Morgan women bounced by Hampton rally, 63-48 Pirates' late surge halts Bears in quarters

March 05, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. -- When Hampton University's Danielle Dawson began hitting three-pointers from all over the court in the second half last night, the end was clearly in sight for upset-minded Morgan State in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women's tournament.

Dawson, a first-team All-MEAC choice, was virtually unstoppable from beyond the arc in the second half as she tossed in three of four three-pointers during a 17-point scoring binge that carried second-seeded Hampton to a come-from-behind 63-48 victory over seventh-seeded Morgan.

Dawson finished with a game-high 19 points to help wipe out a 30-24 halftime lead for Morgan, which led by as many as 10 in the first 20 minutes.

The Bears, who finished the season 6-14 in the MEAC and 8-20 overall, used an effective full-court press to baffle the Pirates in the first half and grab a 28-18 lead with 1: 25 left in the half.

Morgan had a chance to push the lead to 12 with a little more than one minute left in the first half when Tressan Dugan had an open 12-footer in the lane but the shot rolled off the rim, and the Bears faded badly from that point.

Hampton (17-2, 21-6) not only cut the lead to six at halftime but took the lead, 40-39, on a Dawson three-pointer with 14: 02 left in the game and never looked back.

Hampton then put the game away with a 15-0 run during a six-minute stretch that gave the Pirates a 57-41 lead with 4: 55 left.

Morgan coach Darcel Estep said, "Our inability to box out on the boards really caught up to us during that Hampton run and it killed us. The second half mirrored our whole season. We were mediocre. We played great in the first half and showed how much we wanted to win but then we started doing all the little things wrong."

Freshmen Morgan guards Shakira Smith and Lisa Mickens each scored 10 points to lead the Bears and both players said they "were crushed" by the loss after playing so well in the first half.

Pub Date: 3/05/98

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