Coach Bessie Stockard isn't too concerned with losing most of last year's team. After compiling a 9-4 mark in her first season at AU (after building a nationally prominent program at Federal City College) Stockard is pleased with her first full recruiting effort.

Leading the new faces will be Alice Butler, a 5-foot-10 1/2 center-forward who averaged 22 points and 16 rebounds in leading DuVal to the Maryland state high school title and earning herself most-valuable-player honors in the playoffs.

Other top recruits are junior-college transfer Donna MacDonald, a 5-10 1/2 center-forward; freshman forward-centers Doreen Clark (5-9 1/2) and Karen McClellan (5-11), and 5-foot guard Sandralyn Thomas, a transfer from Federal City now part of the University of the District of Columbia.

Debbie Bush, a 5-9 1/2 power forward, is the lone returning starter and will serve a second season as captain. Veterans Adrienne Davis, a 5-10 1/2 forward, and guards Wenday Allen. Leslie Allen (no relation) and Eleni Ladas will all battle for playing time. BOWIE STATE

Bowie State has only four members back from last year's 16-3 squad that finished second in the Maryland Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW) Division tournament, but coach Arlene Creek is optimistic.

The returning starters are 6-2 junior center Ceci Hatcher, 5-6 junior forward-guard Tina Boynton, and 5-5 senior guard Myra Green. Pam Perkins, a sophomore guard, will remain as a top reserve. CATHOLIC

The Cardinals, who lost only one starter to graduation, experienced a blue-ribbon recruiting season and are likely to improve on last year's 11-4 record.

Senior captain Bridget Bayly, a 5-7 wing who averaged 19 points a year ago, and 5-10 forward Cathy Folan, a sophomore who pulled down 10 rebounds a game, anchor the returning corps under second-year coach Marie Wiles.

At least eight players should see plenty of action and several freshmen could step into starting roles, said Wiles. Heading the newcomers are all-Met 5-10 forward Sharon Hodges from Holy Cross and All-Prince George's County center Margaret Goetze of Oxon Hill. Freshmen Bernadette Kerley, a first-team Catholic League guard from Elizabeth Seton, and Debby Trunnell, a point guard from Pallotti, may also crack the starting lineup. GALLAUDET

Kitty Baldridge faces a tough job in her first year of coaching at Gallaudet. There are no seniors on the squad and very little experience to depend on to immediately improve last year's 3-9 record.

"We'll have to be a ball-control team," said Baldridge. "Having to run and gun against the faster and bigger schools is not going to be in our favor."

Freshmen Vicki Marlow, Dana Brown and Tami Richardson are all starting guard candidates, while 5-8 Camy Lange and 5-6 Sandy McLenon, both juniors, lead the forward hopefuls. GEORGE MASON

Pat Layne takes over the coaching reins at GMU and will try to better last season's 7-10 record.

The Patriots have two returning starters: Erin Cloyd, a 5-10 forward who averaged 11.5 points and 7.6 rebounds, and 5-11 forward Karen Wood. Patti Collett, a 4-11 guard, saw some action last season.

The top recruits are 5-5 guard Kathy Kleha, who earned Washington-area All-Met honors last year at Lee High School, and Punky Orlando, a 5-3 guard from Woodbridge High School. GEORGE WASHINGTON

Maureen Frederick, the first fulltime women's coach at GW, who directed the school's volleyball team to the AIAW regional playoffs, hopes she can manage as much success with a basketball team that went 9-10 last season.

The Colonials are young, like many area teams, but have a trio of returning starters in 5-7 guard Cindy Loffel, 5-10 forward Marise James and 6-2 center Joan Nowotny.

Frederick will be looking for a big point-getter following the graduation of Holly Kuzio. That job may fall on Nowotny or 5-5 freshman Linda Barney, an All-Ohio guard, or Sandy McCracken, who will be out of action until January following a cartilage operation. Ann Lawrence and Betsy Luxford, both 5-8, are freshman contenders for the starting forward slots. GEORGETOWN

The Hoyettes face a transitional year, with three seniors and three newcomers heading the lineup under coach Francis Carr, now in his fourth season.

Margaret Dolan, at 5-11 Georgetown's tallest player, should spark the forward attack at center after scoring 16 points a game during last year's 10-8 campaign. Carr also has a pair of experienced guards in senior Ria Meagher, who averaged 12 points, and Sue Foster.

Abi Dillon, a 5-7 freshman from Immaculata High, will likely fit into a guard rotation with Meagher and Foster. Sophomore Maria DeVita, who played volleyball a year ago, and Kim Decker, a freshman from Baltimore, round out the list of top new faces. HOOD

Coach Danielle Krainak used a predominantly freshman team last year to compile a 5-4 record and so four of the top six returning players are sophomores.

Sophs Julie Flynn (5-11) and Pam Frank (6-0) should occupy the double post on offense. Sophomore 5-8 guard Beth Ward, senior 5-3 guard Regi Mulcahy, junior 5-6 forward Kathy Jackovitz and sophomore 5-2 guard Maria White should compete for the remaining positions.

With the start of her season more than two months (Jan. 24) away, Krainak must wait until the volleyball season ends before fully evaluating her forces. HOWARD

Offense should be no problem at Howard, where seven players, including four starters, return from a squad that was 15-8 and won the Capital Collegiate Conference tournament a year ago.

Winsome Davidson, a 5-11 forward who averaged 16 points and 15 rebounds last season, heads the list of returnees, along with 5-9 forward Charlene Marks, 5-2 guard Jacqueline Taylor and 5-8 guard Debra Preston.

The Bison freshmen bonuses are Julie Murphy, an All-Met forward who pulled down 18 rebounds a game at H. D. Woodson, and 5-8 guard Debra Davis, a Berkeley, Calif., native who averaged 22 points her senior high school season. MARYLAND

Coach Chris Weller would like to prove that the Terrapins' No. 5 preseason ranking by WomenSports magazine is no fluke. Maryland, however, will have to negotiate a schedule that includes national powers North Carolina State, Immaculata, UCLA, St. Joseph's of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh if it hopes to improve on last season's 17-6 record and 16th rating in the coaches' polls.

Tara Heiss was named a preseason All-America as a junior last year and went on to average 14.7 points and 4.8 assists. This season, the Terps' point guard was not picked to any early squads.

In all, Maryland has three returning starters and nine of last year's 13 team members back. The other veteran starters are 6-1 junior forward Dibbie Stewart (12.7 points, 7.6 rebounds) and 5-10 junior forward Jane Zivalich (8.6 points. 5.8 rebounds). Senior forward Debbie Jones was a part-time starter last season.

Junior defensive specialist Doreen Lefeged and shooter Betsy Bailey, a freshman from Marshall High School, should see plenty of action at guard.

Center Krystal Kimrey, a 6-5 sophomore must earn playing time. Mary Briese, a 5-10 senior small forward, should see plenty of action. MONY.-ROCKVILLE

First-year coach Cynthia Changuris hopes to improve on last year's 3-12 record but must wait until the field-hockey season is over before knowing exactly who will be going out for basketball. Tryouts begin Nov. 28.

The only players Changuris is certain will be returning are forwards Sharon Long (5-9) and Eileen McLucas (5-8), and 5-3 guard Sara Donahew. NAVY

Coach Dave Smalley hasn't had to worry about recruiting yet. With Navy admitting its first women's class last season, he has most of last year's 10-1, MAIAW Division 2 tournament-championship squad returning as sophomores.

The four starters returning are Kathy Walsh, a 5-8 forward who led the Mids with 21 points per game and nine rebounds: Cathy Rayhill, a 5-11 center who totaled 13 points and 11 rebounds per contest; Sue Keller, a 5-6 guard, and Sue Stapler, a 5-9 forward.

Chris Lewis, a 5-7 guard, shared the remaining starting position last year.

Smalley is encouraged by two local recruits - Sheila Fox, a 5-3 guard from Pallotti High School, and 5-9 forward Bernie Boska from Hayfield. PRINCE GEORGE'S

Coach Barbara Bauer has two starters back from last year's fast-breaking 17-5 team.

Center Karen Ryland, who stands 6-1, and Peggy Fineran, a 5-6 forward, should regain their starting spots.

Other veterans are 5-2 guard Kim Pleassant, 5-8 forward Eileen Schryer and 5-7 forward Linda Curry. SOUTHEASTERN Southeastern hopes postal clerk Constance Mckinnon can deliver the squad, in its first season of varsity play, to a first-class competitive level.

"We'll be ironing out a lot of wrinkles our first season," said McKinnon, whose team will play a limited, eight-game schedule. "But by our second year, we'll definitely be stronger."

Cynthia Alexander, a 6-foot center, and 5-10 forwards Cassandra Hunter and Cynthia Long hold much of Southeastern's scoring and rebounding potential, while McKinnon is looking for a backcourt mate for 5-8 guard Gwendolyn Rutledge. UDC

With little height to work with and even less experience pooled from Federal City and D.C. Teachers, University of the District of Columbia coach Cynthia Hall will be relying on speed and quickness to carry the first-year school.

Hall, who was [WORD ILLEGIBLE] women's athletics at FCC, has [WORD ILLEGIBLE] passer in point guard Dierdre Pryde. The 4-11 sophomore, who averaged 14 points a game at D.C. Teachers last season, will be joined in the backcourt by speedy Jackie Lucas.

UDC is young up front and may need more height than 5-10 sophomore Shirley Day can provide. Day, 5-9 Tyrie Wharton and 5-8 Linda Eborn, who averaged 15 points at Wilson High, are all first-year players and hold UDC's rebounding strength. VIRGINIA

The Cavaliers suffered their first losing season (10-11) last year and are looking for a fresh start with coach Debbie Ryan, an assistant at Virginia the past two years.

Ryan lured a pair of 5-10 freshmen forwards - Dori Gamble and Valerie Ackerman - from New Jersey to go with 5-7 junior Barbara Stenzel on the front line. Marilyn Beery, the Cavaliers' seconde-leading scorer (10.6 points a game) as a freshman, will move from forward to guard to direct the attack. Other experienced returnees include forwards Amy Easter, Mimi Hoffman and Paula Shorten, and guard Cecilia Bean. VIRGINIA TECH

The Gobblers' strenght rests with their veteran tandem of Kelly Bradley and Gail Kelley. Bradley, a 5-6 guard from O'Connell High in Arlington, was the state's second-leading collegiate percentage (.461) shooter last year, averaging 13 points as a freshman. Kelley, a 5-4 junior who was a national long jump qualifier the past two years, averaged 13 points as a spot starter.

The front line is bolstered by a pair of returning 5-7 forwards Barb Morris and Peg Bunger. MOUNT VERNON

First-year coach Marion Brown presently has only eight women out and is uncertain of her prospects for the season.

Immaculata and Mount Vernon have not completed their schedules yet and are too early in their preparations to project their teams.