Submitted by Steven Kramer, Director of Athletic Communications

NORFOLK, Va. – Coppin State’s Jewel Watkins has been named the MEAC Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. This is Watkins’ first weekly award this season after receiving a pair of Rookie of the Week honors last year.

A sophomore from Whitehall, Ohio, Watkins averaged 23.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists in a pair of games for the Eagles last week. Watkins opened up with 25 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, three steals and a pair of assists against South Carolina State.

Jewel Watkins (Courtesy Photo/

Two nights later, Watkins notched a double-double with 22 points and ten rebounds along with seven 3-pointers and three blocks in a win over Delaware State. Watkins’ seven 3-pointers is one off the Coppin single-game record as the Eagles hit a school-record 12 3-point field goals in the victory.

Watkins ranks second in the MEAC with 15.1 points per game and 55 3-point field goals while ranking fourth in blocks (19) and seventh in rebounds (6.6). In MEAC play, Watkins is second in scoring (17.7), rebounds (9.2) and blocks (11) while leading the league in 3-point field goals (24). Watkins cracked Coppin’s top ten in 3-point field goals last night with 76 in her career.

The Eagles return to action at 2 pm on Saturday, February 11 at South Carolina State before heading to Durham, N.C., for a 5:30 pm tipoff at North Carolina Central.