Coppin repeats as MEAC titlist


Rashida Suber led a late run by host Coppin State, which defeated North Carolina A&T; yesterday, 59-52, to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season title for the second straight season.

The Lady Eagles extended their winning streak, the third longest in the country, to 14 games. Coppin (15-8, 14-0) defeated the Lady Aggies (7-15, 7-6) for the seventh straight time and have won 22 consecutive games in the MEAC.

Suber led the Lady Eagles with 18 points and hit three three-pointers to move into fifth place on Coppin State's career list. She also had three steals, as did Shalamar Oakley, who had 10 points and six assists.

Mount St. Mary's 61, Monmouth 56 -- Fueled by 15 points from Samira Rashid, the host Mount (11-13, 8-7) erased a double-digit deficit and defeated the Hawks (13-11, 10-5) to clinch its 17th consecutive berth in the Northeast Conference tournament, the longest current streak in the league. Rashid, who was held scoreless for the first 28 minutes, also had eight assists, six rebounds and two steals. Ashley Liller scored 12 of her career-high 16 points in the second half and LaToya Butler had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Morgan State 70, South Carolina State 39 -- Whitney Johnson scored a game-high 16 points to lead four players in double figures, as the Lady Bears (4-18, 4-9 MEAC) ended a four-game skid by beating the visiting Lady Bulldogs (10-12, 7-6).

Navy 80, Colgate 62 -- The Mids (13-12, 6-6 Patriot League) jumped out to a 14-1 lead in the opening five minutes and never looked back. The Mids held the Raiders (7-18, 5-7) without a field goal for the first 6:34 and led by as many as 27 in the opening 20 minutes. Betsy Burnett finished with 17 points for Navy.

Bowie State 59, St. Paul's 57 -- Markeya Watson and Allyson Swailes each scored 16 to lead the Lady Bulldogs (12-4, 6-9 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) over the Lady Tigers (5-20, 1-13). Watson also had 20 rebounds.

UMES 75, Florida A&M; 56 -- Toni Kennedy led the host Lady Hawks (9-12, 8-5 MEAC) with 24 points as they defeated the Lady Rattlers (9-14, 5-9).

Salisbury 73, St. Mary's 67 -- Sophomore Meghan Phillips led the Sea Gulls (14-10, 7-7 Capital Athletic Conference) with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Taylor Yearwood scored a game-high 20 points for the host Seahawks (11-13, 6-8).

Marymount 67, Goucher 61 -- The host Gophers (6-14, 2-12 CAC) took a 61-59 lead over the Saints (17-8, 9-5) when Shadae Swan hit a three-point basket with 4:26 remaining, but the Saints outscored the Gophers 8-0 the rest of the way.

McDaniel 84, Washington College 47 -- The host Green Terror (18-7, 12-6 Centennial Conference) forced 29 turnovers en route to the win over the Shorewomen (5-20, 2-16). Kristy Costa and Theresa Hess each scored 18 points for McDaniel. Elise Conway led Washington with 11 points.

Hood 54, Chatham 41 -- Rita Willis had a game-high 15 points with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead the host Blazers (12-10, 10-1 Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference) past the Cougars (5-20, 3-9).

Wesley 87, College of Notre Dame 69 -- Faith Wassink scored a career-high 18 points for the visiting Gators (13-11), who fell to the Wolverines (18-7).

Pittsburgh-Greensburg 77, Frostburg State 74 -- Stephanie Watts scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as host Frostburg (17-8, 13-6 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference) lost to Pitt-Greensburg (20-5, 16-2).

Villa Julie 65, SUNY-Purchase 38 -- Alicia Barnard paced the Mustangs (18-6, 11-3 North Eastern Athletic Conference) with 15 points as they defeated the visiting Panthers (10-14, 6-8).

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