The Coppin State Lady Eagles bounced back from a two-game losing slump to defeat the Norfolk State University Lady Spartans, 63-51, on Feb. 21 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game in Baltimore, Md.

Coppin State fell in back-to-back games for the first time this season with losses to Florida A&M University and Morgan State last week. But the win over Norfolk State pushed their record to 13-13 overall and 10-4 in the MEAC, giving them third place in the conference.

The Lady Eagles took immediate command against Norfolk State in the first half, making seven of their first eight shots to leap out to a double-digit lead. Norfolk State kept fighting, however, and cut that lead to just four points in the second half before Coppin State held off their conference opponents for the win.

Senior forward Kyra Coleman led the Lady Eagles with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Sophomore forward Janelle Lane and senior guard Ashle Craig added 12 points each.

Norfolk State senior forward Rachel Gordon led her team with 13 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

“We believe that this win is a jump start for us as far as finishing the season with a winning streak,” said sophomore guard Amber Griffin, according to Coppin State Sports Information. “It’s time for us to buckle down and get ready going into the MEAC tournament next month. The last two days of practice were tough. It’s just nice to head into this week with a win.”

The Lady Eagles will take on University of Maryland Eastern Shore on March 1 before their season finale on March 3 against Howard University.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor