Kris Krichner of Maryland did not have the statistical season many had predicted, but the 6-foot-3 center still stood out among area women basketball players and is The Washington Post's player of the year.
Kirchner is one of five sophomores selected to The Post's first All-Metropolitan women's college team.
Despite being double and triple-teamed, Kirchner managed 13.6 points per game to lead the Terps in scoring. She was second on the team in steals (43), led in rebounding (9.0) and recorded 80 blocked shots.
The New Providence, N.J., native accomplished all that while playing less than 30 minutes per game because of tendinitis in both kness.
Her real value was apparent in the late minutes of important games, during which Kirchner took charge. She scored the last seven points of the game to deal Cheyney State its only loss of the season in the AIAW regionals; blocked three consecutive North Carolina shots in the waning minutes to preserve a Terrapin victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals, and came off the bench to score 24 points in 27 minutes against N.C. State in the ACC final.
Two of Kirchner's teammates, sophomore shooting guard Betsy Bailey and senior forward Jane Zivalich, joinher on the 10-member team. Bailey averaged 12.2 points, shot 48 percent from the field and had a team-high 75-percent average from the free-throw line. Zivalich led the team in assists (92) and steals (58) while scoring at a 10.6-point clip and guarding many opponents' leading scorers.
The two freshmen selected were guards Barbara Jones of Bowie State and Colleen Cassidy of Navy. Jones averaged 18.4 points while shooting more than 50 percent to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 26.5 mark. Cassidy averaged 17.3 points and 4.3 assists.
Leaper Annette Rolle of Bowie State had the most impressive statistics of the 10 players. The power froward scored at an 18.6-point rate and pulled down an average of 13.5 rebounds.
Sandy Thomas of American earned her spot on the team by averaging 44 steals, five rebounds and 5.7 assists as a 5-4 playmaker. Georgetown guard Abbie Dillon scored 20 or more points six times en route to a 17.5 average.
Catholic had two players selected: junior guard Jane Connolly (17.7 ter Sharon Hodges (14.6 points, 12.8 rebounds).
The team:(TABLE) Name, School(COLUMN)Hgt.(COLUMN)Class Kris Kirchner, Maryland . . .(COLUMN)6-3(COLUMN)So. Betsy Bailey, Maryland . . .(COLUMN)5-9(COLUMN)So. Jane Zivalich, Maryland . . .(COLUMN)5-9(COLUMN)Sr. Jane Connolly, Catholic . . .(COLUMN)5-8(COLUMN)Jr. Sharon Hodges, Catholic . . .(COLUMN)5-11(COLUMN)So. Colleen Cassidy, Navy . . .(COLUMN)5-4(COLUMN)Fr. Annette Rolle, Bowie St. . . .(COLUMN)5-10(COLUMN)So. Barbara Jones Bowie St. . . .(COLUMN)5-6(COLUMN)Fr. Sandy Thomas, American . . .(COLUMN)5-4(COLUMN)Jr. Fr. Sandy Thomas, American . . .(COLUMN)5-4(COLUMN)Jr. Abbie Dillon, Georgetown . . .(COLUMN)5-8(COLUMN)So.(END TABLE)