HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF HAWK ATHLETICS
Dec. 18, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - There is less than one week until Christmas and the holiday break is fully underway at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Despite the institution being on academic break, the athletic program still saw two of its teams in action. The women’s basketball team dropped a pair of games on the road, while the men’s basketball team fell in their only contest.
The men dropped a decision on the road at The Air Force Academy, 64-60, on Saturday night in Colorado Springs, Co. UMES trailed by 10 at halftime but came out of the gates with authority to begin the second. The men posted a late rally to even the game in the latter stages, but it was as close as they would get as a late Air Force basket proved to be the decider.
The highlight of the night was the play of sophomore Ron Spencer, who made his Hawks debut in the loss. Spencer was a force for UMES as he tallied an 11 point, eight rebound and three block effort for the men. The 6’9 center is a recent transfer from the University of Tennessee – Martin and made his presence known on the boards with a team-high six offensive rebounds.
Junior forward Pina Guillaume posted his first double-double of the season for UMES as he tallied a 12 point, 11 rebounds line. Junior guard Percy Woods registered 37 minutes of time on the court for the Hawks and rewarded the Hawks with a team-high 14 points.
Spencer'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. 19.
UMES began the week with a loss at Towson University before the women traveled to Tampa, Fla., to engage in a matchup against the Bulls of the University of South Florida. Although the team went on to drop both games, several Hawk players finished with impressive performances.
The team fell behind early in each contest and were unable to overcome large halftime leads.
The matchup against Towson proved to be the coming out party for several Hawk freshmen. The top three scorers for UMES in the game were all freshman as Jessica Long had a team-high 11 points while Porsha Barr and Shawnee Sweeney each finished with nine. Long had a game-high five steals and was 2-for-3 from long range.
In the match against USF, senior forward Adobi Agbasi notched her 150th career block as she had six blocks in the game. Agbasi also chipped in with a team-high nine rebounds and finished with six points. Senior guard Amber Cook had a team-high 15 points and four rebounds, while junior forward Chelsea Sanders finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
The team also participated in a goodwill effort when the women traveled to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa on Friday, Dec. 16 . Their experience included a facility tour, a tutorial on the hospitals creation and interaction with several different people.
Cook's efforts allowed her to being distinguished as the men's recipient of the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Dec. 19.
UPCOMING WEEK (Dec. 19-Dec. 25)
There is only one team in action this week for UMES as the women's basketball team hits the road on Wednesday, Dec. 21 when they travel to Old Dominion University.
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