HAWKS STRUGGLE FROM FIELD IN LOSS AT HAMPTON
Feb. 18, 2012
HAMPTON, Va. – Sophomore forward Shanyce Stewart (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) brought down a career-high 15 rebounds and senior guard Kwinnyata Mercer (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) had 10 points, but it was not enough as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women’s basketball team fell to Hampton University, 47-29, on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks shot just 16-percent from the field, where they managed to score only 13 second-half points.
Despite the loss, senior forward Adobi Agbasi (Columbus, Ga.) tallied two blocks to come within 19 blocks of the program’s all-time record. The 15-rebound performance by Stewart brings her total to 36 across the past three games. The sophomore is now averaging just over 12 rebounds per game during that span.
UMES (9-15, 6-6 MEAC) fell behind from the start as the two-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions went on an 11-2 run across the first five minutes of play. Hampton (18-4, 10-1 MEAC) extended its lead to double-digits several times over the next nine minutes but UMES would come back strong.
Senior forward Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y) made two free-throws and Mercer drilled five consecutive points to bring the Hawks’ deficit to within three, 19-16, with 2:43 left in the half. The Pirates scored a layup with just over 30 seconds left in the frame to march into halftime with a five-point lead, 21-16.
The beginning of the second-half was one to forget for the Hawks as the women did not score a basket across the first eight minutes of play. The drought saw the Pirates push their lead to 18 points, 34-16, with 11:16 left in regulation.
Senior guard Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) scored the next six points of the game for UMES, but Hampton went on an 8-4 run the rest of the way to cement its 19th win of the year. With the victory, Hampton remains in first-place in the MEAC.
UMES was led by the performance of Mercer and Stewart, but also saw a solid effort from Cook (eight points, two steals). The team allowed just one Pirate to record double-digit points and limited the opposition to an 8-for-31 first-half shooting performance.
Hampton featured a balanced effort in the win. Keiara Avant had a game-high 17 rebounds, while Melanie Warner had a game-high 13 points and Jericka Jenkins had five assists. Warner also chipped in with three steals.
UMES looks to get back to its winning ways when the Hawks travel to Howard University of Monday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. The contest will be the final regular-season road game for UMES this season.
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