SAVANNAH STATE PAIR COMBINE FOR 46 IN 62-52 DEFEAT OF UMES
Jan. 19, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Ezinne Kalu and Darice Fountaine combined for 46 points and Savannah State erased a four-point halftime deficit as the Lady Tigers defeated the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team, 62-52, at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center Wednesday.
Kalu finished with 27 points on 8-for-16 shooting and Fountaine had 19 on 8-of-14 from the floor for SSU (10-8), which completed a season sweep of UMES (5-12) with the win. The loss ended UMES' two-game winning streak.
Savannah State outscored UMES, 38-24, in the second half for the win, finishing the game 22-for-45 (48.9 percent) from the field.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 20-8 start in the opening 12 minutes before the Lady Hawks rallied to take the lead with a 14-2 run, 25-22. Chena Parker (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) started the stretch with five points on three free throws and a layup to make it 22-13 with 5:56 to play.
Mercer recorded four of six points to get within three at 22-19 and Morton then had the next four with a jumper and offensive rebound and putback for UMES' first lead since 7-6 with 3:38 to go before the half. Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) added a pair from the line to extend the advantage to 25-22 on the next possession.
UMES was ahead, 28-24, at the break despite Savannah State shooting 10-for-20 in the period.
Down, 35-30, with 13:21 remaining, Mercer scored four straight with a free throw and 3-pointer from the corner to pull to 35-34 prior to Caitlyn Dillard's (Lancaster, Pa.) 1-of-2 from the line tied the game.
Latoya Buckner (Washington, D.C.) and LaKendra Wilkerson (Greensboro, N.C.) converted on back-to-back layups to give UMES a four-point advantage, 39-35, with 11:02 left. Savannah State quickly got back within two and Kalu promptly drained a trey for a 40-39 lead.
Buckner hit another jumper at the 9:40 mark for what was the Lady Hawks' final lead of the night as Fila Smith canned a 3-pointer to make it 43-41 with 8:12 left.
Savannah State was up, 52-44, with 2:38 to play when Morton converted a layup and drew a foul for a three-point play to close the gap to five. Sanders added a bucket of her own to shave the deficit to 52-49 with 1:28 left but Kalu hit all eight of her free throws down the stretch to ensure the win.
SSU had more rebounds (37-32) than UMES but turned the ball over more (24-16) in the game.
UMES is back in action Saturday at the Hytche Center hosting Coppin State at 2 p.m.