Coppin StateCoach: Jennie Hall, second season at Coppin...

November 16, 1999

Coppin State

Coach: Jennie Hall, second season at Coppin State (13-14).

Affiliation: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

1998-99 record: 13-14 (11-7 MEAC).

Radio: None.

Arena: Coppin Center (3,000).

Tickets: $8 general admission, $5 students, $4 special groups. Call 410-383-5607.

Starters lost: Two.

Outlook: Few schools can produce a duo equal to Kiesha Brooks and Liesha Mitchell, both expected to earn first-team MEAC honors. Brooks (16.6 ppg, 11.5 rpg) is good for a double double every night, and Mitchell (15.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg) is effective on both ends of the floor. The problem last season was that the rest of the Eagles contributed only 28 more points. Coppin State is hoping that Jackie Johnson-Stewart will continue to improve and that Shequera Dickerson can become a taller version of the departed Trisha Allen.

Christian Ewell

Home-grown Eagle

Kiesha Brooks

Year: Junior

Pos.: Guard-forward

Ht.: 5-10

Tipping off: Farquar Middle School in Olney

High school: Sherwood High School in Olney

Selecting a college: Chose Coppin after one season at American. "The school was small, so you got one-on-one attention with teachers, and it was an up-and-coming program."

Biggest influence: Grandfather, Milton Gibson. "He's been here since Day One."

Home court: Olney Manor or Longwood Recreation Center

Running mate: Old friends Maurice Collier, John Boima and Brian Dove. "They really taught me the game."

Talking trash: "I don't trash talk at all. I let my game speak for myself. People try to get me to talk, but that tends to lead only to more talk, so I just smile."

Hoop idol: Dawn Staley


Coach: Cindy Anderson, second season at Loyola (17-6).

Affiliation: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

1998-99 record: 21-7 (13-5 MAAC).

Radio: None.

Arena: Reitz Arena (3,000).

Tickets: $5 general admission, $8 reserved. Call 410-617-2283.

Starters lost: Four.

Outlook: Four starters are gone from a talented team that has flirted with NCAA bids the past two seasons, but there is enough returning talent and highly regarded newcomers to create high hopes for Anderson, who replaced Pat Coyle last Dec. 16. Senior forward Jen Bongard and junior point guard Shannon Cohen headline the returning players, and junior power forward Erica Rath is expected to bounce back after missing the final two months last season with torn knee ligaments.

Bill Free

Home-grown Greyhound

Shannon Cohen

Year: Junior

Pos.: Guard

Ht.: 5-6

Tipping off: Lutherville-Timonium Recreation League

High school: Mercy

Selecting a college: "I met with the Loyola coaching staff and they offered me a chance to reach my potential."

Biggest influence: Parents, Stan and Kathy Cohen. "They were always behind me and encouraged me to keep going."

Home court: Lutherville and Timonium elementary schools

Running mate: Nikki Teasley, St. John's Prospect Hall and North Carolina. "She played on my AAU team, the Maryland Hurricanes, and it was a great feeling just to watch her play."

Talking trash: "It was fun to play in high school against two of my teammates, Andrea Pinhero and Charity Carbine, from the AAU Waves. We'd laugh every time we walked by each other."

Hoop idol: None


Coach: Jennifer Bednarek, second season at UMBC (13-14), third overall (22-33).

Affiliation: Northeast Conference.

1998-99 record: 13-14 (11-9 NEC).

Radio: None.

Arena: Retriever Activities Center (4,024).

Tickets: $6 general admission, $3 non-UMBC students with ID. Call 410-455-2126.

Starters lost: Two.

Outlook: UMBC's biggest concern will be replacing Monica Logan, who led the nation in rebounding and was the team's second-leading scorer. Otherwise, the Retrievers return Jami Lange (16.0 ppg, 3.4 apg), the NEC Newcomer of the Year, and Sheila Johnson, an all-rookie NEC pick. Jessie Brown probably will play point guard, and fellow freshman Shalayna Johnson, a two-time scoring champion in the D.C. area, could provide consistent offense.

Christian Ewell

Home-grown Retriever

Sheila Johnson

Year: Sophomore

Pos.: Forward

Ht.: 5-9

Tipping off: Clinton Boys & Girls Club, 10 years old

High school: Frederick Douglass in Upper Marlboro

Selecting a college: Picked UMBC over Morgan State. "I weighed which school was on the rise."

Biggest influence: Father, Leon Johnson. "He taught me how to play."

Home court: Andrews AFB, or Melwood Park, across from her home in Upper Marlboro.

Running mate: Her father, her older brother, Christopher, and Tiffany Thompson, who now plays at Old Dominion.

Talking trash: "I do occasionally participate for the purposes of taking my opponents out of their normal rhythm of the game. I usually don't initiate it, but once it starts, I like to continue it."

Hoop idol: Teresa Weatherspoon.


Coach: Trina Patterson, first season at UMES, eighth overall (92-128).

Affiliation: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

1998-99 record: 11-17 (7-11 MEAC).

Radio: None.

Arena: Hytche Athletic Center (5,500).

Tickets: $6 adults, $3 children or students with ID. Call 410-651-6496.

Starters lost: Two.

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