Chena Parker has grabbed at least five rebounds her last three contests.

Chena Parker has grabbed at least five rebounds her last three contests.

Jan. 24, 2011

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- The spring session of classes has begun at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, however the winter season continues in earnest in Princess Anne. Basketball continues play at home will indoor track and bowling keeps up the fight on the road.

The Hawks suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Eagles of Coppin State, leading in most of the second half but falling in the end 77-68. UMES fell to 4-14 overall and 1-4 in the MEAC.

Hillary Haley (Oxon Hill, Md.) got his second double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Two other Hawks nearly got a double-double: Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) with 10 points and nine rebounds and Kevin White (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with eight points and nine assists.

Despite a loss to Savannah State 62-52 in the middle of the week, the Lady Hawks improved their MEAC standing with a strong 66-56 win over Coppin State to go to 3-2 in the conference, good for 5th place, and 6-12 overall. The Hawks have now won four out of their last six games, including their last three MEAC games.

Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.) had a season-high 26 points against Coppin State plus 15 against Savannah State. Chena Parker (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) got five points and six rebounds in each of the two contests. Courtney Braxton (Virginia Beach, Va.) got a career high seven points and two rebounds in the win against Coppin State.

The Hawks indoor track team continued their season with the Great Dane Track and Field Classic, hosted by the University at Albany. UMES finished fourth on the women's side, finishing ahead of fellow MEAC teams Morgan State and Delaware State, and tied for ninth on the men's side with UMass Amherst, getting better scores than Delaware State and Coppin State. Albany took first place on the women's side while Connecticut won the men's side.

In addition, Cynthia Anais (Martinique, France) was named Female Track MVP of the event after setting the meet record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.95, beating the old mark by over a second. The time is also the fastest in UMES history.

The Hawks also earned first-place marks in the women's 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:49.20, the women's shot put with Vanessa Henry (Capital Heights, Md.) getting a distance of 14.63 meters and the men's 400-meter dash with Andre Walsh's (St. Catherine, Jamaica) time of 48.78 seconds.

The Hawks finished fourth overall in the Big Red Invitational, hosted by the University of Nebraska, with an average score of 198.53, less than five pins behind the winner, Central Missouri (203.51). The Hawks success continues as they have finished all tournaments so far this season with at least a fourth place finish.

Paula Vilas (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) finished fifth overall in the individual standings with an average score of 212. Kara Richard of Central Missouri got first place with an average score of 233.

The basketball MEAC doubleheaders continue this week as Morgan State comes to Princess Anne on Monday, January 24th. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the doubleheader are just ten dollars for the whole day. Then on Saturday, January 29th, the teams head to the nation's capital for a doubleheader against Howard. The women play at 2:00 p.m. followed by the men at 4:00 p.m. All four games will be broadcast on the Hawks Radio Network.

The Hawks bowling team will continue their travels as they head to Redding, Pennsylvania this weekend to compete in the Golden Bear Invitational, hosted by Kutztown University, with the largest field in any NCAA bowling tournament. The 28-team field will include Fairleigh Dickenson, Vanderbilt, New Jersey City and Kutztown. The tournament will be broadcast on bowl.com.

The indoor track team will head north to State College, Pennsylvania to compete in the two-day Penn State National on Friday, January 28th and Saturday, January 29th.