Senior Kristi Veltkamp had seven points on senior day.
Senior Kristi Veltkamp had seven points on senior day.

March 1, 2008

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Women's Basketball Team was hoping to top Coppin State University (CSU) for the second time this season. It wasn't to be, as the rematch saw UMES fall to the Lady Eagles 75-49 on the Hawk's senior day. UMES said good-bye to seniors Brittany Adkins and Kristi Veltkamp.

CSU (18-11, 12-3 MEAC) came out on fire shooting an amazing 54.7 percent in the game, 56 percent in the second half, and controlled the boards, 46-26. The conference's second place team had no trouble with the conference's third place team as UMES fell to 17-11 and 10-5 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play.

Casey Morton and Tiffany Reid both had nine points for UMES as no player had double figures. April McBride posted eight points and the senior Veltkamp had seven. Fellow senior, Adkins had four points. McBride led UMES on the boards with seven.

Senior Brittany Adkins had four points in her final home game.

On the other bench it was a different story. Four Lady Eagles were in double figures with Whitney Cunningham posting 19 points and 10 rebounds for a double double. Cunningham camped out in the lane all day and UMES had no answer for her. High percentage shots were the case for CSU as Shalamar Oakley and Rahida Suber both had 17 while Danielle Anders had 13.

The game saw just one tie and no lead changes as Coppin State jumped out to a 2-0 lead and UMES tied it on an Adkins jumper. From there the Lady Eagles began building their lead, up as many as 15 in the first half and taking a 13 point margin into the locker room, 35-22.

Suber had 13 points at the half.

In the second period CSU outscored UMES by 13 again. The extended their lead to 20 inside of the first four minutes and were up 27 with 2:34 to play. It would end a difference of 26, 75-49.

The Hawks had the lead down to 12 with 10:13 to play but Coppin reinserted Oakley into the line-up and pushed the lead back up.

It was a much different game than the one at Coppin State when UMES won 69-62 back on February 4, 2008. In that game Morton and McBride had 18 each.

"Coppin State showed up to win the game, we showed up because it was on the schedule," UMES coach Fred Batchelor said. "We could throw some excuses out as far as where our kids are, but I think this is indicative of a young team, playing against a veteran, championship program. They showed us today why they were champs on our home floor and embarrassed us because we did not come ready to play individually and collectively."

UMES wraps up the regular season on Wednesday at Delaware State in a game important for seeding in the MEAC Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.