CAREER DAYS FOR SWEENEY, CLAYBROOKS LEAD UMES TO 72-53 WIN OVER NCCU
Feb. 4, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - With help from Shawnee Sweeney and Ashleigh Claybrooks scoring 17 points each, UMES snapped its four-game losing streak with a 72-53 victory over North Carolina Central on Monday at the Hytche. UMES improves to 2-5 in MEAC play and 6-12 overall, while NCCU falls to 0-8 in conference competition and 0-21 this season.
NCCU scored the first two baskets in the opening four minutes, but the Lady Hawks countered with an 10-0 run, capped by a three by Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.) and a Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) layup, to go ahead by six.
UMES hiked up the pressure and played strong defense: at 10-6, Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) contributed a pair of layups in a 8-2 home team run to push the Lady Hawks up 17-8 with under eight minutes remaining in the first half.
Following a Chasidy Williams layup, Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) pulled off an impressive feat, hitting a three, then stealing an in-bounds pass and putting in a layup for a personal 5-0 run for a 22-10 UMES lead.
Though NCCU got help from the free throw line, the Lady Hawks held their opponent to just four made field goals in the first half, taking a 30-22 lead into the locker room.
The Lady Eagles got to within three early in the second half 32-29. UMES countered by attacking the paint with Claybrooks hitting the next four baskets, all layups, as part of a 9-1 run and a 41-30 UMES lead with 14:08 left. After an NCCU score, Claybrooks earned another layup the next possession.
Down 45-34, NCCU went on a 6-0 spurt in less than a minute-and-a-half to pull within five points.
Next possession, Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) earned a layup and one to stop the run, with a Roach layup pushing the UMES lead back to double digits at 50-40 with 10:18 remaining.
At 52-46 with 8:08 left, UMES went on a 16-3 run, including three baskets by Sweeney, to finish off the Lady Eagles. The Lady Hawks took the win 72-53, holding NCCU to just 28.6% from the field.
Sweeney added a career-high six steals with her personal-best 17 points, shooting 7-12 from the floor. Claybrooks was 7-9 from the field for 17 points, adding four boards. Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) was a strong defensive player, finishing with a career-high seven blocks, adding nine rebounds and two steals. Long and Finney earned 11 and 10 points respectively, with the former adding six assists and the latter getting five steals.
Finishing with a double double for NCCU was Williams, concluding with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Kaylah Blount almost had a double double with nine points and 14 rebounds.
UMES will hit the road next Saturday to the nation's capital, taking on Howard at 2 p.m.