LADY HAWKS SET TO FINISH NON-CONFERENCE PLAY WITH GAME AGAINST LINCOLN
Jan. 25, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Lady Hawks (5-11, 3-2 MEAC) will take a break from MEAC play to take on Lincoln (5-14, 1-7 CIAA) for the first time since 1990. Tip off is set for 6:00 p.m. at the Hytche.
Tickets to the game are just $5. Full-time registered students and faculty get free admission with ID.
LAST TIME OUT: With one of the strongest defensive performances of the season, UMES defeated Bethune-Cookman at home 47-43, giving Fred Batchelor his 100th win as the Lady Hawks head coach. Early on, BCU took a 19-13 lead with 11:40 left. UMES held the Lady Wildcats to just one basket the rest of the half, going on a 10-2 run to take a two-point lead into the locker room. BCU rebuilt a four-point lead 33-29 with 10:25 left. The Lady Hawks went on an 8-0 run, sandwiched by two Kwinnyata Mercer threes. Mercer later hit another three to put UMES back up by four, as the Lady Hawks did not allow a basket in the final 8:18 to secure the victory. Amber Cook led UMES with 11 points and seven rebounds, with Sha-Kiyla Finney earning a career high 10 points. Demetria Frank led BCU with 11 points and four assists.
SERIES HISTORY: Since the 1982-1983 season, this is just the second meeting between these two schools. UMES defeated Lincoln on the road 101-32 in 1990. Lincoln, one of the CIAA's founding members, rejoined the Division II ranks and the CIAA in 2008, while UMES competed in the CIAA until becoming one of the founding members of the MEAC in 1970.
SCOUTING THE LADY LIONS: Lincoln stands at 5-14 overall, winning its first conference game against Chowan on Monday to go to 1-7 in the CIAA. Previous to that conference win, the Lady Lions had fallen in their last 10 games. Lincoln is led by first year head coach Jessica Kern. Denyse Moore, a transfer out of UMES's MEAC rival Delaware State, leads the Lady Lions with 11.7 points and 3.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game. Sharay DuBose, a Salisbury native that played at Parkside High School, is second on the team with 10.3 points a contest.
COACH BATCHELOR EARNS 100TH WIN AT UMES: With the victory over Bethune-Cookman, Fred Batchelor got his 100th with UMES, currently standing at 100-122 in his eight seasons. He is the winningest Lady Hawks coach and is the only coach in UMES women's basketball history to earn 100 wins.
AGBASI REACHES 150-BLOCK MILESTONE: With at least four blocks in each of her last five games, Adobi Agbasi stands at 175 blocks in her career. This season, Agbasi has 44 blocks, standing second in the MEAC in that category. She stands second all-time in blocks in UMES history behind Kristi Veltkamp, who finished with 231 blocks from 2004 to 2008.
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 26th in Division I and second in the MEAC in three-point shooting defense, with opponents shooting just 25.6% from beyond the arc. The Lady Hawks have allowed four or less three-point baskets in nine of their 16 games this season, including four of their five MEAC contests.
CHELSEA LEADING THE WAY: Chelsea Sanders leads UMES with 11.9 points per contest, earning double digit points in 11 games this season. She also sports a team high 29 steals and is second on UMES with 5.6 rebounds a game. Sanders has twice tied a career high 22 points against UMBC and Old Dominion.