EMMITSBURG, Md. – Mount St. Mary's University begins its Women's In Sports Celebration by looking at six Mount Hall of Fame women's basketball players and two former Mount athletes that have made their mark in athletics over the course of their professional careers.
Lynne (Phelan) Robinson (1977-79) and Agnus (McGlade) Berenato (1977-80) both were a member of the early Mount women's basketball teams before they made their mark, but these two women have been a pioneer for women's sports since graduating from the Mount.
Crystal Woodard (1979-83), Karla Green (1980-84), Bernadine Bocus (1982-86), Lisa Green (1983-87), Shaun Jackson (1983-87) and Kim Rhock (1986-90) are some of the women that helped the Mount women's basketball team become one of the winning programs in the NCAA during their standout careers in Emmitsburg. Now in its 39th season, the Mount is 658-402 to rank 46th in NCAA history with a .620 winning percentage.
Robinson, the daughter of legendary head coach Jim Phelan, has been associated with Mount St. Mary's for 37 years as a player, coach and administrator. A three-sport letterwinner in basketball, field hockey and tennis, Robinson's 12.9 rebounds per game in her sophomore year still ranks fourth all-time on the Mount's single-season list. She was the women's cross country and track & field head coach from 1980-88 and coached five All-Americans and numerous conference champions, in addition to serving as the department's coordinator of women's athletics. Robinson was named the assistant athletic director in 1988, becoming the Mount's first compliance coordinator as the Mount gained Division I status. She was elevated to Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Operations in 1997 and also served as Senior Women's Administrator until her appointment as Director of Athletics in 2007.
Berenato and Robinson played together on the Mount women's basketball team, helping the Mount to a 53-27 mark in their tenure. Berenato scored 315 points in her career, but just like Robinson she made her mark after she graduated from Mount St. Mary's. Berenato has compiled a 444-398 record in 29 seasons as a women's basketball head coach with stops at Rider, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh. Coming into the season, Berenato ranked 32nd in the NCAA for victories and she is 161-134 in the last 10 seasons with the Panthers. Berenato has taken both Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh to the NCAA Tournament and held national rankings in her time as a head coach. Berenato has played the Mountaineers at each stop as a head coach and owns a 7-2 mark against her alma mater, including a 67-49 win on Dec. 20.
Woodard will go down as one of the best point guards in program history and currently holds the program record for career assists (740) and steals (372) while also scored 601 points in her four-year career. She holds three of the Top-10 single-season assists mark in team history, including a program-record 270 helpers in 1980-81. She also has two single-season marks in steals, including ranking second to only teammate Margaret Diaz (127, 1980-81) with 124 steals in 1980-81. While leading the team in assists all four seasons, Woodard helped the Mount to a 90-28 in her four seasons and was a key member of the 1981-82 NCAA Division II third-place team.
Karla Green was the third player to join the 1,000-point plateau at Mount St. Mary's and finished her career with 1,179 career points to rank 18th in program history. Karla Green also ranks second in career steals (360), fourth in career rebounds (844), sixth in games played (115) and 10th in blocks (61). She is also only one of four players to record 100 steals in a season with 102 in 1980-81. Karla Green is also only one of three players in team history with 10 steals in a game and she was the first to accomplish the feat with 10 thefts against Richmond on Feb. 20, 1983. The Mountaineers posted a 98-22 record in her four seasons and participated in three NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regionals, including placing third in NCAA Division II during her second season.
Bocus was the Mount's third-ever 1,000-point scorer and finished her career with 1,007 points. Bocus notched her 1,000-point in her final game after scoring 16 points against Hampton in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional on Mar. 11, 1986. She grabbed 22 rebounds against Navy on Nov. 28, 1983, which ranks third all-time on the single-game charts and also holds the seventh-most career blocks (70) in program history. During Bocus' four seasons, the Mount won 20 games each season to amass a 98-13 mark and advance to the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional all four seasons.
Lisa Green ranks 11th in program history with 1,345 points and eighth in field goals made (582). She is one of only eight different players to post 500 points in a single season and ranks sixth on the single-season charts after scoring 527 points in 1984-85. Her 18.8 points per game average that season ranks eighth in team history and her 232 field goals made is fifth all-time at the Mount. She was named the Mason-Dixon Player of the Year for her exploits in the 1984-85 season. Karla and Lisa Green are the only sisters in the Mount Hall of Fame.
Jackson is the program's all-time career leader in assists per game (6.6) while ranking sixth in assists (269), fifth in free throws attempted (510), sixth in free throws made (336) and 12th in points (1,236). Jackson has three of the Top-5 single season assists marks in program history, including ranking second with 233 in 1984-85. Jackson set a program-record with 15 assists against West Chester on Feb. 26, 1985 and now sits in third-place for that mark while having eight of the Top-10 single-game assist standards in team history. She backed up Green's Player of the Year honor with one of her own for the 1985-86 season.
Lisa Green and Jackson were a great combination for the Mount women's basketball team for four seasons, guiding the Mount to a 98-13 record in their four years with two Mason Dixon Tournament titles and four NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional appearances.
Rhock was a key force in the Mount's success transitioning from Division II to Division I. She played two seasons in Division II and two seasons in Division I. Her only season in the Northeast Conference (NEC) was a memorable one as she registered 672 points and 309 rebounds to average 23.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game to earn the NEC P layer of the Year award along with a spot on the All-NEC first team. On the single-season list for that season, she ranks second in rebounds, third in points and third in points per game while ranking eighth in rebounds. Despite only playing one season in the league, Rhock has been named to the NEC 20th, 25th and 30th Anniversary teams. She set the single-game program record with 50 points against Monmouth on Feb. 8, 1990. In addition, Rhock is the only player in team history to record a triple-double and she accomplished the trick twice. For her career, she ranks second in team history in career points (1,808), second in scoring average (16.7 ppg.), second in rebounds (992), second in rebounding average (9.2 rpg.), second in blocks (97), second in field goals made (707) and second in field goals attempted (1,565) while also ranking third in program history in free throws made (386), fourth in steals (279) and fifth in assists (465). The Mountaineers went 49-5 in the final two years in Division II including two Mason Dixon Tournament titles and two appearances in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional. After the squad went 17-9 in the first year in Division I, the Mountaineers posted a 23-6 overall record and 14-2 in league play during their first year in the circuit, including the NEC regular season crown.
The 2012-13 academic year marks the 40th anniversary of the first year women were allowed to enroll at the Mount. Prior to 1972, Mount St. Mary's was an all-male college. It is also the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Mount St. Mary's will be celebrating Women In Sports during the basketball doubleheader against Central Connecticut State on Feb. 16. During the five weeks leading up the celebration, the Mount will honor and look back on the careers of 40 former student-athletes that have left their mark in athletics at Mount St. Mary's or after graduation. Make sure that you check out the Mount's 40 for 40 series against next week when the Mount unveils eight more honorees.
Also check out the special Mount Athletics Facebook page entitled Mount St. Mary's Women In Sports.
Make sure you check out the interviews with Agnus (McGlade) Berenato and Lynne Robinson below:
Agnus (McGlade) Berenato (filmed prior to the Mount-Pitt game on Dec. 20)