HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Agbasi had nine blocks this week as the women went 1-1 in MEAC play

Agbasi had nine blocks this week as the women went 1-1 in MEAC play

Feb. 6, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program was involved in several contests this week, but it was the performance of the bowling team and sprints from junior Ackeem Smith that would steal the show. The men’s and women’s basketball teams each went 1-1 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play, while the indoor track teams saw several runners showcase their skills at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.

Let’s take a look at action from this past week:

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The Hawks began the week by dropping a 71-46 decision at North Carolina Central University. Senior Hillary Haley (Ft. Washington, Md.) was the top performer for the men as he posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Tyler Hines (Sickerville, N.J.) had a team-high 12 points and was 5-for-5 from the floor.

The men’s basketball team fell behind early in its contest against the Eagles but managed to play even with the squad in the second-half. The Hawks had every player on the active roster suit up in the contest.

UMES finished its week off with a win against Howard University, where the maroon and grey picked up their fourth home win of the season with a 78-65 victory. Haley once again stole the show for the men, as he notched a game-high 22 points to bring his average on the week to 16.5 ppg. The Hawks shot a season-high 54 percent from the field in the win.

The men currently stand with a 5-16 record and are 11th in the MEAC standings.

BOWLING

The bowling team rebounded from an early hole at this past weekend’s Prairie View Invitational as the Hawks finished in second. The team benefitted from the fine performance of junior T’Nia Falbo (Greenburg, Pa.), who was named to the All-Tournament team and a second-place overall finish. She shot a season-high 280 in the Hawks’ win over No. 1 Valparaiso University.

The team went 2-3 to begin the tournament but went 5-0 on Saturday to secure a good position heading into the final day. The team won its first two games on Sunday with a 4-0 decision over Jackson (Miss.) State University and a 4-1 win over Arkansas State University. The squad was edged in the championship game by Vanderbilt, where they fell in seven games, 4-3.

Falbo's efforts helped her in being distinguished as the women's recipient of this week's PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week. It was her second consecutive week being honored with the award.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The women’s basketball team went 1-1 this week. The Hawks grinded out a 54-46 victory over N.C. Central and then concluded the week with a 49-36 loss at home to Howard. The Hawks are now in sixth-place in the MEAC standings as they stand with a record of 7-13, 4-4 in the MEAC.

In the victory over the Eagles, UMES saw junior forward Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) score a career-high 25 points. The squad limited NCCU to only two points through the first 10 minutes of second-half play. Sanders came through in the clutch for UMES when she buried two free-throws in the final moments to seal the Hawks’ win.

Senior forward Adobi Agbasi (Columbus, Ga.) had a game-high five blocks and six rebounds, while senior guard Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) had five assists.

UMES began its two-game home stand with a loss to Howard. The Hawks opened up with a 7-0 lead, before the Lady Bison went on a 15-2 run to take a commanding lead. The Hawks would dip into the lead several times but were unable to overcome a double-digit second-half deficit.

Agbasi posted four more blocks to make her total on the week to nine. She is now just 42 blocks shy of the all-time blocks record at UMES with eight regular season games to go. Sanders tied all players with 11 points at halftime; while sophomore forward Shanyce Stewart (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) had a team-high eight rebounds.

Agbasis was selected as this week's spotlight student-athlete in UMES' newest column, A Walk with a Hawk.

INDOOR TRACK

The Indoor Track & Field teams recorded solid performances at this weekend’s New Balance Collegiate Games at the Armory in New York, N.Y. The weekend saw many fine performances by both squads, including the record setting performance of Smith.

Smith won the 60m finals with a time of 6.86, before he broke the UMES school record in the 60m hurdles with a seventh-place time of 7.81. Sophomore Rico Taylor placed second in the High Jump (2.04m), while sophomore Kraig Webb placed fourth in the 400m (49.53) and junior Zavior Brown finished seventh in the 800m (1:51.79).

Sophomore Denvil Ruan was sixth in the triple-jump (14.49m).

The women were led by the efforts of senior Cynthia Anias, who placed seventh in the 800m (2:09.66). Senior Vanessa Henry placed sixth in the shotput with a throw of 15.27m, while junior Imani Cox tied a personal record with a 14.93m throw in the shotput.

Falbo's efforts helped her in being distinguished as the men's recipient of this week's PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week.


UPCOMING WEEK (Feb. 6 - Feb. 12)

The men’s and women’s basketball teams host Norfolk State University on Monday, Feb. 6 at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., before hitting the road for Morgan State University on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The softball teams opens up its season with action in the Alcorn State University tournament in Lorman, Miss., beginning on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The men’s indoor track team will participate in action at the Milrose Games at the Armory in New York, N.Y.

The bowling team will be idle this week.

 

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