First place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) women’s basketball standings was up for grabs when the Coppin State Lady Eagles hosted the Hampton Lady Pirates on Feb. 1 at Coppin State’s Physical Education Complex (PEC) in Baltimore, Md.

Hampton came into the game in first place with a 7-0 MEAC record, while the Lady Eagles were second with a 6-1 MEAC record. Unfortunately for Coppin State, Hampton left Baltimore still on top after beating the Lady Eagles, 83-75.

Hampton took a comfortable 19-point lead in the second half, but the Lady Eagles battled back to cut the lead to just seven points in the final minutes, according to Coppin State Sports Information. That’s when Hampton made two clutch three-pointers to hold on to the victory and first place in the MEAC.

Senior forwards Kyra Coleman scored 25 points and Larrisa Carter added 21 points for Coppin State in the loss.

Freshman guard Kenia Cole led Hampton with 23 points in the victory.

“While the Eagles were disappointed with coming up short, they exited the gym with a quiet confidence, swagger and stronger resolve that this season will end with a few special treats,” Coppin State Sports Information Director Rob Knox stated. “The Eagles know that ultimate goal is still in sight, perhaps clearer than ever.”

Coppin State’s next action comes on Feb. 3 with another MEAC matchup against Delaware State back at the PEC in Baltimore.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor