MIAMI, Fla. –
The Eagles struggled in a 75-35 loss at No. 11 Miami on Monday, December 19th
at the Watsco Center. Coppin State posted their second lowest scoring (35) output of the season while finishing with their lowest rebounding effort (23) and assist (4) total.
Senior guard Keena Samuels
finished with a team-high eight points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field in 36 minutes of action. She came up with three steals and two rebounds. Graduate forward Tiara Goode
also recorded three steals which was a season-best against and scored six points. She made one of two Eagle three-pointers and also one of three free-throws attempted.
Junior forward Candice Beverly
led the bench scoring with six points knocking down 3-of-4 shots from the field. Freshman guard Mia Crooms
made her second start of the season and recorded season-highs in points, steals and three-point field goals made. She also tied a season-best with two assists and two made field goals. Sophomore center Alexis Taylor
tied a career-best with five rebounds and one blocked shot.
Coppin State ended the first quarter on a 7-2 run sparked by a jumper from Crooms with 1:41 left, cutting the Miami lead to nine (19-10). Beverly followed with a basket with just under a minute (19-12) and then Crooms nailed a three-pointer with three-seconds on the clock trimming the advantage to six (21-15).
The Eagles got off to a strong start with six made field goals in the first period. Crooms scored all five of her points and Goode added four points, as both hit shots from long range. The Hurricanes took off in the second period extending their lead to double-digits while picking up the defensive pressure. In the second half the Eagles were held to ten total points and suffered their ninth loss of the season, 75-35 to Miami.
The Hurricanes had a pair finish with 15 points in Adrienne Motley and Erykah Davenport. Davenport made 6-of-7 field goals for 85%.
Coppin State will play East Tennessee State University at 3 p.m. in their final game of the Hurricane Holiday Tournament at the Watsco Center on Tuesday, Dec. 20.