time she will get but I YaU Tops Cornell ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - Half- Rudy Green's two first- touchdowns and Yale's rtorthwttt ArfcpnMi TIMES, Sun., Oct. 17, T»74 ·· FAYITTIVILLC, stingy defense combined 16 leadlLeague Football the unbeaten Elis to a 27-3 IvylCornell Saturday. can tell you she is a pleasure to work wilh." Fine players are something Pratt needs. The Institute ha lost 36 of its last 39 games. Cyndy, who led her girls' high school team to four straight Mountain Valley championships, won't talk about how well she'll do. But she says: "The guys seem to have accepted me and have been great about it. That's what's important." Huntsville Eagles Drop League Game To Harrison HARRISON -- The Huntsville agles played tough football all veiling against a fine Harrison oblin football squad Friday fore dropping a 1-AA conter- nce decision 21-7. The Goblins scored in Ihe rst and second periods but led he spunky Eagles by only 14-7 ntil a touchdown with only even seconds remaining in the ontest sealed the victory for arrison. "That was a really ood game," noted Huntsville oach Tom Tice. "I guarantee ou that there was no one caving that game early. I have o give them credit; they have really good team." Huntsville scored their lone ouchdown when quarterback im Ccger worked the option lay to perfection and raced 80 ards for the touchdown in the ccond period. Coger kicked the xtra point and the Eagles railed only 14-7. The score emained that way until Harrion's fourth-period tally. Coger played well overall for Huntsville, completing six of 18 passes for 77 yards. The Eagle signal caller also rushed for 6( yards. "He was our leading bal carrier," said.Tice. "Our offen sive line broke down a couple of times so that he lost some yardage. Otherwise I'm sure he would have had well over 101 yards for the game." Overal the Eagles picked up 177 yards total offense. Tice had special praise for his defense. "Just name all o them," he said. "They al played well. Harrison was a very good team and we played them about as well as we could." Harrison boosted their season mark to 5-1-1 vvhile Huntsville dropped to 34. Next action for the Eagles will be next Friday e v e n i n g against McDonald FOR Football Debut ESBON, Kan. (AP) -- Margo Gillett-' made her debut a a varsity football .player Friday night, and it was practically a disaster for both the girl and Esbon High School. Esbon tried a pass to Margo, 18 and a senior, in one of her arief appearances in the fourth quarter against Jewell. A defender picked it off and ran it in 20 yards for a touchdown that gave'Jewell a 60-0 lead-the final score. 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