LADY HAWKS LOSE CLOSE DEFENSIVE BATTLE TO CANISIUS
Nov. 21, 2011
The Lady Hawks continue to fight through growing pains as they fell to Canisius in a two point defensive battle 45-43 at the W.P. Hytche Center. UMES began the game with a 7-2 run blitzing the Griffs with their up-tempo intense defense. The Lady Hawks last lead of the half would come at the 10:02 mark at 14-13. Canisius went on a 12-0 run to gain the lead behind the low post play of sophomore forward Jamie Ruttle. Ruttle, who tallied 16 points and eight rebounds for the game, scored 12 of her points in the first half. The Griffs would build a sizeable lead, but the Lady Hawks used 8-8 free throw shooting to battle back and finish the half trailing 23-38.
The second half began and was a powerful defensive battle. UMES charted a team season high four blocks and six steals. With a basket hard to come by, Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) gave her team a boost offensively finishing with a season high 15 points and 8 rebounds. Junior Kwinnyata Mercer (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) added nine points shooting 3-6 from behind the arc. Canisius would make their presence felt in the frontcourt scoring 30 points in the paint and forcing 19 turnovers. The Lady Hawks would continue to use free throw shooting and rebounding to cut down the Griffs second half lead. UMES shot 11-14(78.6%) from the free-throw line in the second half and 19-22(86.4%) for the game. They would go on to out-rebound the Griffs 43-41 with the help of Sanders' eight rebounds and senior Amber Cook's six rebounds. Cook's rebounds would also place her over 300 rebounds for her career here at UMES.
Following a missed Canisius free throw, UMES would find themselves with the ball only trailing by two points with 16.7 seconds left and no timeouts. Sanders inbounded the ball to senior guard Caitlyn Dillard who quickly brought the ball up the court and found Mercer off a ball screen. Mercer launched a three pointer from the top of the key just missing off the fight side of the rim only to be rebounded by Sanders whose put back would rim out as time expired. Canisius would escape with a 45-43 win, their first victory of the season.
Look for the UMES women's basketball team to continue their battle on Wednesday November 30 as they travel to Washington, D.C. to play the American Eagles.