Florida A&M women oust Morgan in semis Taller Rattlers roll in second half, 64-49

March 08, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

NORFOLK, Va. -- Morgan State's women did about as well as they could yesterday against a physically superior team.

In the end, second-seeded Florida A&M had too much size and mercurial point guard Delicia Walker and pulled away from the Bears, 64-49, in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament semifinals at Echols Hall.

It might have been a different game had third-seeded Morgan (15-13) converted a slew of easy chances in the first half, but the shots wouldn't fall and the Bears had to rally to get within two (21-19) by halftime.

"We executed the game plan and could have walked away leading," Morgan coach Darcel Estep said. "But we couldn't buy a bucket. It's so tough, doing what you want and not being able to get the bonuses.

The Bears were 5-for-27 in the first half (18.5 percent).

With 6-foot-6 Teresa Jenkins, 6-3 Shantell Jackson, 6-2 Tomeika Peterson and more size in reserve, Florida A&M began to dominate inside in the second half after Morgan had played some gritty defense.

And Walker hit a key three-pointer during a 9-0 Rattlers run that pushed them to a 46-34 lead and took Morgan out of serious contention.

"They started pressing us, and we were trying to get the ball out of our hands instead of just letting things develop," Estep said. "We were bothering ourselves."

Despite the loss, Morgan finished with its highest seeding in the tournament in 17 years and a winning season. It also led the MEAC in scoring defense.

Meanwhile, the Rattlers ran their record to 12-0 against Morgan since they rejoined the league in 1993 and advanced to today's championship against Howard.

"I told my team we can't let this one game take away what it accomplished this year," Estep said. "They believed in the system."

Karmen Gadsen topped Florida A&M with 14 points, Jenkins had seven blocks and Walker five of the team's 19 steals.

Howard 88, UMES 63: Alisha Hill had a game-high 34 points and 14 rebounds as Howard rolled to victory in the other semifinal.

UMES finished with four players in double figures, led by Aileene Frazer's 16 points.

UMES -- Sheldon 3-8 4-4 11, Brown 4-8 3-6 11, Simmons 1-3 0-0 2, Council 1-11 2-2 4, Frazer 4-10 8-12 16, Appleberry 1-7 0-0 3, Little 4-12 0-1 10, Thomas 0-2 1-3 1, Wilson 1-1 3-4 5. Totals 19-62 21-32 63.

HOWARD -- Hunter 3-7 4-4 10, Graves 5-10 3-4 13, Boyd 1-5 4-4 7, Hynes 2-6 1-2 5, Ford 0-2 0-2 0, Gardner 0-4 0-1 0, Carter 1-1 1-2 3, Screen 1-5 0-0 2, Thompson 1-3 0-0 12, Hill 13-20 8-13 34. Totals 31-74 25-37 88.

Halftime--Howard 42-25. Rebounds--UMES 41 (Brown 8), Howard 64 (Hill 14). Assists--UMES 4 (Frazer 4), Howard 20 (Hynes 8). A--NA.

Pub Date: 3/08/97

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