MANHATTAN SENDS UMES TO THIRD STRAIGHT LOSS, 61-49
Amber Cook had nine points against Manhattan on Monday.
Amber Cook had nine points against Manhattan on Monday.

Dec. 6, 2010

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Abby Wentworth and Monica Roeder scored 18 points apiece for Manhattan as the Lady Jaspers defeated the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team, 61-49, at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center in front of 1,237 Monday.

Wentworth was 5-of-11 from the field with five rebounds and four assists and Roeder went 7-of-19 with five boards to help Manhattan (5-2) win their fourth straight. Junior Kwinnyata Mercer (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) paced UMES (1-3), which dropped its third consecutive game, with 10 points.

Down, 36-25, at the half, UMES rallied to within a 45-44 score on a LaKendra Wilkerson (Greensboro, N.C.) offensive rebound and layup with 7:46 to play, but the Lady Jaspers, who shot 14-for-17 from the free-throw line for the game, were 7-of-8 from the stripe down the stretch to put the game out of reach.

Toni-Ann Lawrence also landed in double figures with 11 off the bench, adding six rebounds.

After UMES closed to one, Manhattan ended the game with a 16-5 run to improve to 3-0 against the Lady Hawks all-time.

Manhattan used 46 percent shooting in the first half to jump out to the lead at the break. Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) started the UMES comeback with a layup from Mercer with 12:20 remaining. Mercer made it a six-point game, 45-39, at 11:35 and she then drained a three at the 8:30 mark to pull within 45-42 prior to the Wilkerson basket.

Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.) opened the game with a fastbreak layup for the lead. The Lady Hawks pushed the lead to 5-2 on a Bria Jackson (Rochester, N.Y.) 3-pointer. Roeder then tallied four straight points to hand the Lady Jaspers control Cook hit a layup at 14:43 to give UMES its last lead of the game.

From there, Manhattan sparked a 13-4 run to go up by eight at 19-11, capped by a Lawrence layup with less than 12 minutes left in the half. Another Lawrence layup extended the Manhattan advantage to 26-15 at 8:31. Alyssa canned a three to close the half.

UMES cut the deficit to 41-33 with a Latoya Buckner (Washington, D.C.) jumper with less than 15 minutes left before a pair of Wentworth free throws restored the double-digit advantage prior to the UMES spurt to close the gap.

Cook finished with nine points, three steals and two rebounds while Jackson and Morton scored eight and seven points, respectively.

Manhattan turned 17 UMES turnovers into 21 points and also held the advantage in fastbreak points (11-2) and points in the paint (28-20). UMES won the battle of the boards, 38-31.

For the night, Manhattan shot 39.3 percent (22-for-56), holding UMES to 36 percent (28-for-50).

UMES is back in action Wednesday against Long Island at the Hytche Center at 6 p.m.