Coleman Leads Coppin State To Win Over UMES < All News
Thursday, March 13, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. --- Kyra Coleman just missed a triple double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to lead Coppin State to an easy 82-60 win over Maryland Eastern Shore in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament at the Norfolk Scope.


The Lady Eagles (16-13), the Number 3 seed, advance to Friday’s semifinal round against North Carolina A&T, the Number 2 seed at 2:30 pm.


“I see it every day,” said Coppin State head coach Derek Brown. “I see it in practice and I see in games.  That’s what makes these ladies special.  They work very hard.  To see the numbers these ladies are putting now, I am not surprised about it and it’s well deserved.”


A senior forward, Coleman set the tone early, tallying 11 first half points to lead Coppin State to a 34-25 lead at intermission.  With Coleman and reserve Tanaysa Henderson supplying the offense, the Lady Eagles defense aided the cause in a big way, converting 15 Lady Hawks’ turnovers into 14 points.


“Defense is our niche,” said Coppin State senior forward Larissa Carter, a second team All-MEAC selection. “It’s what we do best.  In order to win the championship, that’s what it is going to take.  Every time we step on the court, defense is what we are going to the most of our energy to and it’s what

We work hardest on.”


Any hopes that Maryland Eastern Shore (9-21), the Number 11 seed, had of mounting a comeback was snuffed out early as Coleman, Larissa Carter and Ashley Craig combined to fuel a 20-7 run over the first nine minutes.  Coppin State led, 54-32 and were never challenged the rest of the way.


“Coppin State played a really good game today,” commented Maryland Eastern Shore head coach Fred Batchelor.  “We tried to give them some problems by staying in a zone and hoping they would not shoot the ball well, but they found other ways to be successful on the offensive end.  I thought their defense and their ability to anticipate what we were going to do was huge and caused us to have 15 first half turnovers and 26 in the game.  You can’t do that and compete with a team that’ able to put the ball in the basket they way they do.”


Coleman, a first team All-MEAC selection, equaled her first half total of 11 while Craig (13) and Carter (10) combined for 23 between them.  UMES got 14 points from TeAmber Burke and from Chalsye Taylor off the bench and hold a 54-44 advantage in rebounding, but they shot just 27 percent (18 of 65) and surrendered 28 points off their 26 turnovers.


Carter, a second team All-MEAC selection and Craig, each finished with 15 points.


On another note, Coleman became the sixth Coppin State women’s basketball player in school history to eclipse the 1,300-point career mark when she made a foul shot with 18:33 remaining. Coleman, who notched her fifth career double-double, has now scored 1,310 points. Carter has scored 1,043 career points, just two behind Leola Spotwood’s total of 1,045 for 10th on the all-time school scoring list, giving the Lady Eagles two members of the 1,000 point club.

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