Morgan State women lose lead, then game to Coppin, 57-52

February 09, 1997|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Morgan State is finding out what life will be like the rest of the season without guard Kaira Warfield.

Yesterday, the Bears went ahead by eight points early in the second half at Coppin State, then went more than eight minutes without a field goal. And the Eagles took advantage, rallying for a 57-52 victory that left the teams in a fourth-place tie in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Senior forward Lisa Briggs led Coppin (6-12, 6-5) with 19 points despite picking up her fourth foul with almost 11 minutes left. She also made seven of eight free throws after halftime.

Senior guards Faith McGriff and Karla Warfield, Kaira's sister, had 11 points for Morgan (9-10, 6-5).

Kaira Warfield, the Bears' leading scorer at 12.1 points a game, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee during Monday's loss to Howard. Without her, Morgan went on an 11-2 run early in the second half to take a 34-26 lead, the biggest for either team.

The Eagles moved back in front, 47-46 with 4: 54 left on two Briggs free throws, and led by five before Morgan rallied again.

Two layups by McGriff, the second after a steal, cut the Eagles' lead to 53-52. She missed a baseline jumper, and two free throws each by freshman center Simone Adams and Briggs sealed the win.

"I told them the second half would be won with defense," said Coppin coach Tori Harrison. "The last four or five minutes, they buckled down."

Pub Date: 2/09/97

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