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December 3, 2012

Lady Bobcats drop conference opener

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Nationally-ranked Mary Washington grabbed the lead early and kept it, handing Frostburg State a 69-53 loss in its Capital Athletic Conference women’s baskeball opener on Saturday.

Mary Washington (5-1), No. 19 in the USA Today Division III Coaches Poll, had four scorers reach double figures. Sam Partonen had 15 points for the Eagles, outrebounded Frostburg 53-26 and had 10 blocked shots. Carol Dye had 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks.

Frostburg’s Elaina Hummel, who went 9 for 10 from the foul line, had a game-high 17 points. The Bobcats (2-3, who trailed 35-24 at halftime, got to within four early in the second half, but were unable to get any closer.

Deara Parker grabbed eight rebounds for the Bobcats, who will host Shenandoah on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

And he couldn’t have found a better place to end the drought than Sherwood Country Club.

Even with the course playing longer than ever in a light rain, McDowell closed with a 4-under 68 on Sunday and held off Keegan Bradley with a pair of superb short-game shots that carried him to a three-shot win in the World Challenge.

It was the 10th time in 12 rounds at Sherwood that McDowell has shot in the 60s, and he extended his dominance on the course that Jack Nicklaus carved out among the foothills of Conejo Valley. In three appearances, McDowell has won twice and was runner-up.

McDowell won for the first time since he beat Tiger Woods in a playoff at Sherwood to close out a dream season in 2010 that included his first major at the U.S. Open and the winning point for Europe at the Ryder Cup.

Bradley, who was within one shot after a birdie on the fifth hole, closed with a 69. Bo Van Pelt had a 70 to finish third. Woods, the tournament host and five-time champion, was never in the picture. He didn’t make birdie until the 13th hole and shot 71 to tie for fourth.

Bradley’s birdie on the 13th hole for a two-shot swing brought him within two shots with five holes to play. McDowell never let him get any closer, however. He hit a beautiful lag putt from 75 feet just off the green at No. 14 for an easy par, then hit a chip from behind the 17th green that he was hopeful of getting within 6 feet of the cup. The ball was one turn from falling for birdie.

McDowell made a 6-foot birdie on the 18th that he didn’t really need to finish on 17-under 271 and earn $1 million against the 18-man field.

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