ADOBI AGBASI RECORDS 150TH CAREER BLOCK IN UMES LOSS TO USF
Dec. 17, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. - With six blocks on Saturday, Adobi Agbasi (Columbus, Ga.) earned career block #150 as the Lady Hawks fell to Big East opponent University of South Florida 71-50 at the USF Recreation Center. UMES falls to 2-7 on the season while the Bulls go to 7-5.
Each side started fast, scoring at least five baskets before the first media timeout. Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) contributed two layups and an assist, while Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) also hit two shots during this period as USF led 12-10 at the 15:52 mark.
UMES's defense held strong as it held USF without a field goal for over four minutes, but the Lady Hawks were also held without a basket in that time. After a made free throw by Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.), the Bulls went on a 9-0 run, with seven points from Jasmine Wynne, for a 22-11 USF lead with 10:32 left in the first half.
A Kwinnyata Mercer (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) three plus a Sanders free throw put UMES back within seven at the 8:22 mark with the score 22-15.
USF kept attacking with fast breaks, leading to seven straight points by Shalethia Stringfield in less than a minute en route to an 8-0 run by USF, leading 30-15 with 7:11 left in the half.
The UMES defense stood strong again, holding the Bulls to only one basket in the next five minutes. Baskets by Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) cut the Lady Hawks deficit to nine 32-23 with less than three minutes in the half.
The Bulls led 39-23 at the half including a couple of late baskets by Kaneisha Saunders.
After each side traded a basket at the start of the second half, scoring stalled as neither side got a field goal in the next four minutes. A 6-0 run by USF put the Bulls up 47-25 at the 14:24 mark.
Cook went to work in the next few possessions, forcing USF to foul her under the basket twice. She hit three of four free throws to bring UMES within 19.
UMES tried to keep pace with the fast Bulls, but USF kept building its lead. Agbasi earned her sixth block of the game at the 3:29 mark, knocking away a Springfield jumper for career block #150. The Bulls led 68-42 with 2:52 remaining.
The Lady Hawks cut the deficit with some free throws and jumpers from Sanders and Agbasi, but UMES could not close the gap and fell 71-50.
Along with her six blocks, Agbasi finished with nine rebounds and six points. Cook led UMES in scoring with 15 points, adding five boards and two assists. Sanders got 10 points and six rebounds.
Saunders led the scoring for the Bulls with 20 points, adding a pair of steals. Wynne got 19 points with nine rebounds and four steals, while Andrell Smith had 11 points and four rebounds.
The Maroon and Grey will take on Old Dominion in Norfolk for a noon matinee on Wednesday, December 21st for the next game.