Mount St. Mary's held St. Francis, N.Y. to 12 second-half points last night and cruised to a 65-41 women's victory and its first 20-win season since 1995.
Leading 32-29 at halftime, the Mount (20-6, 18-2 Northeast Conference) pulled away with a 14-0 run over 6 1/2 minutes of the second half to put away St. Francis (10-16, 9-11).
Deanna Butters led the Mountaineers with 22 points, including 14 in the second half.
The Eagles trailed 50-30 with 15 minutes remaining but used a 17-0 run to pull within 50-47 with 10: 38 left. Trisha Allen (22 points, 12 rebounds) put Coppin ahead for good on a three-point play with 4: 32 remaining.
Nicole Council had 26 points for UMES, 18 coming in the first half when the Fighting Hawks built a 40-27 lead.
St. Mary's 79, Goucher 46: Erica Pearson had a career-high 34 to lead St. Mary's (18-7) over Goucher (5-20) in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.
Pearson, who also had a game-high 18 rebounds, scored 18 in the first half as the Seahawks led 42-19 at intermission. St. Mary's extended its lead to as many as 38 in the second half.
Felicia Harris chipped in 18 points for St. Mary's, which will play host to Salisbury State in tomorrow's semifinal at 7 p.m.
Sarah Zona's 15 points led Goucher.
UMBC 85, Long Island 60: Freshman guard Jami Lange had school records of 36 points and 10 three-pointers in leading the host Retrievers (13-13, 11-9) to a Northeast Conference win. UMBC also shot a season-high 64 percent.
UMBC broke from a 49-41 lead with 12: 44 left by using a 26-6 run, including five three-pointers by Lange, to jump ahead 75-47.
Maggie McDevitt added 11 points for UMBC.
Smith shot 9-for-11 and tied for the team lead with eight rebounds. Morgan shot 51.7 percent (15-for-29) in the first half and led 34-14 lead at halftime.
Salisbury State 92, Mary Washington 69: Amy Cooke's 21 points led five double-digit scorers as the host Sea Gulls (18-7) blitzed the Eagles (10-14) in the opening round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. Cooke also had six assists and six steals.
Salisbury out-rebounded Mary Washington, 52-42, and forced 34 turnovers.
Pub Date: 2/23/99