N.C. CENTRAL SENDS UMES TO THIRD CONSECUTIVE LOSS, 69-60
Jan. 7, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. - Senior April McBride (New Rochelle, N.Y.) led three University of Maryland Eastern Shore players in double figures with her second double-double of the season with 17 points and 16 rebounds but it wasn't enough as North Carolina Central topped the Lady Hawks, 69-60, at McDougald-McLendon Gym Thursday.
McBride's stellar game was upstaged NCCU guard Joanna Miller's 32-point, six-steal effort to help the Lady Eagles (4-11) post their first win in the short four-game all-time series between the two schools. Miller shot 10-for-22 from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point land and added four rebounds and three assists. Chena Parker (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) chipped in with 13 points and five boards for UMES (2-7) in just her second game of the season after sitting out the first semester.
Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.) tallied 10 points, three steals and two assists for the Lady Hawks, who dropped their third straight.
UMES trailed by five at the break but rallied to take a brief 40-39 advantage on a McBride jumper less than three minutes into to the second half. But that was the last lead the visitors had as Miller knocked down a three on the next possession to seize control for good. NCCU held UMES to 20 points the rest of the night.
NCCU took its first double-digit lead of the game at the 13:34 mark when Blaire Houston picked the pocket of Morton and laid it in for a 51-41 lead.
McBride then converted a layup which punctuated a 12-3 run to pull UMES back with one at 54-53 with 7:40 to play but the Lady Hawks could get no closer than three the rest of the night.
Shanise Blanks was the only other Lady Eagle to score in double figures with 19 on 7-for-10 from the floor. She was 3-of-4 from 3-point territory to help NCCU shoot 47.4 percent from there for the game.
The Lady Hawks opened the game with a 9-0 spurt over the 3:32. Morton led the way in the stretch with four points. NCCU quickly fought back, though, knotting things at 13 on a 3-pointer from Blanks with 13:06 left in the half. The Lady Eagles took their first lead on another Blanks bucket at the 12:06 mark and their lead grew to 30-23 with five minutes left on a Blanks basket before UMES closed the gap to 36-31 at intermission.
Blanks (15 points) and Miller combined for 29 NCCU points in the first stanza and were 10-for-17 from the floor. McBride for was one of three UMES players to tally six points in the first 20 minutes she also had 10 rebounds in the half, including eight on the defensive glass.
The Lady Eagles were on fire from beyond the arc in the first half, shooting 6-for-13 (46.2 percent). Both teams shot an identical 41.1 percent from the field for the contest.
UMES won the battle of the boards, 39-30, but have seven more turnovers than NCCU,
UMES resumes MEAC play Saturday (Jan. 9) at home against South Carolina State at 2 p.m.