First-year Coppin State women's basketball coach Britt King has vowed to give the school a winning program in the next two years, but all she and the Eagles did in December and early January was lose.
That's why King was smiling a little yesterday after Coppin State ended a six-game skid with a 64-56 victory over Morgan State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at Baltimore City Community College.
"I'll take a win no matter what it looks like," said King.
The Eagles have had to play all but the first six minutes of the first game without starting point guard Alicia Ritchie, who is out for the season with a knee injury.
Freshman Javonti Jones (10 points) has replaced Ritchie at point guard and has struggled at times but sophomore shooting guard Liesha Mitchell just keeps improving for Coppin.
Mitchell scored 20 points, had eight rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead Coppin (3-6, 1-2) past Morgan (2-10, 1-4).
Simone Adams had 16 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two steals, and Kristi Webb (St. Frances) added 11 points, 10 rebounds and five steals for Coppin.
Morgan was led by Monique Liddell's 20 points and four steals, but Liddell also had seven turnovers. Shakira Smith added 12 points for the Bears.
Towson 61, New Hampshire 60: LaTonya Joyner scored four of her 10 points in the final 1: 02 to lead the host Tigers (8-4, 4-1) over New Hampshire (4-8, 2-3) in an America East game.
Towson, which recorded its first win over the Wildcats in five meetings, is off to its best start since joining the league three years ago.
In a game that featured 15 ties and 11 lead changes, Towson had a 57-51 lead with 3: 35 left in the game. But New Hampshire tied it at 57 after going on a 6-0 run, which was highlighted by four consecutive free throws by Allison Godfrey.
Joyner broke the tie by hitting a 12-foot jumper with 1: 02 left and put the Tigers ahead 61-57 by converting a short baseline jumper 40 seconds later.
Freshman Jess Gordon led Towson with 13 points and eight rebounds, hitting six of 12 from the floor. Danita Smith added 11 points for the Tigers.
Radford 70, UMBC 50: The visiting Highlanders (4-10, 2-0) scored 13 straight points in the second half to pull away from the Retrievers (4-10, 1-1) in a Big South Conference game.
UMBC senior forward Kendra Damann, who scored a team-high 18 points, hit a short jump shot to bring UMBC within one, 40-39, with 11: 47 remaining. However, Radford extended its lead to 53-39 on a jumper by Kelli Tull, who scored seven points during the 13-point run that lasted five and a half minutes.
Hampton 91, UMES 64: Danielle Dawson scored 31 points to lead the Pirates over the host Hawks. Kristi Sheldon led UMES with 23 points.
Hampton led 47-32 at halftime behind 6-for-12 shooting from three-point range, then stayed in front by shooting 57 percent (16-for-28) in the second half.
Both teams combined for 66 turnovers.
Western Maryland 108, Bryn Mawr 29: Junior forward Kathi Snyder scored 20 points in 20 minutes and did not miss a shot as the host Green Terror (6-3, 2-1) rolled to a Centennial Conference win.
Western Maryland, which eclipsed the 100-point mark for just the second time in its 31-year women's basketball history, ended a three-game losing streak.
Snyder made all seven of her shots from the field and all six attempts from the foul line. She also pulled down eight rebounds.
Senior forward Katie Haley added 18 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Pub Date: 1/11/98