The Morgan State Lady Bears Compete for Championship

Penelope Blackwell

The Morgan State Lady Bears basketball team will begin to claw their way toward a Championship in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference tournament on Mar. 5.

The Lady Bears received the no. 6 seed in this year’s tournament taking on inner city rivals Coppin state (no. 11 seed) in their first matchup. The Lady Bears split the season series 1-1. Coppin took the first win on Jan. 2018, 53-55, but the Lady Bears would get their revenge on Feb. 26, with an outstanding point differential of 73-59.

The Lady Bears have struggled away from home posting a 5-10 (road) and 0-1 (neutral) record. Luckily they will start their tournament climb against a team they beat last week.

The Lady Bears will be led by senior forward ALL MEAC-third team selection Lexus Spears. Spears averaged 14 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game.

MEAC Tournament Favorites:

North Carolina A&T (NCAT) comes into the tournament with the no.1 seed by posting a 20-8 record throughout the regular season. Currently A&T is riding a 8-game win streak, and posted an outstanding 15-1 in conference record. Based on A&T’s play throughout the season it’s going to take a huge upset for them not to come home with the championship.

MEAC Tournament Dark Horses:

Hampton University won the championship last year, and experience plays a huge role in college basketball tournaments. Hampton received the no.3 seed for tournament, posting a season record of 16-13 overall, 12-4 in conference.

Morgan has strung together wins consecutively all season long. Based on their season play, if Morgan wins a game the next game is a guaranteed victory. If Morgan can get pass Coppin State in their first game, they will take on Hampton in the next round. Morgan lost to Hampton by three points in their earlier meeting. Hampton may have won the game, but a three-point margin isn’t something to hang your hat on. If Morgan can get pass Hampton they will likely play Bethune-Cookman, and eventually NCAT. Morgan played both opponents but lost with a close average margin seven-points.

During March Madness “Cinderella” stories often occur and Morgan’s glass slipper may just shine enough to become one.