Coppin women defeat S.C. State, gain semis


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.

In tomorrow's semifinal round, the Eagles (14-13) will play the winner of today's quarterfinal between No. 1 seed Florida A&M; and No. 8 Morgan State.

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.

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