UMES ERASES 13-POINT DEFICIT BUT DEFEATED BY BROWN 57-46
Dec. 29, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - UMES came back from down 13 points and outrebounded its opponent 56-40, but fell to Brown 57-46 in the Terrapin Classic consolation game on Saturday night. The Lady Hawks drop to 4-8 while Brown goes to 4-6.
Building on the hot shooting of Sheila Dixon, Brown used a Dixon 8-0 personal run to go up 22-9 in the first 10:50 of the game.
UMES countered with the three, with Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) and Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.) each hit shots behind the arc to pull UMES within seven 22-15 with 7:18 left in the half.
Down 26-17 at the 4:32 mark, the Lady Hawks did not allow a field goal for the rest of the period. With a Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) jumper and four Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) free throws, UMES got to within one possession 26-23 by halftime.
Roach continued the momentum into the second half, hitting a jumper in the first possession. Next time UMES had the ball, Roach got fouled on a second-chance possession, hitting two free throws to give her team a 27-26 advantage, the first time the Lady Hawks led all game. UMES lost the lead on a Dixon three, but Sweeney responded with a three of her own to push the Lady Hawks back ahead 30-29 after two minutes were gone in the second half.
A 5-0 run gave Brown back the lead by the half's first media timeout. UMES went back and forth with the Bears, with a couple of Long jumpers keeping the Lady Hawks close. UMES was within a possession 41-38 with 11:47 to play.
But despite UMES holding Brown to just two field goals in the final 11 minutes, the Lady Hawks could not get close to the Bears again and fell 57-46.
For the 10th time this season, Roach led UMES in scoring with 13 points, adding six rebounds. Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) earned a career-high 12 rebounds, also earning five points, while Long was close to a double double with 10 points and seven boards.
Dixon finished with a game-best 20 points for the Bears as well as six rebounds. Lauren Clarke ended with 12 points and Sophie Bikofsky had six points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Tournament host Maryland took the championship of the Terrapin Classic, defeating Hartford in the early Saturday game.
The Lady Hawks will be off for the next two weeks as they get set to resume MEAC play, taking on Norfolk State at the Hytche Athletic Center on Saturday, January 12th at 2 p.m.