BALANCED ATTACK LEADS UMES OVER SOUTH CAROLINA STATE, 82-69
Jan. 9, 2010
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Four starters scored double figures and senior April McBride (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and freshman Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) recorded a game-high 19 points apiece as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team defeated South Carolina State, 82-69, at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center Saturday.
Both Chena Parker (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.) finished with 14 points to help the Lady Hawks (3-7, 2-0 MEAC stop a three-game losing streak. With the win, UMES stayed unbeaten in conference play through two games for the second consecutive season. The loss for the Lady Bulldogs (5-8, 0-1) is their fifth in the last six games.
Sanders was one rebound shy of her first collegiate double-double, pulling down a game-high nine on the day and McBride secured seven. Morton tallied a game-best six assists.
UMES shot 50.9 (29-of-57) percent from the floor while SCSU was an even 50 (26-for-52). The 82 points marked the most for the Lady Hawks this season.
The Lady Hawks led for the majority of the first half and pulled away let in the game to post the victory.
Parker gave the hosts an 11-6 lead with 15:30 to play on a layup and Morton later extended the advantage to seven, 20-13, on a fast-break bucket midway through the half. From there, the Lady Bulldogs engineered a 14-5 run over the next five minutes to grab a 27-25 advantage on a Whitney Wiley jumper with 5:50 left before the break. Shontavious Wylie and Wiley each had four points in the stretch.
McBride knotted the game on the next possession with a jumper of her own and Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) hit a 3-pointer with 4:04 remaining to put UMES up, 32-29. The Lady Hawks held that lead until the closing seconds of the half when Sophilia Hipps hit a layup to give SCSU a 39-38 halftime bulge. Hipps finished with 17 points for the visitors, one off of Wiley's team high.
Wiley drained a three a minute into the second half SCSU its biggest lead of the game, 44-40, but UMES quickly erased it with an 15-4 spurt over the next four minutes to take a seven-point advantage at 55-48 when Morton converted one of two free throws to close the run.
UMES never looked back opening leads of 10 (64-56) at the 10:03 mark on a Parker layup and 15 (80-65) on a McBride hoop in the paint with 2:26 left.
The Lady Hawks shot a season high from 3-point range, going 5-of-13 from downtown for 38.5 percent. Sanders led the way with a 2-for-6 from beyond the arc. She was also 9-of-10 from the foul line to help UMES shoot a solid 73.1 percent (19-for-26) there.
UMES outrebounded SCSU, 37-24, for the game, leading to a 23-8 margin in second-chance points.
UMES looks for its first winning streak of the season when it host Winston Salem State Monday (Jan. 11) at 5:30 p.m.