Friday, December 30, 2011

Coppin State snap Boston University three-game win streak, 59-44

Shawntae Payne
5'-7" Point Guard, Junior
Hometown: Charlottesville , VA
Coppin State University

BRONX, New York - Boston University saw its three-game winning streak come to an end, as Coppin State defeated the Terriers, 59-44, in day one of the Fordham Holiday Classic in Bronx, N.Y. BU moves to 6-5 on the season.

BU did not have a player score in double-digits for the first time this season as juniors Mo Moran and Kristen Sims led the team with nine points apiece. Moran also tied for the team high in rebounds with seven boards.  Senior Caroline Stewart hauled in seven rebounds and added six points while junior Chantell Alford added eight points and two rebounds.

BU took an early 6-5 lead with three-pointers from Young and Alford. After a jumper from Moran, Coppin State tied the game at 8-8 then took a two-point lead with a layup from Ashle Craig. Whitney Turner knotted the score at 10-10 with a layup on BU's next possession to spark an 11-2 BU run.

Crystal Whittington
6'-0" Power Foward, Junior
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Coppin State University
 Dawnnae Roberts put the Eagles back on the board with a three-pointer at 8:24 to ignite a 7-0 spurt from Coppin State. The teams then traded baskets, and the lead, as a jumper from Shawntae Payne put the Eagles up, 26-23, and forced BU into a timeout with 4:44 to play. Sims tied the game with a shot from beyond the arc but Payne responded on the other end   with a three, as the Eagles maintained the advantage. Stewart scored the last four points of the half for the Terriers, as the Eagles took a 31-30 lead into the break.

BRONX, N.Y. -- Junior Shawntae Payne scored a season-high 17 points and Coppin State rode a strong second-half defensive effort to defeat Boston 59-44 on Thursday in the Eagles opening round game of the Fordham Holiday Classic.

The Eagles, who halted a six-game losing streak with the victory, advance to the championship game against Fordham at 3 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 30).

Coppin State (3-9) held a slim 31-30 lead at halftime, but held Boston to just 7.4 percent shooting in the second half and outscored the Terriers 28-14.

Payne finished the game 7-of-14 from the floor and was 2-of-2 from the free throw line to pace the Eagles. She also added three assists and three rebounds. Senior Crystal Whittington grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds and Dawnnae Roberts added nine points.

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