Liddell gets good news, Towson bad

Morgan forward named to MEAC first team, then scores 23 in Tigers' defeat

February 22, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Morgan State women's basketball player Monique Liddell got a surprise before yesterday's game against Towson, then delivered a performance that typified her season during a 65-56 victory at the Towson Center.

The senior first got the news that she had been a first-team selection in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference -- an honor expected to go to teammate Shakira Smith -- then had 23 points and 11 rebounds in helping the Bears (14-10) break a two-game losing streak.

Liddell, a 6-foot forward from Sacramento, Calif., was tabbed along with MEAC Coach of the Year Gerard Garlic and second-team selection Smith after averaging 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, while shooting a league-leading 57.4 percent from the field.

As the No. 3 scorer and No. 4 rebounder in Morgan State history, Liddell believed herself worthy, but was still taken aback that she was being recognized. "I was shocked," she said. "I've had a better year this year, but I don't think I've had an excellent year."

During the game, it was Liddell who helped lift the Bears out of a minor rut, scoring the team's first eight points over the first three minutes of the game. She gave Morgan State its largest lead of the first half, 31-20 at the 2: 47 mark, on the way to a 37-27 halftime edge.

With forward Shniece Perry handed a one-game suspension immediately before the game for conduct detrimental to the team, the Tigers got out-rebounded for the game 50-40. Towson (7-17) also had trouble stifling Morgan's up-tempo urges and sent the hard-charging Bears to the line for an abnormally high 13 foul shots in the first half.

"Morgan State did a good job of forcing their tempo," said Towson coach Ellen Fitzkee, whose team was led by Michele Lanigan's 10 points. "In the first half, there was an issue that we thought that we would be on the line, and we ended up putting them on the line."

In the second half, Morgan eventually pushed its lead to 55-42 on Chanelle Scott's layup with 7: 56 left in the game. But the team wasn't safe until the last forty seconds, and only then because of Towson's rash of missed layups and free throws.

MORGAN STATE -- Parham 0-2 0-0 0, Liddell 6-10 11-13 23, Allison 1-2 0-1 2, Mickens 0-3 2-2 2, Smith 3-15 5-8 12, Creek 2-3 2-2 6, Cornish 1-8 0-0 2, Harris 3-10 2-5 8, Scott 5-8 0-3 10. Totals 21-61 22-34 65.

TOWSON -- Wright 1-2 0-0 2, McGowan 2-11 0-0 5, Jones 1-5 0-0 2, Chapman 2-6 2-6 7, Lanigan 5-6 0-1 10, Simpson 1-3 6-9 8, Haefner 1-4 1-1 3, Johnson 3-6 0-0 6, Pilione 2-7 3-4 7, Russell 0-0 0-0 0, Baron 2-6 2-4 6. Totals 20-56 14-25 56.

Half--Morgan State 37-27. 3-point goals--Morgan 1-7 (Smith 1-5, Cornish 0-1, Harris 0-1); Towson 2-14 (McGowan 1-5, Chapman 1-3, Haefner 0-2, Pilione 0-2, Lanigan 0-1, Simpson 0-1). Fouled out--Liddell, Wright. Rebounds--Morgan 50 (Liddell 11); Towson 40 (Baron 10). Assists--Morgan 11 (Smith 4); Towson 14 (Lanigan 5). Total fouls--Morgan 22; Towson 26. A--429.

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