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November 07, 2001

Coppin State

Coach: Derek Brown, 3rd season at Coppin (21-26) Affiliation: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 2000-01 record: 11-17 (9-10 MEAC) Radio: None Arena: Coppin Center (1,720) Consensus MEAC favorite: Howard Consensus Coppin prediction: 8th (tie) Starters lost: 3 Outlook: The departure of do-it-all Kiesha Brooks, a second-team All-American, leaves the team with several voids. The Eagles will look for center Jackie Johnson-Stewart to emerge as the go-to player with help from fellow senior Shannon Muir. Among the team's many newcomers is former Dunbar standout LaKesha Wills.

Coach: Jennifer Bednarek, 4th season at UMBC (33-50), 5th overall (42-69) Affiliation: Northeast Conference 2000-01 record: 13-15 (11-7 NEC) Radio: None Arena: Retriever Activities Center (4,024) Consensus NEC favorite: Long Island University Consensus UMBC prediction: 5th Starters lost: 1 Outlook: With a young lineup and a loaded backcourt, the retooled Retrievers should be near the top of a deep conference. Bednarek is high on freshman guard Matea Pender, a member of the Croatian national team, and guard-forward Millette Green, a transfer from East Carolina. The status of injured guard Shalayna Johnson, the top returning scorer, is unknown.

Returning players

Name Yr. Ht. Pos.

Yinka Bada Sr. 5-6 G-F

Jessie Brown Jr. 5-7 G

Tiffany Coll Jr. 5-11 F

Yolanda Jefferson So. 6-1 C

Shalayna Johnson Jr. 5-9 G

Sheila Johnson Sr. 5-8 F


Name Yr. Ht. Pos.

Christina Catalanotto Fr. 5-8 G

Millette Green Jr. 5-11 G-F

Katie Kramer Fr. 5-6 G

Matea Pender Fr. 6-1 G

Tyecia Powell So. 5-11 F

Lara Seamon Fr. 5-11 F


Coach: Surina Dixon, 2nd season at UMES (5-23) Affiliation: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 2000-2001: 5-23 (3-15 MEAC) Radio: None Arena: Hytche Athletic Center (5,500) Consensus MEAC favorite: Howard Consensus UMES prediction: 9th Starters lost: 3 Outlook: Finding a scorer is a must for the Hawks, whose two top returning players - senior forward Destiney Avent and sophomore guard Tekeya Gooden - averaged under 6.0 points. Freshman guards Shonda Davis and Octavia Thompson are expected to help immediately, as is junior forward Neferteria Franklin, a transfer from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College. Returning players

Name Yr. Ht. Pos.

Destiney Avent Sr. 5-10 F

Tekeya Gooden So. 5-6 G

Melanie Harrington Jr. 6-2 F

Kimberly Martin So. 5-7 G

Menittia Miller Sr. 5-9 F

Shaye Pleasant So. 5-2 G

Maia Saffell Jr. 6-2 G-F


Name Yr. Ht. Pos.

Dana Blakey Fr. 5-6 G

Antoinette Daniels Jr. 6-3 C

Shonda Davis Fr. 5-5 G

Neferteria Franklin Jr. 6-0 F

Chikwue Okara Fr. 6-2 C

Zereena Stephens Jr. 6-2 C

Octavia Thompson Fr. 5-8 G

Morgan State

Coach: Gerard Garlic, 3rd season at Morgan (27-30) Affiliation: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 2000-01 record: 10-18 (10-9 MEAC) Radio: None Arena: Hill Field House (5,000) Consensus MEAC favorite: Howard Consensus Morgan prediction: 7th Starters lost: 4 Outlook: After a disappointing season, the rebuilding Bears will count on senior guard Sherie Cornish's perimeter game - she averaged 10.8 points in 2000-01 - and hope to get inside help from former reserves Calibra Alston and Chanelle Scott. Christina Johnson and Courtlynn Murphy are among several freshmen who are expected to make immediate contributions.

Returning players

Name Yr. Ht. Pos.

Calibra Alston Sr. 6-3 F-C

Erinn Coleman So. 5-11 G-F

Sherie Cornish Sr. 5-7 G

Zakiya Gardner Sr. 5-10 G

Chanelle Scott Sr. 6-1 F-C


Name Yr. Ht. Pos.

Courtney Cox Fr. 5-8 G

Allayne Jackson Fr. 5-11 G

Christina Johnson Fr. 6-0 F

Courtlynn Murphy Fr. 6-1 F-C

Mikea Williams Fr. 5-11 F

Mount St. Mary's

Coach: Vanessa Blair, 4th season at Mount St. Mary's (56-30) Affiliation: Northeast Conference 2000-01 record: 15-14 (13-5 NEC) Radio: 3 games on WTHU (1450 AM) Arena: Knott Arena (3,196) Consensus NEC favorite: Long Island University Consensus Mount St. Mary's prediction: 2nd Starters lost: 2 Outlook: The Mountaineers find themselves in an unfamiliar role as conference underdogs to Long Island, but don't count them out. By creating more easy baskets from pressure on the defensive end, and by having a more balanced attack, Blair is confident that the young team will be strong on offense.

Returning players

Name Yr. Ht. Pos.

Ravilia Alexander Jr. 5-9 G

Myriam Baccouche So. 5-10 F-G

Andrea Bogart Jr. 5-10 G-F

Kiana Fobbs Sr. 5-4 G

Beth Foster So. 6-0 F

Adrienne Harris So. 5-4 G

Jamie Hegge Jr. 6-2 C

Lauren Kokotajlo Jr. 5-7 G

Jess Lilly Jr. 5-11 F

Taylor Long So. 6-0 F

Katie Walton Sr. 5-9 G


Name Yr. Ht. Pos.

Tara Hennessy Fr. 5-10 G-F

Janet Ust Fr. 5-5 G

Rebecca Wike Fr. 6-0 G

Marche Strickland

Year: Senior Height: 5-9 Position: Guard Where Strickland came from: Silver Lake High, Kingston, Mass. Strickland's favorite star: Still to be determined 2000-01: Was second on the Terps in scoring with 13.9 points a game and made a team-high 47 three-point shots.

Honors: '00-01 All-ACC honorable mention.

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