Morgan's defense sets tone in 64-40 throttling of UMES

Bears move to semifinals by letting Council shoot

MEAC women

March 09, 2000|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. -- University of Maryland Eastern Shore guard Nicole Council had just made her second straight three-pointer early in the second half, cutting the Morgan State lead to 15 when the predictable happened.

Timeout, Morgan State.

It turned out to be a wise move by Bears coach Gerard Garlic, whose team ran off the next six points and pretty much sealed a 64-40 victory in the quarterfinals of the women's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament last night.

Morgan State (17-11) will play the winner of Norfolk State and Florida A&M in the semifinals tomorrow at 7 p.m.

"They were quick to call that timeout, then we couldn't put together another run," UMES coach Trina Patterson said. "That second run should have come from another player on our team. We can do it, but we just didn't do it tonight."

Really, last night was the wrong night to look for somebody else to step up for UMES (9-19). Council scored 22 of the Hawks' points, and no one else had over six. The tone was set in the first half, when the Bears went on a 22-7 run to open up a 24-12 lead.

They were content to let Council shoot away, but played a tight man-to-man and held the Hawks to 25 percent shooting in the first half, opening up a 32-14 halftime lead. Council even had to use 22 shots to get her points.

"Coach told me to stay in her shirt," Bears guard Shakira Smith said. "The shots that I gave her were the shots she were going to throw up, not open shots."

Garlic kept his team in man-to-man the whole game, a change from the two regular-season meetings, which the teams split.

"We also limited them to one shot per attempt when they came down the court," Garlic said.

The defense led to some good shots on offense for the Bears, who were led by forward Monique Liddell's 21 points and nine rebounds.

Smith also added 10 points.

"At halftime, I told them to stay aggressive," Garlic said. "We had to play like we weren't winning the game. That meant playing aggressive the final 20 minutes."

UMES -- Elohim 1-6 0-2 2, Frazier 0-4 1-2 1, Council 7-22 5-6 22, Dowell 2-9 0-2 4, Johnson 0-1 2-2 2, Fields 0-2 0-0 0, Appleberry 1-3 0-0 3, Thompson 2-6 1-2 6, Coleman 0-1 0-0 0, Howard 0-2 0-0 0, Hayes 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 13-58 9-16 40.

MORGAN STATE -- Alston 4-7 0-0 8, Mickens 1-2 4-4 6, Smith 3-11 3-4 10, Parham 2-5 0-0 4, Liddell 9-14 3-7 21, Creek 2-4 2-2 6, Cornish 1-9 0-0 2, Harris 1-3 0-0 2, Scott 2-7 1-2 5. Totals 25-62 13-19 64.

Half--Morgan State, 32-14. 3-point goals--UMES 5-21 (Appleberry 1-3, Thompson 1-4, Council 3-10, Elohim 0-1, Frazier 0-1, Fields 0-2); MS 1-4 (Smith 1-1, Cornish 0-1, Scott 0-2). Fouled out--Frazier. Rebounds--UMES 42 (Council 7); MS 45 (Liddell 9). Assists--UMES 7 (Frazier 2); MS 11 (Creek 3). Total fouls--UMES 18; MS 16. A--2,107. Pub Date: 3/09/00

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