LADY HAWKS RESUME MEAC PLAY, FACE NORFOLK STATE ON SATURDAY
Jan. 6, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. - The Lady Hawks (3-9, 1-0 MEAC) looks to stay undefeated in conference play as they head to Norfolk to take on the Lady Spartans (6-7, 1-1 MEAC) at Echols Hall on Saturday at 4 p.m.
UMES started MEAC play in December with a 60-32 victory over Delaware State. The Lady Hawks look to snap a two-game losing streak in their eighth-straight road contest. Their last victory came in Norfolk with a 63-59 win over Old Dominion.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES played its final non-conference road game on Monday, falling to Elizabeth City State 62-55. After an early lead for the Lady Vikings, UMES went on a 7-0 run including baskets from Shawnee Sweeney and Sha-Kiyla Finney to take a 9-7 lead. ECSU took back the lead and built the advantage to eight in the period, with the Lady Hawks getting back to within three at halftime. UMES stayed close through most of the second half, trailing by six at the 4:35 mark after a pair of Chelsea Sanders free throws, but the team could not close the gap. Amber Cook led UMES with 15 points including 11-12 from the foul line, adding five rebounds. Adobi Agbasi finished with nine points, five blocks and six boards. For ECSU, Jasmine Whitehurst, Shatara Jackson and Stephanie Harper all had at least 14 points.
SERIES HISTORY: Though Norfolk State holds a 20-10 series lead, UMES has won the last six contests against the Lady Spartans over the last four seasons. Fred Batchelor's teams hold an 8-4 record against Norfolk State. Last time these teams met on Feb. 5, 2011, the Lady Hawks defeated the Lady Spartans 72-49, led by 19 and 18 points by Chena Parker and Casey Morton respectively.
SCOUTING THE LADY SPARTANS: Norfolk State re-enters MEAC play with a 6-7 overall record, currently standing at 1-1 in conference play after a win over Savannah State followed by a loss to South Carolina State. The Lady Spartans recently snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over George Mason. Senior guard Whitney Long leads the Lady Spartans in scoring with 14.8 points a contest, taking more than 65% of the team's three-point shots. Sophomore forward Rachel Gordon nearly averages a double-double with 9.8 points and 9.3 boards a contest.
COACH BATCHELOR APPROACHING 100TH UMES WIN: After UMES's victory over Old Dominion, coach Fred Batchelor is just two wins away from reaching his 100th win with UMES, currently standing at 98-120 in his eight seasons. This will make Batchelor the first in UMES women's basketball history to reach that mark.
AGBASI REACHES 150-BLOCK MILESTONE: After blocking five shots against Elizabeth City State, Adobi Agbasi stands at 158 blocks in her career. She reached the 150-block milestone with six blocks against USF on December 17th. This year, she leads the Lady Hawks with 27 blocks. She stands second all-time in blocks in UMES history behind Kristi Veltkamp, who finished with 231 blocks from 2004-08.
BARR EARNS MEAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Porsha Barr got UMES's first weekly MEAC award, getting Rookie of the Week for the period ending Jan. 1. The freshman forward shot 3-5 against Wake Forest, totaling eight points and three boards.
PROTECTING THE PERIMETER: UMES is 24th in Division I and second in the MEAC in three-point shooting defense, with opponents shooting just 25% from beyond the arc. The Lady Hawks have allowed four or less three-point baskets in seven of their 12 games this season.
CHELSEA LEADING THE WAY: Chelsea Sanders leads UMES with 12.0 points per contest, earning double digit points in nine games this season. She also sports a team high 22 steals and is second on UMES with 5.6 rebounds a game. Sanders has twice tied a career high with 22 points against UMBC and Old Dominion.