The Lady Eagles win the MEAC Championship

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: March 12, 2006

Raleigh, NC- The Lady Eagles of Coppin State defeated the Lady Hornets of Delaware State 46-36 in a low scoring affair at the 25th annual Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Tournament Championship at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC. The Lady Eagles used solid rebounding and defense and capitalized turnovers by the Lady Hornets to win their 2nd straight Tournament Championship which was played for the first time Raleigh. The tournament was played previously in Richmond, VA the last 7 years. The Eagles will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 22-8 overall record, while the loss drops Delaware State to 21-9 on the season. The Eagle defense, which leads the nation in field goal percentage defense, was tough once again, limited the Hornets to just 21 percent shooting in the first half.

With the score tied at 6-6, the Lady Eagles stepped up the defense but because both teams shot poorly in the first half, the Lady Hornets kept the game close throughout the first half. The Lady Eagles shot a poor 36 percent on 10 of 28 shooting and only 33 percent from the 3 point line. The Lady Hornets shot only 21 percent from the floor on 5 of 24 shooting and were 0 for 3 from the 3 point line.The Lady Eagles went on a 12-0 run to take a commanding lead at 18-6 with about 15 minutes reamining in the half. After minutes of no scoring from either team, the Lady Hornets cut the lead to eight, outscoring the Lady Eagles 10-6 to trail 24-16 at the half.

In the second half, the Lady Hornets closed the deficit to 2 points outscoring the Lady Eagles 14-8 making the score 32-30 with just over 12 minutes left in the game. After the two teams traded baskets, the Lady Hornets expanded their lead 11 points after a 9-2 run made the score 46-35 with just over 1 minute remaining. The Lady Eagles would commit a foul and after the Lady Hornets made 1 of 2 free throws, the buzzard sounded and the final score was 46-36 in favor of the Lady Eagles of Coppin State.

The Lady Eagles were led in the win by tournament MVP Rashiba Suber who scored 14 points and scored 12 of her 14 in the first half of the game. She along with teammate Talia Sutton. Also named to the team were Fauntleroy and Raquel Collier of Delaware State and Toni Kennedy of Maryland-Eastern Shore. Coppin State head coach Derek Brown was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Coach for the second consecutive year.

The Lady Eagles advance to the NCAA Tournament next weekend at a site to be determined. The Eagles will learn their matchup on Monday night when the tournament bracket is announced at 7 p.m. on ESPN.