Fourth-seeded Coppin State overcame ball-handling and rebounding problems yesterday to beat fifth-seeded South Carolina State, 66-61, in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women's tournament at Hill Field House.
Four players scored in double figures for the Eagles, who shot 52 percent from the field. Forward Natasha Parks led the team with 16 points, followed by All-MEAC center Rene Doctor (15 points) and forward Lisa Jarmon (10 points). Guard Lisa Briggs added 10 points.
The Eagles, who were hampered by 25 turnovers and were out-rebounded, 43-24, never led by more than nine. After taking a 35-31 halftime lead, Coppin State scored eight straight points midway through the second half -- four by Briggs -- to take a 50-42 lead. They extended the lead to 63-54, then 65-56 on a basket by Delora Walker with 3:01 left.
South Carolina State, which was led by forward Monica Ewing (13 points), managed only three points over the game's final 2:44. A three-pointer by Keisha Oliver cut the lead to 65-61 with 28 seconds left.