PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- April McBride scored 34 points and Maryland Eastern Shore shot 55.8 percent from the floor as the Hawks defeated Coppin State 76-56 on Saturday in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.
McBride was 13-of-21 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line to lead the Hawks. She also added a game-high seven rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Maryland Eastern Shore (9-14, 6-7 MEAC) also received Latoya Buckner and 10 points from Chena Parker.
The Eagles, who played the game without leading scorer Jeanine Manley
, shot only 39.7 percent from the floor for the game.
Maryland Eastern Shore shot 59.1 percent from the floor in the first half on its way to a 34-26 lead at the intermission.
Trailing by 13 early in the second half, the Eagles answered with an 8-0 run to get back into the game.
Whittington sparked the run by scoring four points as the Eagles cut the Maryland Eastern Shore lead to 39-34 with 15:51 to play in the game.
A three-pointer by Buckner helped the Hawks increase the lead back to 48-38 with 11:51 to play in the contest.
Spotwood keyed a 9-2 run by scoring five points as the Eagles trimmed the lead to 50-47 with 9:52 to play.
McBride connected on a three-pointer that started a decisive run for the Hawks. UMES reeled off a 15-0 run that gave it a 70-52 lead with 2:54 to play in the game.
Coppin State will travel to Delaware State on Monday (Feb. 22) for a 5:30 p.m. game in Memorial Hall.