Local basketball stars shine in collegiate play

BALTIMORE – A pair of former stars from Prince George’s County helped the Coppin State women’s basketball to its first conference victory last Saturday.

Chance Graham (Largo High) finished with 15 points and 19 rebounds as Coppin State University topped Savannah State University 66-57 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup in Baltimore. Genesis Lucas, from Gwynn Park High, finished with a team-high 17 points.

Graham is a sophomore from Upper Marlboro, and the 19 rebounds she finished with were a career best. Eight of those boards were offensive, which helped the Eagles in a tight game as they improved to 2-12 overall and 1-1 in the MEAC.    

As for Lucas, she did much more than just score points. She added nine assists, five rebounds, and six steals. The team honored her before the game for scoring her 1,000th career point last month in a game versus Middle Tennessee State University.

Graham helped on offense in the second quarter while Lucas pitched in before that, in the first. It’s a big reason why Coppin State took a 39-27 lead at halftime.

Savannah State rallied in the second half, but the Eagles held on.


PGCC Women lose


Gina Seifert turned in another double-double for Prince George’s Community College, but it wasn’t enough on Jan. 5 at Anne Arundel Community College.

The sophomore forward/center finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds, but Anne Arundel notched a 79-63 victory over the Owls in a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Region XX game that opened the 2018 portion of their schedule.

Seifert has scored in double-figures every game this season, but PGCC simply missed too many shots. The Owls misfired on 22-of-26 three-pointers and shot only 28 percent from the floor overall.  

AACC broke it open in the second and third quarter. Seifert and her teammates just couldn’t keep up. The Riverhawks held a 36-26 halftime lead and pushed it to a 20-point edge after three.


UMD Women Score Big Ten Win


Sometimes, 13 is a lucky number. The Maryland women’s team probably felt that way last Sunday.

The Terps won their 13th consecutive game, beating the University of Wisconsin 71-44 on Sunday afternoon. Maryland improved to 15-2 and 4-0 in the Big Ten with the victory.

Eleanna Christinaki had 14 points for Maryland while Ieshia Small scored 13. Kristen Confroy added 12 with Kaila Charles scoring 10 as the Terps had four in double-figures.

Wisconsin also hurt its cause by finishing with 14 turnovers, which Maryland turned into 23 points. The Terps got plenty of help from their bench, which accounted for 33 points, nearly half of what the team scored for the game.

Maryland jumped ahead early and held a 37-18 halftime lead and blew the game wide open in the second half.

Maryland also held a massive advantage on the boards, 42-25, and it was able to run when needed. The Badgers never took the lead in this game. Heading into the game, by the way, Maryland was ranked No. 13 in the country.

Last modified onWednesday, 10 January 2018 20:26
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