Coppin State

November 13, 1998|By Kevin Eck

Coach: Jennie Hall, first season at Coppin State.

Affiliation: Mid-Eastern Athletic Association.

1997-98 record: 10-18 overall, 7-11 in MEAC.

Radio: Undecided.

Arena: Coppin Center (3,000).

Starters lost: Two.

Tickets: $5 for women's games, $8 for men's-women's doubleheader. Call 410-383-5607.

Best home game: Morgan State, Dec. 12. Matchup of inner-city rivals features players who are very familiar with each other.

Best visiting player: Teresa Jenkins, Florida A&M, Jan. 11. The versatile 6-6 senior is probably the best inside player in the conference.

Outlook: Hall, the Eagles' third coach in as many seasons, hopes to bring some stability to the program. The key will be replacing center Simone Adams, who averaged 10.4 points and 10.4 rebounds and set a school record with 63 blocks. That void and a roster that features nine players with one year or less of playing experience probably adds up to another rebuilding season. On the positive side, eight players return, including All-MEAC guard Liesha Mitchell. If fully recovered from a knee injury, point guard Alicia Ritchie and Mitchell could combine to form a strong backcourt. The Eagles will be tested by a nonconference schedule that includes Michigan, Miami (Fla.), George Mason and Maryland.

Around the league: Hampton is predicted to win the conference, with Howard, Florida A&M and UMES providing strong

competition.

Returning players

Name -- Trisha Allen

Yr. -- Sr.

Ht. -- 5-9

Pos. -- G/F

Fast breaks -- Second-leading returning scorer (14.4 ppg).

Name -- Ayesha Dockery

Yr. -- Jr.

Ht. -- 5-11

Pos. -- F

Fast breaks -- Slowed by knee injury last season.

Name -- Javonti Jones

Yr. -- So.

Ht. -- 5-8

Pos. -- G

Fast breaks -- Started 16 games last season.

Name -- Liesha Mitchell

Yr. -- Jr.

Ht. -- 5-10

Pos. -- G

Fast breaks -- Led MEAC in assists (3.9).

Name -- Alicia Ritchie

Yr. -- Jr.

Ht. -- 5-4

Pos. -- G

Yr. -- Tore ACL 6 minutes into last season's opener.

Name -- Gloria Schley

Yr. -- So.

Ht. -- 5-11

Pos. -- F/C

Fast breaks -- Solid rebounder with good touch around basket.

Name -- Danielle Scott

Yr. -- Sr.

Ht. -- 5-6

Pos. -- G

Fast breaks -- Reserve has showed knack for hitting big shot.

Name -- Kristi Webb

Yr. -- Jr.

Ht. -- 5-9

Pos. -- F

Fast breaks -- Came on strong before season-ending knee injury.

Newcomers

Name -- Kiesha Brooks

Yr. -- So.

Ht. -- 5-10

Pos. -- G/F

Fast breaks -- Physical, intense transfer from American U.

Name -- DoWare Merchant

Yr. -- Fr.

Ht. -- 6-2

Pos. -- C

Fast breaks -- Helped lead Oakland Mills to 1A state title.

@Name -- Shannon Muir

Yr. -- Fr.

Ht. -- 5-10

Pos. -- G/F

Fast breaks -- Can play both forward spots.

Name -- Jacqulynn Johnson-Stewart

Yr. -- Fr.

Ht. -- 6-2

Pos. -- F/C

Fast breaks -- Expected to help pick up slack in the middle.

Name -- Kigen Waugh

Yr. -- Fr.

Ht. -- 6-0

Pos. -- F

Fast breaks -- Adds depth to frontcourt.

Name -- Nakeisha Williams

Yr. -- Fr.

Ht. -- 5-6

Pos. -- G

Fast breaks -- Possesses nice outside shot.

Pub Date: 11/13/98

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