SECOND HALF WOES DOOM LADY HAWKS
Jan. 19, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Despite a strong rebounding performance, UMES had trouble scoring in the second half and fell to Delaware State 72-63 at the Hytche Athletic Center. UMES falls to 5-9 overall and 1-2 in the MEAC, while Delaware State goes to 5-11 and 2-1 in-conference.
The Lady Hawks outrebounded DSU 45-28 in the game, the best rebounding margin for UMES this season.
UMES fired from three early against Delaware State, with Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) and Sha-Kiyla Finney(Portsmouth, Va.) hitting two and one triple respectively early to push UMES ahead 9-6 by the first media timeout.
Delaware State pushed back off the shooting of Tasia Bristow to take a 15-14 lead with 12:37 left in the half.
Sparked by a Taylor Thompson(Chapel Hill, N.C.) basket in the paint, UMES went on a 9-0 run in the next three minutes, with four different Lady Hawks contributing, to go ahead 23-15.
DSU got back to within a possession after a 7-2 run to make it 25-22. Both sides went back and forth with the Lady Hawks keeping a lead; UMES scored five of the next six points, followed by five in a row by DSU. UMES kept the lead 35-32 going into the locker room, outrebounding the Lady Hornets 26-9 in the first period. Alexis Udoji(Randolph, Mass.) earned nine boards in the first half for the Lady Hawks.
The Lady Hawks came out strongly in the second half, quickly getting an Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) putback layup and a Jessica Long(Fort Washington, Md.) fastbreak layup for four straight points and a 39-32 advantage.
The teams continued to tug back and forth as UMES kept an advantage with an Udoji layup and a pair Finney free throws to put the score at 45-40 at the 13:30 mark.
But DSU started hitting threes, including a pair from Bristow, taking a 51-50 lead with 9:41 to play. The Lady Hornets added to that, putting together an 11-0 run in all for a 59-50 lead with 5:44 left, holding UMES without points for over four minutes.
UMES had trouble hitting shots in the final 10 minutes in the second half as Delaware State took the win 72-63.
Udoji earned her first double double of her UMES career, leading the team with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Karona Roach(Bear, Del.) and Long each finished with 10 points, with the latter earning six assists.
For DSU, Bristow concluded with 22 points off 8-13 shooting, adding six assists. Tierra Hawkins scored 12 points with six rebounds, while Jade Washington had 11 points and four assists.
The Lady Hawks will head to the Sunshine State next weekend, taking on Florida A&M at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 26th.