UMES FIGHTS UNTIL THE END, STILL COMES UP A LITTLE SHORT

Jan. 13, 2003

12/21/2002 - "UMES FIGHTS UNTIL THE END, STILL COMES UP A LITTLE SHORT"

"UMES FIGHTS UNTIL THE END, STILL COMES UP A LITTLE SHORT" "THOMPSON HAS GOOD DEBUT"

PRINCESS ANNE, MD-The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Lady Hawks (3-6) were excited to play today's game. Octavia Thompson, their sophomore Guard would be able to play in her first game of the year and LaToshia Bailey was playing her second, but first at home. They thought they could give the Mustangs of Cal Poly (3-6) a good fight. They did, pushing the game to the wire only to come up a little short.

For the fourth straight game UMES allowed a lead to become a deficit as they let the Mustangs come back from a 27-22 half-time margin. UME Shot well, they outs-hot Cal Poly in every category with 44 percent shooting form the floor, 42 percent from the arc and 62 percent form the charity stripe. They also out-rebounded them by a 42-38 margin. What UMES didn't do well was take care of the ball as the Mustang pressure in the second half forced a season high 33 turnovers for the Lady Hawks.

Octavia Thompson had ten points in her debut while Zereena Stephens added 11 and Tiffany Winkfield led all scorers with 14. She also led all rebounders with her eight boards. What hurt was the eight turnovers by Thompson and six by Bailey. Winkfield had five of her own while Ckyla Grays and Tekeya Gooden had four.

Cal Poly was everywhere capitalizing on those turnovers with 17steals. The pressure was relentless as the Mustangs used 12 players to keep up the intensity. Heidi Wittstrom finished with 13 points while Kari Duperron added 11 and Sarah Grieve had ten.

UMES forced 18 turnovers of their own and played hard. After allowing the Mustangs to take a nine point lead 49-40 at the 7:33 mark UMES came back cutting it to three on a jumper by Winkfield at the 4:30 mark. They let Cal Poly right back in and the Mustangs pushed it back to eight two minutes later. Winkfield would knock down two free throws and Stephens would sink one more to cut it to five. Winkfield would grab the missed free throw and hit a turnaround jumper to put the Hawks back in it with 32 second remaining. After Michele Henke calmly made her two free throws Stephens would make one on the other end to put UMES at a four-point deficit with only 20 seconds on the clock.

Paula Tucker would be called for a foul and Grieve would make the second of two free throws to stretch the Mustang lead back to five. An outlet pass to Thompson would see a made three-pointer to cut it to two. Henke would make one of two free throws after being fouled by Thompson and the lead would be three with only eight seconds remaining.

In the final eight seconds with the lead at one after a Stephen's lay-up, She and Winkfield would miss tough shots forcing a foul from Thompson. That would put Henke back on the line for two, of which she would make the second. A long three-pointer by Bailey would barley miss to the left of the rim as time expired. Giving Cal Poly the 64-62 win.

The Lady Hawks have off until January 4, when MEAC play begins as the host Hampton at 2:00.