UMES puts Morgan women out of their misery, 80-48

MEAC play-in loss brings an end to 1-27 season

March 11, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. - The dreary journey of the 2002-03 Morgan State women finally ended yesterday at the Arthur Ashe Center.

In their 18th consecutive defeat, the team's longest losing streak ever, the Lady Bears capped a winless Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference season by absorbing an 80-48 drubbing from UMES in the play-in round of the league tournament.

It was similar to many other Morgan games when the opposition is taller, more talented and deeper on the bench.

Morgan (1-27) was within striking distance before UMES went on a 25-0 run. The sixth-seeded Lady Hawks zoomed into a 68-34 lead as Morgan committed nine of its 35 turnovers.

"I was real proud of the way we came out to give ourselves a chance," said Lady Bears coach Angelyne Brown. "Then, the obvious started to occur. They were bigger, stronger and more accurate."

With five key players taller than anyone on Morgan's roster, the Lady Hawks dominated inside, had 18 steals and got an 18-point game from Octavia Thompson, who hit all three of her three-point tries.

Second-team All-MEAC forward Tiffany Winkfield had a double double by halftime and finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds for UMES (12-16), which equaled its victory total of last season entering Thursday's quarterfinal against No. 3 seed Howard.

Antoinette Daniels and Neferteria Franklin added 11 points each for the Lady Hawks. Morgan did not have a player in double figures.

"We were just trading buckets in the first half and I wasn't pleased with the defense," said UMES coach Surina Dixon. "I wanted us to come out with six or eight quick points in the second half and maybe run up a 20-point lead."

She got her wish and then some. With the Lady Bears within 43-34, Daniels, Thompson and Franklin keyed the 10-minute surge that clinched it.

"Most teams expect us to do that against Morgan," said Thompson.

The Lady Bears averaged nearly 29 turnovers a game this season, winning only against Towson on Dec. 21. They have lost 29 straight MEAC games since January 2002.

Brown would not elaborate when asked what the team needed next season to improve.

"Out of respect for the people we have, I'm not going into specifics," she said. "But, obviously, we need a lot."

MORGAN STATE-Vargas 3-7 0-2 6, Williams 4-6 1-2 9, Coleman 2-9 1-2 5, Cox 3-9 0-5 6, Warrick 2-5 3-4 7, Haulcy 1-2 0-0 2, Johnson 1-5 0-0 2, Henry 0-3 2-4 2, Carter 1-10 6-6 9. Totals 17-56 13-25 48. UMES-Grays 0-2 1-3 1, Thompson 6-8 3-5 18, Daniels 4-6 3-9 11, Franklin 5-9 1-2 11, Stephens 0-0 0-0 0, Goodwin 1-4 0-0 2, Blakey 0-1 0-2 0, Okaro 2-4 1-2 5, Gooden 3-4 0-0 6, Wilson 0-2 0-6 0, Martin 3-5 1-3 9, Tucker 0-2 1-2 1, Bailey 2-6 0-0 4, Winkfield 5-12 2-2 12. Totals 31-65 13-36 80. Half-UMES, 41-30. 3-point goals-Morgan State 1-6 (Carter 1-3, Warrick 0-1, Cox 0-2), UMES 5-8 (Thompson 3-3, Martin 2-2, Blakey 0-1, Franklin 0-2). Fouled out-Cox, Johnson. Rebounds-Morgan State 41 (Vargas 6), UMES 49 (Winkfield 14). Assists-Morgan State 5 (Carter 2), UMES 14 (Winkfield 5). Total fouls-Morgan State 24, UMES 20. Technicals-Coleman, Goodwin. A-377.

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