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Coppin Lady Eagles Defeat UMES

Coppin State University Basketball--Women

by Perry Green
AFRO Sports Editor

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Senior forward Kyra Coleman scored a career-high 30 points and added nine rebounds to lead the Coppin State Lady Eagles to a 80-64 win over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at the W. P. Hytche Athletic Center in Prince Anne, Md.

The win advanced Coppin State’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) record to 8-2, good for second place in the conference standings.

Coppin State Sports Information Director Rob Knox described Coleman’s career-best performance against UMES as “mesmerizing and breathtaking.”

“It’s an accomplishment to score a career high, but I am more happy with how we played as a team,” said Coleman, who upped her career total to more than 1,150 points.

“Our mindset as a team was to not let UMES have its breakout game against us,” she added. “Even though UMES didn’t have the greatest record; their team didn’t reflect that, so we had to come out and play as hard as we could for 40 minutes.”

Three other players for Coppin State scored double digits in points. Sophomore forward Omaah Tayong had a double-double of 12 points with 11 rebounds, while senior point guard Ashle Craig and sophomore guard Jordan Swalls each scored 11 points off the bench.

Sophomore forward Ashleigh Claybrooks led UMES with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Coppin State will attempt to secure its place among the top two teams in the MEAC against cross-town rival Morgan State on Feb. 10 at Hill Field House in East Baltimore, Md. 

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