Coppin, Loyola finish Big Four sweeps

December 06, 1992|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

Tori Harrison was one of Baltimore's best all-time high school girls basketball players at Towson Catholic and an all-American at Louisiana Tech.

So, with such a history of excellence, could anyone expect her not to start her career as coach of Coppin State's women's basketball team with perfection as well?

Harrison's Eagles drubbed UMBC, 75-55, in the second game of the Big Four Classic last night at the Coppin Center to go 2-0.

"I owe all the credit to my team. They did everything I asked them to do. But I am very, very excited," said Harrison.

In last night's opener, Loyola held off a late charge from Towson State to beat the Tigers, 66-51, and give the two city schools a sweep over the two suburban schools in the two-night round-robin tournament.

The Eagles were never seriously threatened, as they outscored UMBC, 20-9, to open the game and led 38-21 at halftime.

Coppin scored the first 11 points of the second half, thanks to its senior backcourt of LaShawn Scott, Karen Russell and Tarese Hatch.

Meanwhile, the Retrievers (1-2), who lost, 72-66, Friday night to Loyola, could do little right, as Coppin hounded them into 16 turnovers with tight defensive pressure, and sealed them off the boards, out-rebounding UMBC.

In the first game of last night's doubleheader, the Greyhounds (2-1) outran and outshot the slower Tigers (0-4), blowing open a close game.

Loyola struggled early with Towson State, shooting just 38 percent in the first half, and allowing the Tigers to creep back into the game, just minutes after the Greyhounds appeared to have it sewn up.

Leading 27-25 at halftime, Loyola again looked to be on the verge of running the Tigers out of the Coppin Center, going on a 12-4 spurt over a six-minute span.

But, even after Towson fell behind by 14 after coach Ellen Fitzkee drew a double technical protesting a call at midcourt, the Tigers made one last push, drawing to 53-45 with 3:09 left.

Russell and Hatch joined Stoffey and UMBC's Missy Quille and Tonia Matter and Towson's Danielle Barry on the all-tournament team.

. Loyola 66, Towson State 51

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