STRONG UMES FRONTCOURT PLAY LEADS TO COMEBACK WIN OVER MORGAN STATE
Ashleigh Claybrooks scored 14 points, including a key putback layup down the stretch.

Ashleigh Claybrooks scored 14 points, including a key putback layup down the stretch.

Feb. 16, 2013

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Down 11 at the 13:32 mark in the second half, the Lady Hawks played strong defense and powered their way through a 24-9 run for a 54-50 comeback victory over Morgan State on Homecoming. UMES goes to 3-7 in the MEAC and 7-14 overall, while Morgan State falls to 8-17 this season and 5-7 in conference play.

After a Tracey Carrington basket, Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.) stood strong in defense, swatting away a pair shots before the first in the first three minutes. Along with a Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) three, Kelly added a pair of free throws to give UMES an early 5-2 lead.

Morgan State started getting hot from three, hitting a trio of perimeter shots on an 11-2 run to go up 13-7 with 11:14 left in the first half. Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.) ended the run with a three of her own on the next possession.

Down by six with under eight in the period, Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) sparked action with a pair of steals, setting up Jameelah Pickard (Greensboro, N.C.) in transition and later taking one to the basket herself for a 4-0 run and getting UMES within two 18-16.

UMES and Morgan State went back and forth through the end of the half. MSU led by eight 28-20, but UMES earned a pair of baskets from Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) and Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) in the period's final 62 seconds to cut the deficit to four 28-24 going into the locker room.

Multiple players were in the thick of the action in the first half with 17 players, eight from UMES and nine from Morgan State, scoring points in the opening period.

Out of halftime, MSU went on a 5-0 run in less than 20 seconds to build a nine-point advantage. The Lady Bears built their lead to 11 by the 13:43 mark 41-30.

The UMES defense started holding MSU off the scoreboard for the next couple minutes. After a Finney three, Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) hit a pair of baskets in a row in the paint to complete a 7-0 run and get UMES within four 41-37 with 10:37 remaining. Claybrooks added another basket after a pair of MSU free throws for three consecutive field goals.

Down 45-41 with 8:39 to play, the defense kept up the strong play while the frontcourt kept grabbing rebounds. UMES got to within one possession at 47-45. With 2:10 left, Sweeney buried a corner three to give UMES its first lead of the second half. The Lady Hawks defended on a few more possessions as Udoji added a free throw to put UMES up 49-47 with :42 seconds to play.

Next possession, Bianca Jarrett missed a layup and Roach got fouled. Roach missed her free throw, but Claybrooks earned the rebound and the putback to push UMES up by four. Jarrett hit a three the other way, and Sweeney followed up with a free throw to push UMES up two 52-50.

With six seconds left, the UMES defense came through again as Long drew a charge from Jarrett to keep the lead for the team. Roach added two free throws to seal the game as UMES won 54-50.

UMES outrebounded the Lady Bears 46-35 in the game and outscored its opponent 24-16 in the paint.

Claybrooks went 7-8 from the field on Saturday, leading the team with 14 points and eight rebounds, each team-highs, off the bench for UMES. Roach scored nine points with five boards and three assists, while Kelly concluded with eight points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks.

For MSU, Chyress Lockhart ended with a squad-best 16 points and nine rebounds. Jarrett concluded the game with seven points, four steals and three rebounds before fouling out.

UMES continues its homestand on Monday, welcoming in Coppin State for a 5:30 p.m. at the Hytche Athletic Center.