Feb. 2, 2009

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Two made free throws with four seconds on the clock pushed the Coppin State University (CSU) women's basketball team over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) 71-69, Monday night in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. The loss gives the Lady Hawks a 5-3 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and stops their second longest winning streak under Head Coach Fred Batchelor.

April McBride (New Rochelle, N.Y.) continued her dominating play. The 6-0 junior fouled out of competition, but not before recording her seventh double-double of the season with a team-high 20 points and game-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Adobi Agbasi (Columbus, Ga.) finished the game with a career-high 13 points, shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor and 83-percent from the free throw line.

Other Lady Hawks in double digits were Josephine McLane (Centreville, Va.) and Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.). McLane tied Agbasi with 13 points and Morton finished with 12 adding a game-high six assists to the effort.

Controversial calls in the final seconds of play capped off an exciting game between the conference rivals that saw the lead change 15 times. UMES led by as much as seven in the second half before CSU tied the game up for the sixth time a 68 all with 2:51 left to play.

Danielle Anders made the second of two free throws to put CSU (7-12, 6-3 MEAC) up by one with 1:46 on the clock. Both teams would miss opportunities from the floor. Neither would score for nearly a minute and a half. With 20 seconds left in the game, UMES would have a chance to take advantage of double bonus as McLane was sent to the line to shoot two.

She would miss the first but make the second to tie the game for the seventh and final time at 69-69. Anders missed a jumper with eight second to play but Lakeytah Irving grabbed her fifth board of the day and was fouled on her way up to shoot with four seconds on the clock. Irving nailed both free throws. A half court attempt by McLane fell short to end the contest.

Whitney Cunningham led the Eagles with a game-high 22 points and team-high seven rebounds. Anders finished with 19 points and Shante Cummings had 13.

The Lady Hawks (9-10, 5-3 MEAC) head back on the road next to face Howard University in Washington, D.C. on February 7. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. Fans can listen to the action live on and on Timeless Classics 540 AM.



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