LADY HAWKS RETURN TO THE HYTCHE FOR A TOP-5 MEAC MATCHUP WITH HOWARD
Feb. 3, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES (7-12, 4-3 MEAC) is back at the Hytche Athletic Center looking to take down Howard (15-7, 7-2 MEAC) in a game between two teams in the top-five of the conference. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 4th.
Tickets to this game are just $10 and are good for the late men's basketball game between UMES and Howard. UMES students and faculty can get in free with a UMES ID. This is the only regular season matchup between these two teams.
LAST TIME OUT: Holding its opponent to under 51 points for the fifth time in as many games, UMES earned a road victory over North Carolina Central 54-46 to go back above .500 in conference play. The Lady Hawks began with an 8-0 run including a pair of layups from Chelsea Sanders. UMES built its lead to ten 22-12 at the 3:53 mark, but N.C. Central cut the deficit to three at the half. Sanders continued her strong shooting, aiding the Lady Hawks push their lead to 36-25 with 12:55 left. The Lady Hawks led the entire half to win by eight. Sanders finished with 10-14 from the field for a career-high 25 points, eight boards and three steals. Adobi Agbasi scored eight points with six rebounds and five blocks, including four blocks in the second half. Chasidy Williams led the Lady Eagles with 17 points and seven rebounds, while teammate Kabrina Truesdale got 15 points off the bench.
SERIES HISTORY: Howard leads the series with UMES 53-14 all-time. Last season the two teams split the series, with each winning at home. Since the 98-99 season, UMES trails slightly at home against Howard 6-5.
SCOUTING THE LADY BISON: Howard currently is tied for third place in the MEAC with Coppin State with a 7-2 conference record, standing 15-7 overall. Each of Howard's conference losses have come against Hampton as the Lady Bison have won four of their last five games. Reigning MEAC Player of the Year Saadia Doyle, a redshirt-junior forward, leads Howard with 8.3 rebounds a game, adding 17.3 points each contest. Junior guard Tamoria Holmes leads Howard in shooting with 18 points per game while fellow junior Cheyenne Curley-Payne serves as the point guard with 5.3 assists and 6.5 points a game.
COACH BATCHELOR EARNS 100TH WIN AT UMES: With the victory over Bethune-Cookman, Fred Batchelor got his 100th with UMES, currently standing at 102-123 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 THE TOP BLOCKER IN THE MEAC: With at least three blocks in each of her last nine games, Adobi Agbasi stands at 187 blocks in her career. This season, Agbasi has 56 blocks, the top shot blocker in the MEAC with over three per game. 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 18th in Division I and second in the MEAC in three-point shooting defense, with opponents shooting just 25.3% from beyond the arc. The Lady Hawks have allowed four or less three-point baskets in 12 of their 19 games this season, including six of their seven MEAC contests.
CHELSEA LEADING THE WAY: Chelsea Sanders leads UMES with 13.3 points per contest, earning double digit points in 14 out of 19 UMES games this season. She also sports a team high 34 steals and is second on UMES with 5.7 rebounds a game. Sanders has four times gotten at least 22 points in a game this year.