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Mike Scott
Coppin women breeze by N.C. Central in MEAC tourney opener

Shawntae Payne scored 17 points and Crystal Whittington had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Coppin State in a 76-37 opening-round win in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Monday. Coppin State (19-11, 13-3 MEAC), got 13 points from Jeanine Manley and 12 from Leola Spotwood. Coppin State advances to the tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, when it will meet North Carolina A&T at 2:30 p.m. The 39-point victory marked Coppin State's largest-ever in MEAC tournament play. North Carolina A&T 66, Morgan State 53: Led by a double double from JaQuayla Berry, the No. 5 seed Aggies (15-16, 9-7) defeated the Bears (6-24, 3-13) in a MEAC...