Williams returns, but NCCU women's can't duck18th straight loss

Jan. 26, 2013 @ 07:52 PM

N.C. Central’s go-to girl returned to the lineup but wasn’t very productive in a 53-38 loss to Coppin State in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium on Saturday.

NCCU has played all season with no more than eight players, so having Chasidy Williams in uniform and available was welcome news. But NCCU coach Vanessa Taylor limited the redshirt senior’s minutes to allow her body time to get readjusted to getting up and down the floor in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Williams had been out since hurting her ankle during a Dec. 19 loss to UNC Greensboro.

Coppin State (8-12, 4-3 MEAC) didn’t shoot the ball especially well, just 35.7 percent from the field. The visitors did manage to find the bottom of the net a little more often than NCCU, particularly in the first half.

NCCU finished the game shooting 32.6 percent, but only 24 percent in the first half.

“We missed five layups in the first half, so that changes kind of how you feel going into the half,” Taylor said.

NCCU had good energy in the first half but wasn’t able to sustain it, Taylor said.

Kyra Coleman (10 points) led Coppin State in scoring, and Larrisa Carter (8 points) attacked the backboards for 9 rebounds.

NCCU’s Tisha Dixon cleaned the glass, wiping up 17 rebounds to go with a team-high 10 points, the first double-double of her college career. But Dixon’s teammates didn’t give her much help.

That’s been hurting the Lady Eagles (0-18, 0-5) this season — not getting solid contributions from multiple players each game, Taylor said.
 

COPPIN STATE 53,  N.C. CENTRAL 38
COPPIN STATE (8-12, 4-3 MEAC) —Coleman 3-8 4-6 10, Spotwood 4-8 0-0 9, Carter 4-9 0-0 8, Maynard 2-9 1-1 6, Holsey 1-6 3-4 5, Payne 2-6 0-0 5, Craig 1-4 0-0 3, Lane 1-2 1-2 3, Henderson 1-1 0-0 2, Swails 1-2 0-0 2, Griffin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-56 9-13 53.
N.C. CENTRAL (0-18, 0-5 MEAC) — Dixon 2-8 6-7 10, Perry 3-6 0-0 8, Blount 3-3 0-0 6, A. Neely 2-5 0-0 5, Williams 1-7 1-2 3, Hoyle 1-4 0-0 2, Gary 1-4 0-0 2, T. Neely 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 14-43 7-9 38.
Coppin State 24 29—53
N.C. Central 17 21—38

3-Point FG: CSU 4-10 (Payne 1-2, Spotwood 1-4, Maynard 1-2, Craig 1-2),  NCCU 3-7 (Perry 2-5, A. Neely 1-1, Hoyle 0-1). Fouled Out: CSU None,  NCCU None. Rebounds: CSU 30 (Carter 9),  NCCU 39 (Dixon 17). Assists: CSU 15 (Craig 6), NCCU 8 (Hoyle 2, Perry 2). Total Fouls: CSU 11,  NCCU 11. Technical Fouls: None
A—708.