Howard women rout Coppin State

March 07, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. -- Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year Alisha Hill overpowered Coppin State yesterday for 24 points and 11 rebounds, leading top seed Howard University to a 70-46 victory over the fifth-seeded Eagles in the semifinals of the MEAC tournament.

Hill, stinging from a one-point performance in a 64-59 regular-season loss to Coppin, gained some redemption yesterday with an impressive all-around show that ended the Eagles' season on a dismal note.

Hill scored 18 points and had nine rebounds in the second half when the Bison (22-6) dominated every phase of the game against the reeling Eagles (10-18).

Hill not only scored often inside, but stepped out to the foul line for several jump shots.

Hill said: "In that loss to Coppin, I took myself emotionally somewhere I never should have been and it won't happen again. Coppin and other teams can put three people on me, but we can still win if I don't take myself out of games."

Coppin's leading scorer, Liesha Mitchell, bothered by a sprained ankle, was limited to 11 points.

COPPIN STATE -- Mitchell 5-12 0-2 11, Jones 0-8 1-3 1, Falline 3-13 0-0 7, Allen 6-12 0-2 12, Adams 5-11 3-3 13, Adair 0-7 0-0 0, Dockery 0-1 0-0 0, Scott 0-1 0-3 0, Schley 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-66 4-13 46.

HOWARD -- Ford 0-4 2-4 2, Boyd 5-9 1-3 14, Hunter 2-4 3-6 7, Carter 1-2 0-0 2, Hill 11-17 2-3 24, Curvey 0-1 0-2 0, Lambert 0-2 2-6 2, Gardner 0-3 4-4 4, Washington 4-8 0-0 8, Baker 1-4 3-6 5, Screen 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-55 17-34 70.

Halftime--Howard 29-16. 3-point goals--CSU 2-18 (Mitchell 1-5, Jones 0-5, Falline 1-3, Allen 0-1, Adair 0-3, Scott 0-1). HU 3-12 (Ford 0-1, Boyd 3-7, Gardner 0-3, Washington 0-1). Fouled out--Allen, Adams. Rebounds--CSU 36 (Adams 7), HU 54 (Hill 11). Assists--CSU 7 (Jones, Adair 2), HU 18 (Ford 10). Total fouls--CSU 25, HU 12.

Pub Date: 3/07/98

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