UMES HEADS TO BALTIMORE TO TAKE ON IN-STATE RIVAL MORGAN STATE
Feb. 9, 2012
BALTIMORE - The Lady Hawks (8-13, 5-4 MEAC) will begin a four-game road schedule with an in-state conference opponent. UMES takes on Morgan State (6-17, 3-7 MEAC) on Saturday, February 11th at 2:00 p.m. at the Hill Field House for the first of two straight games in Baltimore.
UMES follows this road contest with away games against Coppin State, Hampton and Howard.
LAST TIME OUT: Coming back from down 15 points with 6:42 to go, UMES rallied to defeat Norfolk State at home 62-58 in overtime, evening the regular season series with the Lady Spartans. Leading by as much as 16, Norfolk State led by 10 at the half and 15 late, including 12 points from Whitney Long. UMES chipped away at the deficit, getting a 10-0 run in the final two minutes to force overtime. Led by the strong shooting of Chelsea Sanders and Adobi Agbasi, the Lady Hawks began overtime with an 8-2 run, and despite NSU getting to within two points with 43 seconds left, a late layup by Sanders sealed the game for UMES. Sanders tied a career high 25 points, including five rebounds. Agbasi earned a double-double, getting career-highs in points with 22, rebounds with 11 and blocks with eight. Tyisha Bridges led the Lady Spartans with 14 points, adding five rebounds.
SERIES HISTORY: UMES leads the in-state rivalry series with Morgan State 36-30. Last year, the two schools split the regular season series with each winning at home. Then 2-seed Morgan State defeated 7-seed UMES in the MEAC Tournament last season 43-39, despite a strong second half comeback attempt by the Maroon and Grey, to end the Lady Hawks' season.
SCOUTING THE LADY BEARS: Morgan State is 6-17 overall this season, standing in 10th place in the MEAC with a 3-7 conference record. The team lost its first four conference games, won the next three and has since lost its last trio of MEAC contests. The Lady Bears are led by two shooters who each average over 12 points a game: senior guard DeKeisha Mathis, primarily a three-point shooter, and senior guard Omara Parker, who has scored the most total points with 290.
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 103-124 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.
BEST EVER SHOT BLOCKER AT UMES?: With at least three blocks in each of her last 11 games, including a career high eight vs. Norfolk State, Adobi Agbasi stands at 199 blocks in her career. This season, Agbasi has 68 blocks, the top shot blocker in the MEAC with 3.2 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 in the top-20 in Division I and second in the MEAC in three-point shooting defense, with opponents shooting just 25.4% from beyond the arc. The Lady Hawks have allowed four or less three-point baskets in 15 of their 21 games this season, including eight of their nine MEAC contests.
CHELSEA LEADING THE WAY: Chelsea Sanders leads UMES with 13.7 points per contest, earning double digit points in 16 out of 21 UMES games this season. She also sports a team high 36 steals and is second on UMES with 5.8 rebounds a game. Sanders has gotten at least 22 points in a game five times this season.