Mitchell helps Coppin State run away from S.C. State 17-2 run in second half rallies Eagles to 69-58 win

January 18, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

For the first time in Liesha Mitchell's career, her family came from Philadelphia to see her play in Baltimore.

After the sophomore guard's performance during yesterday's 69-58 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over South Carolina State, Coppin State coach Britt King wouldn't mind seeing her folks at the Coppin Center more often.

Mitchell scored 25 points, 18 in the second half, as the Eagles (4-8, 2-4 MEAC) erased an eight-point second-half deficit and avoided a third consecutive loss while giving S.C. State (2-8, 1-5) its seventh loss in a row.

"She played out of her mind today," King said of Mitchell, one of three Coppin players to score in double figures. "Today, she just took control of the game."

The Eagles, held to 31 percent shooting in the first half, made 61 percent of their shots in the second, thanks to a flurry of layups by Mitchell. She also had six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

All of the steals came during a 17-2 run that took Coppin from an eight-point deficit to a seven-point lead in the span of eight minutes.

Mitchell, who hit only two of nine field-goal attempts in the first half, scored 10 points during that run, putting Coppin State ahead 50-43 with 9: 41 remaining. She hit nine of 11 shots in the second half.

Twana Wright hit a jump shot to cut Coppin's lead to 50-45 at the 9: 25 mark, but that was as close as S.C. State would get. The Bulldogs had led by 15 at 27-12 midway through the first half.

Pub Date: 1/18/98

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