HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF HAWK ATHLETICS
Dec. 5, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program provided one of its best weeks in recent times as the Hawks combined to go 13-2 in action. The bowling team went 10-0 at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Division meet while the women’s basketball team won both of its contests. The men’s basketball team split two games and the volleyball team fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
UMES had another solid outing in conference play this past weekend, sporting a perfect 10-0 mark, to improve to 20-0 overall in MEAC play on the young season.
Junior Anggie Ramirez led all Hawk bowlers, averaging a 200.4 over five games, including four games of 200 or better, to tally 1,002 pins. In team games, UMES won 912-769 over Howard, 911-625 over Coppin State, 1027-956 over DSU, 957-818 over Hampton and 951-751 over Morgan State.
In baker games, head coach Sharon Brummell used all seven bowlers in a variety of lineups to secure five wins, Coppin State (863-601), Howard (943-645), Hampton (810-752), Morgan State (878-772) and Delaware State (846-690).
The men’s basketball team went 1-1 this week as they opened the week by defeating the United States Naval Academy, 59-46, before dropping a 78-68 decision to Delaware State University in the Hawks’ MEAC opener. The win over Navy broke the Hawks’ six-game losing streak.
In the victory over Navy, UMES jumped out to a 29-24 halftime lead and would continue its strong play into the second as the Hawks posted a 13 point victory over the Midshipmen. UMES had three players collect double-digit points and were led by the effort of senior forward Tyler Hines, who posted a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The Hawks opened their MEAC schedule this past Saturday with a loss to Delaware State, 78-68, at the Hytche Center. UMES jumped out to a lead in the contest and led by four at half. The men would relinquish the lead early in the second half and were unable to overcome several turnovers. The men were paced by Hillary Haley, who had 22 points and 12 rebounds.
UMES saw a balanced effort on the week from freshman guard Ishaq Pitt. For the week, he had 27 points, 11 rebounds, ten assists and three steals.
Pitt’s efforts allowed him to being distinguished as the men's recipient of the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Dec. 5
The women’s basketball team went 2-0 this past week as the Hawks posted a 39-37 overtime victory over American University before defeating Delaware St., 60-32, in their MEAC opener.
Defense has been the name of the game for the Hawks this season and this past week was no different. The women held their opponents to just an average of 34 total points and limited the opposition to less than 26 percent from the field in both games.
The women forced 12 steals and brought down 50 rebounds in the winning effort against American. In their first win of the season, the Hawks were led by senior guard Kwinnyata Mercer, who had a game-high 13 points and nine rebounds. The women also saw productive efforts from sophomore forward Shanyce Stewart (11 rebounds) and junior guard Chelsea Sanders (12 points, four steals).
UMES limited DSU to just eight first-half points en route to posting to winning by 28 and posting its largest winning margin in nearly two years. The previous high was seen on Jan. 11, 2010, when the women defeated Winston-Salem State University by 27 points.
UMES was led in the game by senior forward Adobi Agbasi, who collected her first double-double effort of the season with season-highs in points (10) and rebounds (11). Sanders posted a game-high 13 points and had seven rebounds while senior guard Amber Cook dished out four assists. Mercer was a perfect 3-for-3 from long range in the victory.
Sanders’ efforts allowed him to being distinguished as the men's recipient of the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Dec. 5. It was her second consecutive week being honored with this award.
The best volleyball season in University of Maryland Eastern Shore history came to a close as the Hawks fell to No.9 seed University of California – Los Angeles (12-25, 12-25, 9-25) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the John Wooden Center.
The Hawks saw three players collect double-digit kills in the contest with freshman Saitaua Iosia leading the way with a team-high 20. Senior Rebecca Prado had five digs while junior Ndidi Ibe had three blocks.
UPCOMING WEEK (Dec. 5-Dec. 11)
The volleyball team has concluded its 2011-12 season, while the bowling team is off until after the New Year.
The men’s basketball team concludes their three-game home stand this week when they host Mercy College on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.
The women will hit the road for a nine-game road trip beginning with a contest against University of Maryland – Baltimore County on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. UMES will travel to Penn State on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.
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