BALTIMORE -- Kyesha Lewis was the only South Carolina State player to reach double figures with 10 as the Lady Bulldogs suffered their poorest shooting game of the year in dropping a 56-39 decision at Coppin State Saturday.
In its most lackluster performance of the campaign, S.C. State shot just 22.2 percent (12-54) from the field, including a dismal 5-31 in the second half and just 2-18 in the final period when Coach Doug Robertson’s team was outscored 17-8.
“We struggled shooting the ball all game and really never found any rhythm,” said a disappointed Robertson. Not only did we not shoot the ball well, we also didn’t make good decisions on defense. Coppin State, meanwhile, played well on defense and stuck to its principles on offense.”
Following Lewis in scoring for the Lady Bulldogs was Bryeasha Blair, the team’s leading scorer, held to just 8 points. Kemoni Jenkins added six points and a team-high eight rebounds in the loss that put S.C. State’s record at 7-12 overall and 2-5 in the MEAC.
Coppin had three players in double figures, led by Genesis Lucas’ 18 points, to go along with eight boards. Chance Graham added 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Maraiyah contributed 14 points for the Lady Eagles who improved to 5-14 and 4-3 in the league.
Host Coppin State led 26-24 after a ragged first half in which both teams struggled with their shooting from the field. The Lady Eagles made just 23.1 percent (6-26) of their attempts from the field, including a 1-10 showing from three-point range. S.C. State was only slightly better, nailing 7-23 tries for a 30.4 percent accuracy, including 1-3 beyond the arc.
Graham and Lucas each had eight points and Smith seven for Coppin in the opening 20 minutes. S.C. State got seven points from Lewis and five from Jaquanna Murray in the first half. The rebounds were dead even, with each team grabbing 22. The final tally on the boards was S.C. State 44, Coppin 42. Each team committed 17 turnovers.
S.C. State will remain in Baltimore to take on Morgan State in a league doubleheader, beginning at 5:30 p.m.