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MEAC women

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March 07, 2005|By BILL FREE

MEAC women

Sites: Arthur Ashe Center, Richmond Coliseum

When: Today through Saturday

2004 champion: Hampton

2005 favorite: Coppin State. This season has featured an amazing run against all odds by the Lady Eagles (20-7, 15-3) to the top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference standings. Coppin not only has its first outright MEAC regular-season championship but its first top seed and its second 20-win season in school history. Now the Eagles head to Richmond as favorites to capture their first league tournament championship and first NCAA tournament berth.

Dark horse: UMES. The fifth-seeded Lady Hawks (12-15, 10-8) have made some impressive strides under first-year coach Fred Batchelor, putting together their first winning season in the league in seven years. UMES won't dazzle anyone with its talent, but 5-7 junior guard Toni Kennedy leads the team with 55 three-pointers, hitting 35.5 percent, leads the Lady Hawks in scoring (10.6 ppg), and is tied for first on the team in assists (65).

Player to watch: Sherrie Tucker, Coppin. Whenever the Lady Eagles need a basket, they turn to this talented pure shooter who leads the league in scoring with a 16.0 average.

Outlook: With the Coppin success being a natural headline-grabbing story, it still would not be a good idea to overlook the strong presence of defending champion Hampton.

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