SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Savannah State University women’s basketball team (10-16, 7-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) couldn’t overcome a slow start as the Lady Tigers fell to Coppin State University (8-18, 8-6 MEAC) 59-47 in Tiger Arena Monday night.
The Lady Tigers shot 5.9 (1-for-17) in the first quarter, but shot 33.3 (17-for-51) in the final three quarters, while Coppin State shot 58.3 (7-for-12) percent, but shot 40.9 (17-for-34) in the final three quarters.
Senior guard Kenyata Hendrix led the Lady Tigers with a game-high 20 points, shooting 7-for-16 from the floor, including 5-for-10 from the 3-point line, and added three rebounds and two steals, while senior center Tiyonda Davis added nine rebounds, seven points, two blocks and two steals.
Coppin State scored two of the first three points of the first quarter to take a 2-1 lead with 7:49 remaining in the quarter, but a Davis layup gave the Lady Tigers a point lead, 3-2, with 7:21 left. The Eagles scored the final 13 points of the quarter to take a 12-point lead, 15-3, after the first quarter.
The Eagles scored five of the first seven points to increase their lead to 15 points, 20-5, with 7:47 remaining in the second quarter, but the Lady Tigers scored the next five points to cut the lead to 10 points, 20-10 with 6:09 left. Coppin State scored 13 of the next 19 points to increase its lead to 17 points, 33-16, with 2:34 left in the first half, but the Lady Tigers scored six of the next eight points to cut the lead to 13 points, 35-22 with 25 second left. A jumper by the Eagles with five seconds left gave CSU a 15-point, 37-22, halftime lead.
Savannah State scored five of the first seven points of the third quarter to cut the lead to 12 points, 39-27, with 7:17 remaining in the quarter, but Coppin State scored the next six points to increase its lead to a game-high 18 points, 45-27, with 5:25 left. The Lady Tigers scored six of the final seven points to cut the lead to 13 points, 46-33, after the third quarter.
A jumper by Coppin State to start the fourth quarter gave the Eagles a 15-point lead, 48-33, with 9:27 remaining in the quarter, but the Lady Tigers scored 11 of the next 13 points to cut the lead to six points, 50-44, with 5:41 left. The Eagles scored nine of the final 12 points for the 12 point win.
The Eagles were led by Genesis Lucas with 17 points, seven assists and four steals, while Chance Graham added a double-double with 14 rebounds and 12 points and Vanessa Neal added 10 points.
The Lady Tigers travel to North Carolina for two games starting with North Carolina A&T State University (11-15, 7-6 MEAC) Saturday at 2 p.m. in Greensboro.