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Milleson nails down first Lady Bear commitment



Missouri State women's basketball head coach Nyla Milleson has received a commitment from Fort Scott Community College three-point specialist Tiffany Coppage to join the Lady Bear program for the 2007-08 season. Coppage becomes the first player to officially commit to the Lady Bears since Milleson was named head coach on April 9.

A 5-8 junior guard from Kansas City, Mo., Coppage joins her former head coach at Fort Scott, Kristy Guffey, in making the move to Springfield. In two seasons at Fort Scott, Coppage averaged 12.4 points in 62 games and led the Lady Greyhounds in three-point field goals made with 146. This past season, she connected on 79-of-230 attempts from beyond the arc and averaged 12.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest to help Fort Scott to a 22-10 mark, the best single-season finish in school history. Coppage was a second team All-Jayhawk Conference pick in 2006-07.

"Tiffany shoots the three with a great deal of confidence and, being a junior, we’ll also look to her for leadership," Milleson stated. "If you can have the kind of success she’s had in the Jayhawk Conference, you can be successful here."

Coppage came to Fort Scott after leading Lincoln Prep Academy to a 26-5 record and the Missouri Class 4 title game as a senior in 2005. She averaged 15.3 points per contest while shooting at a 52 percent clip from three-point range.

"I think the big thing with Tiffany is the level of maturity she brings to our program," Milleson added. "Her desire and effort to be the best she can be every single day reflects that and we think she’ll certainly have a positive impact on our program."

Coppage joins point guard Janette Jackson out of Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High in Missouri State’s 2007 recruiting class. Jackson committed to MSU in November.



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