BALTIMORE, Md. –
The Lady Eagles women's basketball program will see its first live action of the 2018-19 season, when it hosts Division II's LIU Post Pioneers in an exhibition Saturday afternoon.
What You Need to Know
- Time and Date: 2:00 p.m. (October 27)
- Live Stats: N/A
- Video: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/coppin-state-tube
- Audio: http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/CSU
- Last Season's Records: Coppin State 6-23 (5-11 MEAC) / LIU Post 22-8 (17-1 ECC)
- Location: Baltimore, MD – Physical Education Complex Arena
Scouting the LIU Post Pioneers
- Coppin State finished last season 6-23 while compiling a 5-11 record in MEAC play. The Eagles qualified for the conference tournament as an #11 seed, before falling to #6 seed Morgan State in the first round.
- Preseason All-MEAC First-Teamer Chance Graham headlines the returning starters for the Lady Eagles. She had one of the best rebounding seasons in school history in 2017-18, pulling down 309 rebounds, the second-most in school history behind Rene' Doctor's 344 in 1995.
- Graham notched individual game records as well, as her 34-point outburst against Bethune-Cookman places sixth all-time for points in a game, and her 20-rebound performance against UMES put her in ninth on the list for most rebounds in a game.
- Nationally, Graham was among the top 25 players in women's basketball regarding defensive rebounds per game (7) and rebounds per game (10.7) a year ago.
- Coppin returns three players from last year's squad along with Graham, as Maraiyah Smith and Oluwadamilola Oloyede look to build upon productive freshman and sophomore campaigns, respectively. Redshirt freshman Tsahai Corbie missed all of last season with an injury.
- The Navy and Gold will be showcasing a lot of fresh faces this season, with four freshman and three transfers composing the eleven-woman roster.
- The transfers include two rising seniors transitioning from the Division II level in Kaiya Coleman (University of the District of Columbia) and Brooke Fields (Roberts Wesleyan) and a junior making the cross-country jump in Adrienne Darden (University of Hawaii).
- Coleman, who played under current head men's basketball coach Juan Dixon in their lone season at UDC, led the Firebirds in free-throw percentage (75.3%) and was second in three-point percentage (31.8%) in 2016-17.
- Fields was an efficient shooter for Roberts Wesleyan two seasons ago, pacing the Redhawks in average points per game (15.6) as well as free-throw percentage (83%). Her best game was when she dropped a team-high 33 points and 11 made field goals in a victory of Bridgeport. She piled up 1,226 points in her three-year stint with the Redhawks, averaging 13.6 points per season.
- Darden accumulated 27 rebounds, 26 points and 11 blocks in 19 games for the Rainbow Wahine during her Freshman season including a season-high seven points versus Boise State.
- LIU Post was a powerhouse in the Division II East Coast Conference in 2017-18, winning the regular season title with a 17-1 ECC record, finished the year ranked #6 in the East Region Rankings, and earning a #14 seed in the NCAA Tournament before falling to #3 seed University of the Sciences in the First Round.
- The Pioneers were superb at forcing steals and getting to the free-throw line, placing inside the top 20 in the country in total steals (343), steals per game (11.4) and free-throw attempts (686).
- LIU's most dynamic playmaker is First-Team All-Conference selection Sasha Patterson. The grad student ended the year third in Division II with five offensive rebounds per game, while leading the ECC in double-doubles (16), field-goal percentage (59.2%), rebounds (300) and rebounds per game (10).
- Patterson was also the team leader in points per game (16.1).
- The Post also has an effective shot blocker in Mikaiya Moore. While the junior stands only 5-11, she placed inside the top five in the conference with 39 blocked shots and 1.44 blocks per game, while shooting at 47.2% clip.
- Shannon Doyle is the Pioneers' floor general, handing out 2.7 assists per game, while Taylah Hudson has shown a knack for pick-pocketing opposing teams with her 2.1 steals per contest.