Howard Women Rally, But Fall Short in Loss To Coppin
Second Half Rally Falls Short in Loss To
Coppin State Women
Baltimore, MD, January 28---Christina Aden, Brittney James Melloni Benson combined to score 37 of Howard University’s 43 second half points, but Coppin State University made just enough plays down the stretch to hold on for a 66-56 win in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women’s game at the Coppin Center.
The Lady Bison (7-10 overall, 4-4 in the MEAC) appeared to be done at halftime when they trailed the Eagles (9-8 overall, 8-0 in the MEAC), 32-13 at intermission. Howard shot a season low 12 percent (4 of 34) from the field against the conference leaders, who have won eight straight and 16 in a row against MEAC competition.
But Aden, James and Benson fueled a 39-23 run that cut the deficit to 55-52 with 4:05 still remaining. The Lady Bison did it with pressure defense that forced 26 Coppin State turnovers and some hot shooting (8 of 12 in the second half) from three-point range.
Then the Eagles re-grouped and showed why they are the defending conference champs, limiting Howard to only one field goal and a pair of free throws the rest of the way. Sophomore guard Shalamar Oakley scored seven of her team’s last 11 points to put the game away.
James finished with a team-high 15 points, all coming in the second half while Aden collected 12 of her 14 and Benson 10 of her 12 in the final 20 minutes.
Coppin State was paced by Sherrie Tucker (16), Rashida Suber (15) and Oakley (12 points).
NEXT UP: Howard will try to get back on track when it travels back to Baltimore, MD to take on Morgan State University on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Hill Fieldhouse while Coppin State attempts to keep its conference slate umblemished when its hosts Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday at 5:30 p.m.