UMES DEFENSE SMOTHERS TOWSON, LADY HAWKS WIN 60-48
Dec. 8, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - With a tremendous defensive effort, UMES held Towson to just 12 field goals as the Lady Hawks won 60-48 for the first win over the Tigers in school history. UMES snaps a three-game losing streak to improve to 2-4, while the Tigers fall to 4-3.
This was UMES's best defensive performance of the season, holding Towson to just 25% from the field. The Lady Hawks also contributed 14 steals and eight blocks.
Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) started with a block and score in the opening minute, blocking another shot on Towson's next possession. While Udoji had strong defense, Shawnee Sweeney(Colonial Heights, Va.) hit a pair of threes to give UMES a game-opening 8-0 lead.
UMES held Towson to just one field goal in the first 5:59 of the game, but Towson got within four 10-6 at the 13:30 mark.
With 9:24 left in the half, the Lady Hawks went on a 5-0 run in under seven seconds to lead 19-10. After a Tanisha McTiller hit a layup, Sweeney hit a third three-pointer, followed by a pair of Shanyce Stewart(Mount Vernon, N.Y.) free throws to build a 24-12.
The defense continued its strong play through the end of the half, as Ashleigh Claybrooks(Manassas, Va.) earned a personal 5-0 run as UMES led 31-18 at the break.
The Tigers came out running in the second half, as McTiller scored five in a row in the period's opening 2:10 to pull Towson within eight. After an exchange of baskets, UMES countered with a 7-0 run, sandwiched by two Jessica Long(Fort Washington, Md.) layups, to build its largest lead of the game at 15. UMES led 40-25 with 15:41 to go.
From there, Towson constantly got to the free throw line, as UMES did not allow a basket in over six minutes until the 11:14 mark, when a McTiller layup made it 44-34 UMES. Sha-Kiyla Finney(Portsmouth, Va.) hit a deep three to build the UMES advantage back to 13 in the next possession.
UMES and Towson kept trading points, as the Lady Hawks and Tigers kept getting free throw chances, but again UMES held the Tigers without a field goal from the 11:14 mark until the 4:05 mark, when a Markell Smith layup brought the Tigers within six 54-48.
But that was the last basket Towson made in the game, as the UMES defense held Towson off the scoreboard in the final minutes. A deep three by Karona Roach(Bear, Del.) with under two minutes to play sealed the game as UMES took the win 60-48.
Sweeney finished with 15 points in the game, a career-high, including 13 in the first half. Udoji had a strong day with six points, six blocks, six boards and a pair of steals. Stewart concluded with eight points, all coming from a 8-9 day at the free throw line, nine rebounds and three steals.
For Towson, McTiller led the team with 25 points and four steals. Michelle Peebles had nine points, eight rebounds and four steals.
UMES will fly to Florida next weekend to compete in the Lady Osprey Holiday Classic, taking on Campbell at 1 p.m. on Friday in Jacksonville.