LADY HAWKS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT, UMES DEFEATED BY COPPIN STATE 69-60
March 4, 2013
BALTIMORE - UMES made a good comeback attempt after the final media timeout but fell short in a 69-60 defeat to Coppin State on Monday. The Lady Hawks fall to 7-19 overall and 3-12 in the conference while Coppin State goes to 13-15 this season and 9-6 in the MEAC.
Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) was a strong defensive and offensive player to start, scoring four points early and blocking three shots as the score was tied 4-4.
After the first media timeout, the Lady Hawks started causing turnovers and hitting shots, going on a 9-0 run, led by five points from Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.), to take a 13-4 lead.
With UMES up 18-7, the Eagles responded with their own 9-0 run and later got to within one 21-20 off 10 points from Shawntae Payne.
The Lady Hawks stayed ahead though off a pair of Finney throws and a wing three from Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) pushed UMES up 26-20.
The Eagles pushed back with five straight points. Each side exchanged a bucket as UMES kept the lead going into the locker room with a 28-27 advantage at the break.
Out of the locker room, Coppin State kept getting to the free throw line and began on an 11-0 run through the first five minutes of the period to go up 35-28.
After a Finney three, each side engaged in a free throw battle with neither side able to hit many baskets. After Finney hit a layup to pull UMES within six, Coppin State got two layups in a row to go up 10 with 12 minutes to play.
UMES got three points back in the next minute but Coppin State continued to build its lead off the free throw line. The Eagles led 65-49 at the final media timeout.
In the final couple of minutes the UMES defense played strong as the Lady Hawks tried to come back. Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) hit a couple of free throws to start the run. After a stop, Udoji hit a jumper, and after another defensive stop, Roach hit a jumper to pull UMES within nine 65-56 with 2:29 left.
Later with 1:04 remaining, Udoji hit a layup to get the Lady Hawks back within seven 65-58 for a 9-0 run. But UMES could not get closer as Coppin State held on for the win 69-60.
Finney finished with a career-high in points in a MEAC game, scoring 16 points, adding five rebounds and four assists. Udoji shot 5-8 from the field for 12 rebounds, also contributing six boards and four blocks. Off the bench, Claybrooks was 3-for-3 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line to total 12 points.
For Coppin State, Kyra Coleman went 10-of-13 from the free throw line to finish with 16 points and three steals. Payne concluded with 14 points, while Larrisa Carter had 13 points and five rebounds.
UMES will play its final regular season game on Thursday in Georgia, taking on Savannah State at 5:30 p.m.