LADY HAWKS DEFEATED IN ROAD GAME TO FLORIDA A&M 67-54
Jan. 26, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Despite shooting 50% in the second half, the Lady Hawks fell to Florida A&M 67-54 at the Al Lawson Center on Saturday. UMES falls to 5-10 overall and 1-3 in the MEAC, while Florida A&M goes to 8-11 and 5-1 in conference competition.
Defense dominated early as a Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) layup was the only score in the opening three-and-a-half minutes.
Starting at the 16:23 mark, Florida A&M went on a 15-2 run over the next six minutes, including three baskets by Jasmine Grice and six Patrice Collie free throws, for a 15-4 lead.
UMES countered went a 7-2 run, sandwiched by two Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.) jumpers to pull within six 17-11. The Lady Hawks tried to keep pace in the rest of the half, but a period-ending 11-4 run by FAMU gave the home team a 32-17 advantage at the break.
Out of halftime, Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) started hitting baskets with two straight in the second half's opening minutes. After FAMU got the lead back to 15, a Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) three and another Claybrooks layup pulled UMES within 10 at 36-26 with 16:29 left.
That is as close as UMES got: at 40-28 FAMU at the 14:07 mark, the Lady Rattlers scored the next five points over the proceeding 3:30 for a 45-28 lead. Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) hit her first three-point basket with UMES to stop the run on the next possession.
With FAMU leading 49-31, Claybrooks earned another pair of baskets to get the Lady Hawks within 14.
But the Lady Rattlers later got a 7-0 run to get a 60-39 advantage with 5:02 to play, later leading 63-42.
UMES got a trio of three-pointers by Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.) to make it 65-51 FAMU with 1:26 left. After a Grice jumper, a Kiana Sturgis (Pocomoke City, Md.) three with 51 seconds left made the eventual final score 67-54 in favor of Florida A&M.
Claybrooks led the Lady Hawks in shooting with 12 points, a new career-high, going 5-7 on field goals and rebounding with six boards. Sweeney and Finney concluded with nine points each, while Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) got a career-high six blocks.
For FAMU, Grice earned a double double with 24 points and 10 rebounds, adding three steals. Jamie Forman concluded with eight points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
UMES will stay in Florida to take on Bethune-Cookman on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Daytona Beach.