LADY HAWKS VICTIM OF COPPIN STATE COMEBACK 55-50
Alexis Udoji nearly earned a double double with nine points and nine boards.

Alexis Udoji nearly earned a double double with nine points and nine boards.

Feb. 18, 2013

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES led by seven after coming back from down 11, but the Eagles pushed late as the Lady Hawks fell 55-50 to Coppin State on Monday night. The Lady Hawks fall to 7-15 and 3-8 in the MEAC, while Coppin State goes to 11-15 overall and 7-6 in league play.

This loss snaps UMES three-game winning streak against opponents from the state of Maryland.

Coppin State attacked early with pressure, beginning the game on a 6-0 run, starting with four points from Larrisa Carter. After Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) hit a nice fadeaway to get UMES on the board, the Eagles added six more to make it 12-2.

The Lady Hawks responded by going into the paint. A couple of layups by Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) and Taylor Thompson (Chapel Hill, N.C.) sparked a 6-0 UMES run to pull the home team within six.

At 11:15 left in the first half, Coppin State built its lead to 21-11. Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) got hot, hitting a three-pointer and getting a friendly roll on a 15-footer, pulling UMES within five. Later with UMES down 26-18, Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) attacked the glass with a pair of baskets in a row, making it 26-22 CSU with 5:40 left in the half.

Both sides exchanged baskets and free throws through the rest of the half, but CSU kept the lead 32-28 at the break.

The Lady Hawks surged out of the locker room with Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) earning a personal 5-0 run in the first 33 seconds to give UMES its first lead of the game. UMES built the advantage with a couple of free throws to lead 39-34 with 16:12 to play.

Scoring stalled for UMES as the team did not score for the next five minutes as CSU went on a 7-0 run to take the lead. A Claybrooks layup ended the drought and tied the game with just under 11 minutes left to go.

The UMES defense kept stopping the Eagles, holding them without a field goal for over five minutes. Trips to the free throw line put together a lead, then a Taylor three gave UMES a seven-point advantage 48-41, the largest lead of the game for UMES with 6:14 to play.

Coppin State countered with six points in a row, capped by a pair of Leola Spotwood baskets, to pull to within one with 4:28 left. Next possession, Roach hit two free throws to get UMES back up by three 50-47. But against Spotwood struck, going on a personal 5-0 run to give the Eagles a 52-50 lead with 2:30 left.

Both sides had possessions, but UMES could not get closer, turning the ball over with 26 seconds left. Carter hit a layup to put the Eagles up by two possessions, and UMES did not score again. Coppin State took the win 55-50.

For the second time this season, Udoji led the Lady Hawks in points with nine, adding nine boards and four blocks. Roach concluded Monday with eight rebounds and six points, while Claybrooks had eight points and five boards.

Spotwood finished with a game-high 18 points and four steals for the Eagles, including 10 points in the second half. Carter had 12 points and three steals.

UMES will play a Wednesday MEAC game on February 20th, taking on reigning conference champion Hampton at 5:30 p.m.