NORTH CAROLINA A&T DEFENSE TOO MUCH FOR LADY HAWKS
Jan. 17, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - At home in the Corbett Sports Center, North Carolina A&T (NCAT) grabbed 17 steals to help them top the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) 82-46 Saturday afternoon in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) action.
The UMES bench stepped up in a big way as the starters struggled from the floor throughout the matchup.
Adobi Agbasi (Columbus, Ga.) came in and led the Lady Hawks in points, setting a career-high, with nine and added five rebounds and a game-high four blocks. The 6-0 freshman also spent a career-high 30 minutes on the floor for UMES while fellow freshman Kanzes Battin (Wilmington, Del.) led the team with seven rebounds and finished with six points.
Down by 12 with 15:47 on the clock in the first half, the Lady Hawks began to claw back into the game. Five quick UMES points were answered by a Lady Aggie layup. Josephine McLane (Centerville, Va.) hit her second three of the day with 14:28 left in the half followed by a steal and layup by April McBride (New Rochelle, N.Y.) to pull UMES within four points.
Agbasi hit a jumper at 11:46 to put the Lady Hawks down by just one point. Amber Bland responded for NCAT with a three and UMES would not cut the lead down to less than four points for the remainder of the game.
Bland finished with a game-high 23 points and added six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Brittan Taylor-James was the only other player in double digits with 17 adding seven rebounds. Taylor-James needed 23 points to score her 1,000th, but the Lady Hawks held her just two points in the second half
UMES will hit stop number two of their three game road trip January 19 as they face off against Norfolk State University. The Lady Hawks are 4-4 under Head Coach Fred Batchelor against the MEAC rival. UMES leads the series 3-1 when in Norfolk. The 5:30 p.m. tipoff starts the double-header with the men's basketball team to follow. Listen to all the action live via the internet at umeshawks.com.