Morgan women rush past Coppin, 66-52

14-4 run dooms Eagles

Bears rise to 11-5 in MEAC

February 27, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Early in the second half last night, Lisa Mickens, Tamara Parham and Shakira Smith led a run for Morgan State that did in cross-town rival Coppin State at the Coppin Center.

Each put in two baskets apiece during a 14-4 run over seven minutes, providing the difference in a 66-52 win over the Eagles, offsetting a sluggish performance and assuring the Bears of no worse than a third-place finish in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

With the win, Morgan State (15-10, 11-5) also remained in contention for the No. 2 seed in the MEAC tournament, which begins March 6 in Richmond, Va. Coppin State (13-14, 11-7) remained in fourth place by virtue of Bethune-Cookman's loss to Florida A&M yesterday.

With the Eagles out of the way, the Bears look to Monday night's showdown with first-place Howard, a team it beat earlier in the season.

"This win feels real good, but you enjoy it and get ready for the next game," said Monique Liddell, who led all scorers with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and was a big part of the reason Coppin shot 21 percent in the second half, unable to get more than one shot on any trip up the floor.

Each team seemed to give the other opportunities to break the game open, but neither seemed willing to accept the offers in the first half. Coppin State didn't shoot particularly well from the field and couldn't make it to the free-throw line, but Morgan State couldn't capitalize -- it had 14 turnovers and shot 36 percent.

The Bears' turnovers -- including five in the first 2: 30 -- might have been just the opening Coppin State needed, but the Eagles shot only 30.8 percent.

So the half ended up pretty much even, Coppin State holding the largest lead of the period -- 24-20 with 6: 58 left -- but going to the break down 31-30.

The principal shooters for both teams -- Kiesha Brooks, Liesha Mitchell and Smith (12 points, 11 rebounds) -- combined to go 7 for 23 over the first 20 minutes. Smith got a little more help than the other two during a crucial stretch over the first seven minutes of the second half, when the Bears went on the run that gave them a 45-34 lead with 13: 09 left in the game.

Supporting player Parham finished with a 10 points and Angie Creek scored 11 off the bench, underscoring what Brooks and Mitchell -- who combined to shoot 10 for 42 -- thought separated the two teams.

"Their bench came in fired up and ready to play," said Brooks, who scored 11 points. "We couldn't match their intensity, and it really showed."

MORGAN STATE -- Alston 1-4 1-4 3, Liddell 5-7 3-7 13, Parham 5-5 0-0 10, Mickens 2-2 2-3 6, Smith 4-14 3-8 12, Creek 5-12 1-4 11, Cornish 2-8 2-2 6, Harris 1-6 3-6 5, Scott 0-2 0-0 0. Totals25-60 15-34 66.

COPPIN STATE -- Brooks 4-20 2-3 11, Dockery 2-5 2-3 6, Webb 2-5 1-3 5, Mitchell 6-22 0-1 12, Jones 1-8 0-0 2, Williams 0-0 3-6 3, Singleterry 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson-Stewart 5-13 1-1 11, Muir 1-8 0-0 2. Totals 21-82 9-17 52.

Half--Morgan State 31-30. 3-point goals--MS 1-6 (Smith 1-5, Cornish 0-1); CS 1-9 (Brooks 1-3, Mitchell 0-2, Muir 0-2, Jones 0-1, Singleterry 0-1). Fouled out--Mickens, Brooks, Webb. Rebounds--MS 53 (Smith 11); CS 56 (Brooks 12). Assists--MS 11 (Smith 5); CS 11 (Brooks 5). Total fouls--MS 17; CS 29. A--2,125.

Pub Date: 2/27/00

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