WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ON A ROLL AND MEN'S BASKETBALL SWEEPS NJIT
Feb. 2, 2009
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The women’s basketball team is on a roll at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). The Lady Hawks have gone 9-3 since opening their season with six straight losses and the men’s basketball team swept their series with NJIT. Sophomore Maria Rodriguez and junior Allodin Fothergill have been named UMES Athletes of the week for the period ending January 26.
Rodriguez helped the fifth ranked women’s bowling team to its first tournament title of the season on January 24-25, the Lady Bulldog Classic in Bowie, Md., earning MBP honors. She rolled a 240.1 average and took out 1,441 pins with a career high game of 279.
Fothergill, of the men's indoor track team, won the 400 meters at the University at Albany Great Dane Classic at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York, N.Y. Fothergill set a meet-record time of 47.46 earning his team 10 points and an 11th-place showing.
His time also qualified him for the IC4A Championship at Boston University March 7-8.
UMES junior Neal Pitt was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Week
Pitt averaged 22.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in helping to the Hawks to a 2-0 week, including a 73-58 win at North Carolina Central January 21. The victory ended the nation's third longest road losing streak at 26 games.
Pitt had a game-high 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting to go along with five rebounds against the Eagles. He followed that up with his fourth double-double of the season of 20 points and 10 boards in a 54-50 win over the Rattlers.
Four UMES players scored double figures and Pitt collected his fifth double-double of the season as the Hawks defeated NJIT, 73-67, at the Prudential Center. Pitt had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Gary Lee tallied a team-high 17 and grabbed nine boards, while freshman Jaime Boyer and sophomore Josh Bright scored 12 and 11 apiece.
Morgan State's Reggie Holmes had a game-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting to lead the Bears over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 87-52, at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center Saturday.
Junior April McBride hit her 1,000th career point and had a career-high 29 in the win over Morgan State University (MSU) 67-58 in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.
McBride currently has a career total 1,023 points and leads the team in points and rebounds. She finished the night netting her fifth double-double of the season with game-highs of 29 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 90-percent from the free throw line.
Two other Lady Hawks finished in double digits. Casey Morton and Tiffany Reid 15 and 12 points respectively, each adding four assists to the effort. Reid ended the night with seven rebounds, shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
After a stunning performance at the Lady Bulldog Classic where she took home tournament MVP honors, UMES sophomore Rodriguez was named the MEAC Bowling Athlete of the Week for the week ending January 25.
This is the second time she has earned the award this season. The 2008 All-American also rolled a 279 against the host Bowie State, her best collegiate game. All in all she tallied five team games with 200 or better. Rodriguez's play, along with the rest of the Hawks', earned them a 9-2 mark to improve UMES to 67-20 on the season.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams face Coppin State at home on ESPNU February 2 with the women tipping off at 4:30 p.m. They then head across the bay bridge to Howard University on February 7 for more MEAC action. The Lady Hawks take to the court at 2 p.m. and the men follow at 4 p.m.
Women’s bowling will be in Dover, Del. February 7-8 for the Capital Classic.