UMES FALLS TO ELIZABETH CITY STATE 62-55
Jan. 2, 2012
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - Despite Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) matching a season-high 15 points in her home state, the Lady Hawks fell to Elizabeth City State 62-55 on Monday night to finish out their non-conference road schedule. UMES falls to 3-9 while ECSU goes to 6-4.
Defense dominated early as a Cook jumper tied the score at two with 17:18 left in the first half. The Lady Vikings went on a 5-0 run in the next four minutes, capped by a layup and free throw by Stephanie Harper, for a 7-2 lead.
UMES countered with seven straight points, led by a Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) three followed by a Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.) transition layup and a pair of free throws from Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) to take a 9-7 advantage.
ECSU rebuilt its lead to five to the 8:19 mark, with an Adobi Agbasi (Columbus, Ga.) layup cutting the deficit to three for UMES. But the Lady Vikings, assisted by a three and layup by Jasmine Whitehurst, went up by eight with 4:54 left in the period.
In the next two minutes, UMES held strong on defense, and with a pair of Cook free throws and a Sweeney layup, the Lady Hawks cut the deficit in half 23-19 with 2:53 remaining in the half.
Two-and-a-half minutes later, another 4-0 UMES run finished by a Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) layup put UMES within two. The Lady Hawks trailed by three at the half 26-23.
Scoring went back and forth in the start of the second period. After an early Harper three, free throws from Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Finney put UMES back within three. A subsequent Whitney Grey three for ECSU was countered by another 4-0 UMES run with layups from Finney and Sweeney to put the Lady Hawks within two points 32-30 with 16:10 remaining.
Back and forth play continued when at 37-35 ECSU with 12:10 left, the Lady Vikings went on a 10-3 run, capped by three transition layups by Shatara Jackson, for a 47-38 lead at the 10:17 mark. A minute and a few seconds later, ECSU held that nine-point lead 49-40.
The Lady Hawks got back to within six with layups from Cook and Agbasi to be down 50-44 with 5:22 in the half. Each side exchanged two free throws as UMES just two possessions 52-46 with 4:35 left.
By the 3:16 mark, ECSU had built an 11-point lead, finished by a layup and free throw from Whitehurst.
Cook returned to the line, hitting five of six free throws in a span of 1:45 to pull UMES back within six 57-51. But UMES could not close the gap in the second half. Despite a late Agbasi layup to pull the Lady Hawks within five with 25 seconds left, the Lady Vikings took the win 62-55.
Cook finished with a career high 11 free throws converted out of 12 attempts, getting 15 points with five rebounds and a pair of steals. Agbasi got five blocks, adding nine points and six rebounds. Sweeney and Finney each scored eight points.
Whitehurst led the Lady Vikings in scoring with 15 points, adding four steals. Harper nearly got a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Jackson also had 14 points off 7-10 shooting.
The Lady Hawks will restart MEAC play this weekend as they head down Route 13 to take on Norfolk State on Saturday, January 7th at 4:00 p.m.