HAWK TALK: UMES CONTINUES TO GRIND THROUGH MIDDLE PART OF SCHEDULES
April McBride has led the Lady Hawks basketball team to three consecutive wins.
April McBride has led the Lady Hawks basketball team to three consecutive wins.

Jan. 30, 2008

Christopher Delgado
UMES Sports Information

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) had four teams compete over the past few weeks with men and women's basketball, bowling, and the indoor track teams all seeing action.

BOWLING

The bowling team picked up eight wins and just one loss at the final MEAC Northern Division meet of the season in Hampton, Va. In doing so, the Lady Hawks improved their overall record to 59-13 and finished first place in the division with a 24-3 mark in MEAC play.

The Lady Hawks picked up wins over Howard (2), Hampton (2), Morgan State (2), Coppin State, and # 10 Delaware State (DSU). Their only loss came to rival DSU in a head to head match. The teams split all six meetings this season, giving UMES their only three conference losses this season.

UMES had only three games over 200 with Laura Zanrucha (Binghamton, N.Y./Susquehanna Valley H.S.) rolling the highest game at 223.

"It was a tough meet for us," said Head Coach Sharon Brummell. "However, we got through with eight wins and only one loss so we should be in good shape for MEAC's. Now we get ready for this weekend."

INDOOR TRACK

Both the men and women's teams continued to show well at the Fordham Invitational held at the Armory Track & Field Center in New York City. The men tied for second, while the women finished third as they both competed in 14 team fields.

The men finished behind Manhattan, tying LaSalle for second place with 77 points. They placed better than Holy Cross, Long Island, Iona, Fordham, St. Peter's, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Monmouth who rounded out the top 10.

Senior Clayton James (St. Catherine, Jamaica/Kingston College) picked up a win in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.54, while the team of Dexter Miller (Harlem, N.Y./Olympia H.S.), Jones-Burden, Corey Alexander (Orange, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), and James won the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:17.88.

The women totaled 89.50 points, which was good for third place behind Princeton and Rutgers. They finished better than Manhattan, Long Island, Fordham, Holy Cross, LaSalle, Marist, and Fairleigh Dickinson who rounded out the top 10.

Wisdom, reigning MEAC Track and Field Female Athlete of the Week, won both of her events as she finished first in both the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash with times of 24.57 and 55.55 respectively.

Merrecia James (Portland, Jamaica/G.C. Foster College) also picked up a win in the one mile run as she crossed in 5:05.19.

The 4x400 meter relay team of Brown, James, Celia Whyte (Manchester, Jamaica/Essex County C.C.) , and Wisdom won the even in dominating fashion as they posted a 3:50.34, which was more than five seconds better than Princeton.

"It was a great meet," said Head Coach Ernest Barrett. "We had some impressive finishers and showed that we can compete with some of the best teams in the East."

Following her performance in the meet, Wisdom, was named MEAC Track and Field Female Athlete of the Week for the second straight week, while James was named as an `other top performer' on the men's side.

Both teams had another solid performance at the Penn State Open. The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Brown, Whyte, James, and Wisdom set a new school record with a time of 3:42.40, shattering the previous time of 3:37.93, and with that time finished two seconds shy of provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. They finished second behind Penn State.

James Moore (Manassas, Va./Osbourn H.S.) also set a new school record in the high jump with a jump of 2.09 meters (6'10.25"). He finished second in the event based on a judge's decision. Moore broke the previous record held by Christopher Morrison who set the record in 2005 with a jump of 2.08 meters (6'10").

The women's only first place finish came from James who won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.85

"We accomplished some impressive feats today," said Barrett. "I am proud of the way we competed and we are very close in a few areas of qualifying for nationals."

For a complete recap and/or results visit www.umeshawks.com.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

In other news, the women's basketball team defeated Winston-Salem State, 82-46, in a MEAC contest that was not counted in the official standings. They lost their next two MEAC games to South Carolina State, 65-62, and North Carolina A&T, 72-59, but have since rattled off three consecutive conference wins over Norfolk State, 88-65, Florida A&M, 60-50, and Bethune-Cookman, 77-51.

UMES (10-8, 3-2 MEAC) is led by April McBride (New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle H.S.) who is averaging 17 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game through conference play. For the season, McBride leads the Lady Hawks with 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Fellow teammate Tiffany Reid (Philadelphia, Pa./National Christian Academy) is the team's second leading scorer with 13.3 point per game, while averaging a team-high 3.07 assists and 2.4 steals per game.

Freshman Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md./Mardela H.S.) is third Lady Hawk to average in double figures in scoring with 10.6 points per game to go along with her 2.76 assists per game. Senior Brittany Adkins (Millsboro, Del./Sussex Technical H.S.) has picked up her play with a steady 5.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while freshman Chena Parker (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Manhattan Center for Science and Math) is shooting a team-high 54.8 percent from the floor.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

In other action, the men's basketball team has dropped ten straight games with recent losses coming against Winston-Salem State, 105-59, South Carolina State, 68-60, North Carolina A&T, 61-49, Norfolk State, 84-65, Dartmouth, 86-62, Florida A&M, 72-62, and Bethune-Cookman, 63-54.

UMES (2-19, 0-6 MEAC) is led by Ed Tyson (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook H.S.), the MEAC's second leadings scorer, with 18.6 points per game. He is also first on the team in free-throw shooting (72.9 percent), three-point shooting (32.1 percent), and minutes per game (35.38). Backcourt mate Marc Davis (Baltimore, Md./Walbrook H.S.), the team's second leading scorer, is averaging 11 points per game, while dishing out a team-high 3.05 assists per game.

Freshmen Denzel Jackson (Philadelphia, Pa./Lincoln H.S.) is first on the team and tied for third in the MEAC with 6.8 rebounds per game. Jackson leads the team with 1.71 steals per game, which ranks second in the conference.

BJ Nimocks (Detroit, Mich./Cloud County C.C.), Jahmal Bivins (Baltimore, Md./Randallstown H.S.), and Gary Lee (Flint, Mich./Northwestern University) have been integral parts of the Hawks offense in the absence of both starting center Aleksandar Popovic (Novi Sad, Serbia/Weatherford College) and reserve center Brandon Moore (Baltimore, Md./Southern H.S.).

Nimocks finished with a career-high 16 points on a perfect six-for-six from the field against Dartmouth, while it was Lee who stepped up against Florida A&M scoring a career-high 14 points off the bench. Not to be outdone, Bivins filled in nicely against Bethune-Cookman as he had a career night with seven points, seven rebounds, and two assists in 20 minutes of play.

UPCOMING MEET

The indoor track teams will try to qualify for nationals when they compete at the Yale Giegengack Invitational in New Haven, Conn. on February 1 and 2.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENT

The UMES bowling team will start to prepare for the MEAC Championships as they head to Jonesboro, Ark. to compete in the Lady Indian Invitational on February 1-3. The Tournament is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m., Noon, and 8:00 a.m. respectively.

UPCOMING GAMES

The UMES men and women's basketball teams will travel to Baltimore for a game against Morgan State University (MSU) on Saturday, February 2, before returning to play Coppin State University on Monday, February 4.

The Lady and Fighting Hawks will face the Bears at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. respectively on Saturday, while Monday's tip-off times against the Eagles are set for 5:30 p.m. for the women and 7:30 p.m. for the men.

All basketball games can be heard live on www.umeshawks.com and live on the radio at WTGM-AM 960 The Team.