LATE RUN PUSHES UMES PAST DELAWARE STATE, 52-44, IN MEAC OPENING ROUND
March 8, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Adobi Agbasi (Columbus, Ga.) scored 11 points - all in the second half - grabbed seven rebounds and added six blocks as the seventh-seeded University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team defeated No. 10 Delaware State, 52-44, in the opening round of the 2011 MEAC Tournament at Joel Coliseum Tuesday.
UMES (12-18) used a 10-2 run over the final 7:01 to advance the quarterfinals where it will meet No. 2 Morgan State Wednesday at 10 a.m. The loss for Delaware State ends the Hornets' season at 9-20.
Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) scored 10 points, pulled down six rebounds and dished out four assists for the Lady Hawks while LaKendra Wilkerson (Greensboro, N.C.) had nine points and 10 rebounds.
"It was a hard, tough game as we always get with Delaware State," said UMES head coach Fred Batchelor. "I'm happy that we were able to overcome them.
"Depth allowed us to come up big in the end," he continued. "We were determined to go get it and the kids worked hard." With the game tied, 42-42, Agbasi and Caitlyn Dillard (Lancaster, Pa.) hit two free throws in less than a minute to give UMES a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Wilkerson converted a layup with 2:40 remaining to extend the lead to 46-42.
Dillard then stripped DSU's Deanna Harmon with 2:14 left and layed it in. UMES hit 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch for the win.
UMES started slow as Delaware State jumped out to a 11-5 edge with 13:27 to play in the half, but the Lady Hawks responded with a 12-3 stretch to claim a three-point advantage with a Wilkerson layup with 6:53 left.
Ashley Thompson sent the game into the break tied at 22-22 on a jumper for the Lady Hornets.
Thompson and Sanders tied for the halftime scoring lead with six points apiece. The second half featured six ties and six lead changes until UMES took the lead for good with the decisive run.
Brittany Washington scored a game-high 12 points and had 16 rebounds - 11 on the offensive glass - to lead Delaware State. Thompson finished with 10 points.
UMES shot 18-for-52 from the field (34.6) and Delaware State was 15-of-57 (26.3 percent).
UMES dominated the glass, 44-35, and in points in the paint, 32-20.
It was the second consecutive season UMES and Delaware State met in the opening round of the tournament. UMES prevailed, 52-45 in that contest.
Sanders reached double figures for the eighth straight game in the win.