HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (NOVEMBER 25TH THROUGH DECEMBER 1ST)
Freshman guard Hakeem Baxter (pictured) earned MEAC Rookie of the Week for the first time this season
Freshman guard Hakeem Baxter (pictured) earned MEAC Rookie of the Week for the first time this season

Dec. 1, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, women’s basketball earning MEAC honors while winning their second straight contest, volleyball season review, indoor track schedule, weekend results, and more, including Fifty Shades of Maroon & Gray and Walk With a Hawk.

Shall we begin:

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (11/25), freshman guard Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned the Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Athlete of the Week award, along with women’s basketball Jessica Long, for the second time this season. On Nov. 20th, Baxter led the Hawks with 22 points in a 78-71 victory over Mount St. Mary’s.

On the same day (11/25), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) released its weekly men’s basketball honors and Baxter was named MEAC Rookie of the Week for the first-time this season after his performance against Mount St. Mary’s.

The next day (11/26), despite holding its own for the majority of the game, the men’s basketball team was unable to stop the Naval Academy in the end as the Hawks fell to the Midshipmen, 67-59. Senior forward Francis Ezeiru (Enugu, Nigeria) logged his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards while junior guard KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) notched a team-high 16 points. Baxter recorded his fourth double-digit point total of the year with 15 points while senior forward Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) had five assists and two steals.

Tomorrow (12/2), the Hawks square off against the University of Maryland Baltimore-County (UMBC) at the Retriever Activities Center (RAC). Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

On Nov. 25th, junior guard Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) won PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week, alongside men’s basketball Hakeem Baxter, for the second time this season. On Nov. 23rd, Long paced the Lady Hawks’ comeback against George Mason as she scored 27 points, including the game-winner in overtime to defeat the Patriots, 93-91.

On the same day (11/25), the MEAC announced its women’s basketball weekly honors and UMES sophomore forward/center Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) received MEAC Defensive Player of the Week (POW) for the first time this season. Udoji guided the Lady Hawks defense with eleven rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in the overtime victory over George Mason University. Offensively, Udoji averaged 14.5 points-per-game (ppg), 8.0 rebounds-per-game (rpg), 2.0 blocks-per-game (bpg), and 1.5 steals-per-game (spg) in a pair of non-conference games.

Last Tuesday (11/26), the women’s basketball team withstood a late rally to win their second consecutive game against the Lions of Lincoln (Pa.) University, 71-63, and improve to .500 on the season (3-3). Long registered her first-career double-double as she scored a game-high 24 points and a career-high 10 boards. Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) found her rhythm by scoring all her points in the second half and finished with 12 points, including a game-high three triples. Other notable Hawk performances included Udoji recording her fourth-career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Senior Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) grabbed 20 boards, a new career-high and most for a UMES player since Tiffany Winkfield did it back in 2002 against Norfolk State.

This Tuesday (12/3), the women’s basketball team head to West Long Branch (N.J.) to face Monmouth University. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

This season, the indoor track teams will compete in thirteen meets over the 2013-2014 Indoor Season, including three home meets at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center and ten road meets in four different states, from Massachusetts to Virginia.

On Dec. 3rd, the season begins with the women’s team heading to Annapolis, Md. to compete in the Navy Lid Lifter meet on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy. The teams will then host the Coach O Collegiate Invite (12/6) and the Coach O High School Invitational (12/7).

VOLLEYBALL

On Nov. 10th, the volleyball team ended their 2013 campaign against Hampton University at the Hytche Athletic Center and finished 3-21 overall (2-10 MEAC). The Lady Hawks had numerous highlights during the 2013 season, including their first victory of the season against Bethune-Cookman and dramatic finishes versus Delaware State.

The young Lady Hawks look to learn and build from the 2013 season and return back to their winning ways during the 2014 season.

GENERAL

SEASON TICKETS

Fans have an opportunity to see all 25 men’s and women’s basketball home games this season for only $125. Additionally, fans purchasing season-tickets can get two (2) passes to the 2014 MEAC Basketball Tournament for just $75 more.

Fans can log onto www.umestickets.com and buy single game tickets or buy one of the above mentioned packages. For those still preferring tickets via mail or in-person, a season-ticket packet can be downloaded at www.umeshawks.com, filled out, and returned with payment to the UMES Ticket Office.

If a fan needs one mailed, just call (410)651-6496. Orders can be taken over the phone or a packet can be sent out via mail or e-mail.

FIFTY SHADES OF MAROON & GRAY

The UMES athletic program announced its seventh featured Hall of Famer: women’s basketball Sondra Cockfield. The spotlight on Cockfield continued its UMES’ countdown to the 2014 Hall of Fame induction on Feb. 14th.

Cockfield put together a fabulous basketball career at UMES as she was known for her ability to shoot and make shots in the clutch. Cockfield tallied over 1,000 points while finishing with 282 assists, including a school-record 160 in 1990-91. She was also named to the 1991 MEAC All-Tournament Team, but her career was highlighted by being named the MEAC Player of the Year in 1992.

During her tenure, the Lady Hawks appeared in the MEAC Semifinals twice while orchestrating a 33-23 overall record (20-8 MEAC) in her final two seasons. In 2010, Cockfield was enshrined into the UMES Hall of Fame.

WALK WITH A HAWK

This week’s Walk With A Hawk featured men’s track & field Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica). Simon specializes in shot-put during the indoor & outdoor seasons, but when he is not excelling on the athletic field he is a business administration major who hopes to work for a Fortune-500 company one day.

To read more about Dillon, please visit www.umeshawks.com.

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