Morgan sweeps cross town rivals, wins 57-49, on senior night

Morgan State’s women’s basketball snapped their four game losing streak against Coppin State on Thursday.


Jordan D. Brown

Morgan State vs. Coppin State game at Hill Field House, March 2, 2023.

Julian Revelle, Contributing Writer

Morgan State’s women’s basketball team won a crucial conference matchup against Coppin State on Thursday that built momentum for next week’s MEAC tournament in Norfolk.

The 57-49 win at Hill Field House set the tone for the Baltimore rivalry game and Morgan’s basketball senior night.

Morgan’s athletic program highlighted five seniors, Charlene Shepherd,  Maya Bumbray, Sunshine McCrae, Vanessa Oduah, and Ja’Niah Henson, ahead of their last home game at Morgan. 

The Eagles were looking for their sixth conference win while the Bears were looking to snap a four game losing streak in the last conference regular season match.

The Bears made history after setting the program record for most home wins in a season with 11 out of 13. Head coach Ed Davis also recorded his 99th win at Morgan State. 

Shepherd led all scorers with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while McCrae and Henson combined for 21 of the Bears’ 57 points. 

Morgan led at halftime, 31-25, and kept the pedal to the medal as they were up by 16 in the third quarter.

The Bears had 44 points in the paint while creating 32 points off of Coppin’s 12 turnovers.

The Bears were shooting from the field at 40 percent while holding the Eagles to a 28 percent field goal shooting. 

The student section was packed as fellow students came to the Hill Field House to support the Bears before next week’s MEAC tournament.

Morgan finished this season with a 17-10 record and 10-4 in conference play.

The Bears finished the season second place in the MEAC tied with Howard.

Next week, the Bears travel to Norfolk to face the University of Maryland Eastern on March 8 Shore in the first round of the MEAC tournament at the Norfolk Scope Arena.