College Basketball Preview

November 12, 2008|By TODD KARPOVICH



Coach: Derek Brown, ninth season at Coppin State (156-106)

2007-08 record: 22-12 (13-3, second place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)

Arena: Coppin Center (1,720)

Consensus MEAC favorite: North Carolina A&T

Starters lost: Two

Outlook: The Eagles finished second in the regular season and won the conference tournament, 72-70, over North Carolina A&T. Coppin State then advanced to its fourth consecutive postseason appearance, where it lost to Maryland, 80-66, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Eagles return Whitney Cunningham (Western), who was a preseason All-MEAC first-team pick, averaged 10.1 points and 8.0 rebounds and blocked 46 shots. Danielle Anders was a preseason All-MEAC second-team selection and led the team in scoring last season with 11.3 ppg. Coppin State was selected fourth in the preseason poll, but the team's expectations are much higher. Jennifer Martin is the other returning starter, and newcomers Jeanine Manley and Shinaa Cross are expected to receive a lot of playing time.


Coach: Joe Logan, fourth season at Loyola (51-39)

2007-08 record: 13-17 (7-11, tied for sixth place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

Arena: Reitz Arena (2,100)

Consensus MAAC favorite: Marist

Starters lost: Two

Outlook: The Greyhounds were picked fifth this season by MEAC coaches. Loyola will be led by sophomore point guard Candice Walker, who was named to the preseason All-MAAC second team after starting all 30 games and leading the team with 83 assists last season. Also back are senior guard Siobhan Prior, the team's leading returning scorer (8.2 ppg), and junior forward Kaitlin Grant, the top rebounder with 4.4 per game. Junior wing Erica DiClemente and sophomore forward Meredith Tolley are expected to receive a lot of minutes this season after earning several starts last year. A lot will have to go right for the Greyhounds to knock off Marist, which finished 18-0 last season. The top incoming player is Miriam McKenzie, who was The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year at Oakland Mills last season.


Coach: Donald Beasley, third season at Morgan State (42-48)

2007-08 record: 19-12 (10-6, tied for fourth place in the MEAC)

Arena: Talmadge Hill Field House (4,259)

Consensus MEAC favorite: North Carolina A&T

Starters lost: Three

Outlook: The Bears continued their climb in the MEAC last season, setting the school record for wins at the Division I level with 19, surpassing the record of 18 set the year before. The Bears return two starters on a team that lost in the MEAC quarterfinals to Delaware State, 67-49. Junior guard Corin Adams will be a force for Morgan State after averaging 16.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.9 steals. Adams was named to the All-MEAC first team and was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Theresa Davis is the other returning starter, and she averaged 6.4 points last season. Junior forward Phylicia Jones earned All-MEAC tournament honors.


Coach: Bryan Whitten, second season at Mount St. Mary's

2007-08 record: 8-22 (6-12, eighth place in the Northeast Conference)

Arena: Knott Arena (3,121)

Consensus NEC favorite: Robert Morris

Starters lost: Two

Outlook: Mount St. Mary's is looking to build on last season, when it lost to top seed Quinnipiac in the NEC tournament quarterfinals. The Mountaineers have made it to 19 consecutive NEC tournaments, the longest streak in the league. Mount St. Mary's was picked to finish seventh in the coaches' preseason poll. The Mountaineers, who return three starters and eight letter winners, will be led by sophomore forward Mary Dunn, who averaged 7.8 rebounds and 8.3 points. She had 13 double-figure performances, including 10 in her last 13 games. Senior Brianna Gauthier (St. Mary's) averaged 8.0 points and had a team-best 84 assists. Junior Hassanah Oliver is also expected to be a force after averaging 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds last season.


Coach: Stefanie Pemper, first season at Navy

2007-08 record: 7-23 (3-11, seventh place in the Patriot League)

Arena: Alumni Hall (5,710)

Consensus Patriot League favorite: Holy Cross

Starters lost: None

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