HAWKS CLIPPED BY BISON IN DEFENSIVE SHOWDOWN
Feb. 20, 2012
WASHINGTON D.C. – Despite holding its opponent to a 32 percent shooting performance, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women’s basketball team dropped a 62-49 decision to Howard University at Burr Gymnasium on Monday night. The game featured two of the top defensive teams in the MEAC and it did not disappoint as plenty of solid defense was seen throughout.
Howard (21-7, 13-2 MEAC) came out of the gates on fire as the Lady Bison converted on their first three possessions to take an 8-2 lead after two minutes of play. The lead would grow to as high as seven several times but UMES (9-16-6-7 MEAC) would come storming back.
The Hawks rally was spearheaded by the fantastic shooting performance of senior guard Kwinnyata Mercer (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.), who tallied the Hawks’ next nine points to tie the game at 15 at the 12:31 mark. The game would go scoreless for the next two minutes before senior guard Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C) converted a three-point play to give the Hawks a three-point lead with 10 to go.
UMES upped its lead to five, 20-15, following a layup by senior forward Adobi Agbasi (Columbus, Ga.). The lead would remain the same for three minutes but four consecutive points by reigning MEAC Player of the Year, Saadia Doyle, gave HU a 23-21 lead at the 4:15 mark.
Doyle’s effort propelled a 13-5 Howard run to finish the half and give the Lady Bison a six-point lead, 32-26, at half.
The game was scoreless through the first three minutes of the second-half, before five points by Tamoria Holmes moved HU’s line to 11, 37-28. The advantage would hold steady for the next several minutes but a three-pointer by senior guard Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) brought UMES to within eight with 10 minutes left in the game.
HU and UMES played to an even beat over the next four minutes of play but Holmes’ fifth three-pointer of the day gave Howard a 13-point lead, 53-40, with six minutes remaining.
The Lady Bison held its advantage for the rest of the game as HU would stick UMES with its seventh MEAC loss of the season. The win for the Lady Bison gives them 21 so far this year, the most by an HU women’s basketball team in the past decade.
UMES was led by the performance of Mercer, who had a team-high 12 points and two steals. Cook chipped in with eight points and six rebounds, while sophomore forward Shanyce Stewart had four points, four rebounds and three assists. The women combined to shoot just 31 percent from the field in the game.
Howard was led by Doyle’s near double-double effort of 17 points and nine rebounds. Holmes had a game-high 22 points and three blocks. Doyle chipped in with a game-high four steals and Zykia Brown had 10 points.
The Hawks will return home for a contest on Homecoming Weekend against Morgan State University on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. The matchup will apart of the institution’s 125th anniversary celebration this weekend.
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