LADY HAWKS LET WILDCATS CLAW BACK TO TAKE 70-61 WIN
Feb. 2, 2004
Princess Anne, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) (5-12, 2-8 MEAC) had a nine point lead at the half and an even bigger one early in the second frame but couldn't stop the furious come back by the Lady Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman College (BCC) (9-8, 6-3 MEAC) and fell at home, dropping to 2-8 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The Lady Hawks fell behind early on an opening three-pointer by Katie Clark but held on to take the lead by three at the 3:58 mark on a three-pointer by Thompson. Before then neither team got ahead by more than five before letting it slip away. Jamila Griffith made one of two from the line to make the lead four at the 2:50 mark and was followed up by a Hatcher jumper off of a steal by Griffith. Latonya Reed cut the lead back to four when she made a lay-up but Thompson had an answer knocking down a jumper at the 1:31 mark to push it back to six. Katie Clark of BCC and Bennett of UMES exchanged jumpers but Bennett had the final say draining a three at the end of the half to give the Lady Hawks a 36-27 edge at the break.
The Lady Wildcats quickly cut into the UMES lead to open the second half narrowing it to one six minutes in on a Tamera Williams jumper. Tiffany Winkfield responded with her own jumper and a free throw to push it back to four at the 13:36 mark. UMES took that lead and extended it taking their largest lead of the game, 11, at the 10:52 point on a pair of Bailey free throws. Sarah Johnson of BCC quickly cut it back to nine but a Tekeya Gooden runner pushed it back to double figures, 51-40 at the 10:32 mark. The lead hovered between nine and 11 points until the 6:48 mark when a Clark lay-in cut it to seven. A Williams' jumper 49 seconds later made it a five point UMES advantage and a Johnson jumper at the 4:40 mark cut the lead to three. Clark made a pair of free throws to make it a one-point game, 55-54 with 3:34 to play. Hatcher stopped the UMES scoring drought by making both of her free throws at the 3:19 point, it was now a 57-54 UMES lead. A Clark three-ball tied the game at 57 with just 3:04 to play. Johnson sank two free throws and BCC had their first lead since 7:03 to play in the first half. It was 59-57 with 2:44 to play. From there UMES could not come back. A one for two trip at the charity stripe by Clark made the lead the three and UMES could get no closer and fell 70-61.
The Lady Wildcats out rebounded the Hawks 51-37 and controlled the paint 12-10. They won second chance points 26-10 and forced 21 UMES turnovers resulting in a 32-15 advantage in points off of turnovers.
Clark who netted 23 points, Williams with 15, Johnson with 14, and Reed with ten, paced Bethune-Cookman. Lauren Forsthoff controlled the boards with a game high, 13 rebounds, six coming on the offensive end.
The Lady Hawks try to regroup on Wednesday when they host a non-conference match-up against American University at 7:00 pm in the Hytche Center.