LADY HAWKS SEEK TO AVENGE EARLIER LOSS AGAINST NORFOLK STATE
Feb. 5, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES (7-13, 4-4 MEAC) will rematch against the Lady Spartans of Norfolk State (9-12, 4-6 MEAC) at the Hytche Athletic Center on Monday, February 6th at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Hawks are seeking to avenge a last second loss about a month ago in Norfolk.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite one of their strongest defensive efforts of the year, holding Howard, in third place in the MEAC, to just 49 points, the Lady Hawks fell to the Lady Bison 49-36 at the Hytche on Saturday. UMES began the game on a 7-0 run sparked by five straight points from Chelsea Sanders. Howard went on a 15-2 run to take the lead. The Lady Hawks took back the lead with a 7-0 run including a pair of layups from Adobi Agbasi and a Kwinnyata Mercer three. The Lady Bison responded with a 9-0 run, eventually leading at halftime 32-23. UMES held Howard to just 17 points in the second half, including four blocks from Agbasi, but could not cut the deficit and fell. Sanders finished with 11 points and six rebounds, while Agbasi got eight points, seven boards and four blocks. Saadia Doyle had a double-double for Howard, scoring 12 points, despite going 4-14 from the field with 11 rebounds and five steals.
SERIES HISTORY: Norfolk State holds the series lead over UMES 21-10, including an 11-5 lead at the Hytche. The last meeting on January 7th in Norfolk, UMES came back from down 15 at the half, but fell after a Rae Corbo three at the buzzer won the game for the Lady Spartans 61-58.
SCOUTING THE LADY SPARTANS: Norfolk State stands at 7-12 overall and 4-6 in the MEAC, being just a game out of fifth place in the conference after being picked to finish last in the preseason poll. Senior guard Whitney Long leads the Lady Spartans with 13.5 points a game, adding a team high 39 steals. Sophomore forward Rachel Gordon averages 8.9 points and 10.2 rebounds a game, while sophomore guard Corbo gets 12.8 points a contest.
COACH BATCHELOR EARNS 100TH WIN AT UMES: With the victory over Bethune-Cookman on January 23rd, Fred Batchelor got his 100th with UMES, currently standing at 102-124 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 10 games, Adobi Agbasi stands at 191 blocks in her career. This season, Agbasi has 60 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 25.1% from beyond the arc. The Lady Hawks have allowed four or less three-point baskets in 13 of their 20 games this season, including sseven of their eight 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.