Dec. 14, 2009
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Hyche Center was busy all week long as both the men's and women's basketball teams were in action. The men's and women's indoor track teams were also active, hosting the Coach O Collegiate Challenge. The men's basketball team won their third straight game for the first time since the 2001-02 season, while the Lady Hawks dropped a heart breaker.
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference named freshman Sean Berry (Irvington, N.J.) Rookie of the Week on Monday.
Berry fell two points shy of a double-double with eight points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the Hawks victory over Navy on Wednesday. The win ended the UMES' 16-year losing streak to the Mids and improved the Hawks record to 3-5.
Sophomore Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) paced the Hawks as he grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds (nine on the offensive end) and scored a career-high-tying 16 points in his second start of the season as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team topped the Navy Midshipmen, 80-72, Wednesday evening at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center.
In addition to Hines, three other Hawks scored in double digits with redshirt sophomore Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) leading UMES with 20 points, junior Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had 11 and redshirt junior Tim Burns (Franklinville, N.J.) with 10. Two other Hawks had double-digit rebounds with senior Neal Pitt (Fort Washington, Md.) along with Berry each going for 10.
Iona forward Kristina Ford hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 1.7 seconds left to lift the Gaels to a 53-50 non-conference victory over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center Monday.
Down 48-46 with 53 seconds to play sophomore Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) stole the ball from Iona's Thazina Cook and took it to the hoop to knot the game at 48. The Gaels' Cook was then fouled and knocked down two shots from the line to restore her team's advantage with 31 seconds remaining but UMES' Cook nailed a pair of pressure shots from the stripe to pull even with 13.5 seconds left to set up the winning shot.
Iona's Cook led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting to help the Gaels (3-4) stop a three-game losing streak. The Lady Hawks fell to 1-4 on the season with the loss.
Cook paced UMES with 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists while junior Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.) added nine points and freshman Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) chipped in eight points, two assists and a steal.
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the eight-team field that will compete for the 2010 conference championship, held March 19-21 at the Gate City Lanes in Greensboro, N.C.
Delaware State University (DSU) secured the northern division's top spot with a 29-1 mark in MEAC play. UMES was second with a 23-7 mark, five of those losses coming to the Hornets. Hampton and Morgan State Universities round out the top four teams to make it the field from the northern division.
Despite being topped in league play, UMES is currently ranked no. 2 in the nation while DSU is no. 3. UMES currently posts a 45-15 overall record.
The Championships start Friday, March 19 with a qualifying round to determine seeding. Teams will then compete in a second qualifying round with Baker games and then placed in a double-elimination bracket.
Play continues Saturday with teams competing in a best-of-seven Baker series. The Championships conclude on Sunday, March 21 beginning with the semifinal round and concluding with the championship final. Match times will be announced at a later date.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
The men's and women's indoor track and field team opened their season Friday with the Coach O Collegiate Invitational at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center and throwers Saisha Woodward (Atlanta, Ga.) and Marcus Brown (Gaithersburg, Md.) both broke school records.
Sophomore Vanessa Henry (Capital Heights, Md.) first broke the women's weight throw record on Friday with a throw of 15.12 meters before Woodward, a senior, threw for 15.78 meters to set the new record. Woodward held the previous record, set on February 7, 2009 at the Christopher Newport Invitational in Virginia Beach, Va. with a throw of 14.67 meters.
In the shot put, Henry placed first with a throw of 13.99 meters while Woodward was first in the weight throw with her record 15.78 meters.
Brown, a freshman, set a new UMES record in the men's throw with a distance of 14.63 meters. The previous record was held by current senior James Moore (Manassas, Va.), when he set it at 11.09 meters at the MEAC Championships in Landover, Md. on February 14, 2009.
The Lady Hawks placed first in 12 out of 16 events in competition against Salisbury University and Virginia State University.
The men's team placed first in 11 out of their 16 events in competition against SU, VSU and Wesley College.
UPCOMING WEEK (DEC. 14-20)
The men's basketball team takes a week off for final exams before heading to the Midwest for a contest against Wright State (Dayton, Ohio) on Saturday, Dec. 19.
The Lady Hawks are off until Dec. 19 when it hosts in-state rival Towson at the Hytche Center at 3 p.m.
The bowling team has nearly a month off until they travel to the Mid-Winter Classic in Little Rock, Ark. January 15-17, 2010.
Both the men's and women's teams also have off for nearly a month until they compete in the NYU Gotham Cup in New York, N.Y. on January 8, 2010.
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