Coppin beaten at the buzzer

Hampton's Noa scores to defeat Eagles, 67-65

MEAC women

March 10, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. -- In a realization of Derek Brown's greatest fear of the day, a Hampton guard ended the season for his Coppin State women's basketball team.

Lineni Noa made a 12-foot jumper at the buzzer to down the Eagles last night, 67-65, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference quarterfinal game.

Before his team left Baltimore, Brown remembered Noa -- along with Jessica Faust and Lashondra Dixon -- as sowing the seeds of his team's defeat during a 73-57 Hampton victory on Jan. 22.

This time, after a jumper by Javonti Jones and a free throw tied the game with 12.4 seconds left, Noa looked at the clock running down, stepped forward, and sent a shot beyond the outstretched arms of Coppin's Shannon Muir and into the basket.

"I'm speechless. I don't know what to say," said Noa, who had 12 points, as did Faust and Joy Roberson, and took a victory lap around the Richmond Coliseum floor. "Anyone would be excited if they hit the winning shot."

"I thought we did everything we could have done," said Liesha Mitchell, who scored a game-high 20 points and was one of those nearby when Noa's shot went up. "Shannon was in her area and put her arms up -- that's all she could do, and the shot fell."

The Eagles (13-15) did everything they could do to challenge the Pirates (14-14), who now face league champion Howard today at noon. In the second half, they limited the penetration of Faust, Dixon and Noa.

Ayesha Dockery, Kristi Webb and Muir contributed offensively, as they were challenged to after a regular season-ending loss to Morgan State. But Kiesha Brooks struggled from the field and eventually sat out the last 10 minutes with leg cramps.

"This has not been the first time that [Brooks] has been out, and the players usually play harder when she's not out there," Brown said. "I don't think we could have played any harder."

With 90 seconds left and Coppin leading 62-59, Webb missed the front end of a one-and-one. Faust tied the game with a trey at 1: 21, then consecutive Coppin turnovers led to a Noa free throw and a Faust lay-in for a 65-62 Hampton lead with 48 seconds to go.

"If a team stays close, anything can happen at the end," Brown said. "It was their luck at the end; they have a fantastic player who made a big-time play."

COPPIN STATE -- Mitchell 10-18 0-0 20, Jones 2-6 3-4 7, Brooks 3-11 0-0 8, Dockery 3-5 0-2 6, Johnson-Stewart 4-5 1-1 9, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Dickerson 0-2 0-0 0, Muir 3-6 0-1 8, Webb 3-6 1-3 7. Totals 28-60 5-11 65.

HAMPTON -- Faust 5-10 1-4 12, Bryant 5-9 4-7 14, Poteat 3-4 0-2 6, Dixon 4-13 2-4 11, Roberson 3-13 6-6 12, Noa 4-9 4-6 12, Sawyer 0-1 0-0 0, Murray 0-0 0-0 0, Phillips 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-60 17-29 67.

Half--Hampton, 33-26. 3-point goals--CS 4-17 (Muir 2-4, Brooks 2-6, Jones 0-1, Webb 0-1, Williams 0-1, Mitchell 0-4); H 2-8 (Faust 1-2, Dixon 1-4, Noa 0-1, Phillips 0-1). Rebounds--CS 40 (Mitchell 9); H 39 (Bryant 8). Assists--CS 15 (Mitchell 6); H 7 (Bryant, Dixon, Noa 2). Total fouls--CS 25, H 15. A--n/a.

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