Courtesy of Coppin State Athletic Communications
DOVER, Del. – Jaia Alexander scored a career-high 35 points to lead the Coppin State women’s basketball team to a 64-56 victory at Delaware State on Wednesday evening with a final score of 64-56 in Memorial Hall.
Alexander’s 35 points tie for the fourth highest scoring individual scoring output in CSU single-game history. This is the most points scored by a Coppin player in ten years, as well as the most points scored by a MEAC player this season. A Baltimore, native, Alexander notched her fourth double-double for the season with a game-high 12 rebounds and made 14-of-27 field goals.
Aliyah Lawson was the Eagles second leading scorer with 11 points, six rebounds, and led the team with six assists. Jewel Watkins and Mossi Staples chipped in with five points each, while Colleen Bucknor was the Eagles’ second leading rebounder with eight.
Coppin outshot Delaware State 40.3% to 37.7% and outrebounded the Hornets, 44-39
Alexander scored 10 of the team’s 12 points in the opening quarter, which included two and-1s. Delaware State managed to take a lead at 3:04 and led by two going into the second. The Hornets however got caught off guard when Coppin got hot from beyond the arch with four threes in the second quarter.
Lawson sparked an 11-0 run mid second quarter with back-to-back threes, followed by a jumper from Alexander, and capped off with a three-pointer from Staples. Watkins hit a three to close the half and put Coppin up 31-30 going into the half.
The Eagles started the second half on a 6-0 run. Despite Delaware States efforts to deflate the run with a 3-pointer by Janasia Law, Alexander converted on her fourth three-point play to generate another 6-0 run, ending with a big three from Alexandria Hamilton. Coppin managed to capitalize off Delaware State’s turnovers, as it scored five points from back-to-back turnovers to conclude the third quarter.
Lawson hit her third three of the game to extend the Eagles lead into double digits in the fourth quarter. The Hornets attempted to make a comeback, but they did not account for Bucknor being notorious of making big fourth quarter plays, as she scored on a putback layup to solidify the Eagles double-digit lead and a win for Coppin.