LADY HAWKS LOOK TO MAKE IT THREE STRAIGHT WINS, TAKE ON COPPIN STATE
Feb. 12, 2012
BALTIMORE - The Lady Hawks (9-13, 5-4 MEAC) return to Baltimore to play another in-state conference rival on Monday, tipping off at 5:30 p.m. against Coppin State (14-10, 9-2 MEAC) at the Physical Education Complex. UMES seeks their third straight victory in this matchup of top-5 MEAC teams.
LAST TIME OUT: Led by 38 points scored in the paint by the Lady Hawks, UMES outscored the Lady Bears by 16 in the second half to defeat Morgan State 75-57 in Baltimore for its second straight win. UMES finished the first half on a 6-0 run, including a pair of baskets by Chelsea Sanders, to go up at halftime 33-31. Up 38-36 with 18:24 to go, the Lady Hawks attacked the basket, going on a 21-3 run, led by Sanders and Adobi Agbasi, to build a 20-point lead. Despite a late 8-0 run by Morgan State, UMES's lead held as the Lady Hawks took the victory. For the second straight game, Agbasi finished with a double-double, getting 16 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks. Sanders finished with a team-high 23 points, adding six rebounds. Porsha Barr earned a career high 11 points off 5-8 shooting while Amber Cook got a career high 11 rebounds with four assists. Tracey Carrington led the Lady Bears with 10 points, while Omara Parker had nine points and 10 boards.
SERIES HISTORY: Coppin State holds a slight edge in the overall series with UMES 29-23. Each has the advantage at home: UMES leads 14-12 in games in Princess Anne while CSU is 16-9 in Baltimore contests. Last season, the two schools split the series, with each winning at home.
SCOUTING THE LADY EAGLES: Coppin State stands in fourth place in the conference with a 9-2 MEAC record, just a game out of first, also holding a 14-10 overall tally. The Lady Eagles are currently on a seven-game winning streak. 6'3" center Jeanine Manley leads the team with 13.9 points per game off a 50.5% field goal rate, adding 5.8 boards per contest. Junior Shawntae Payne serves as the point guard with 75 assists, netting 8.8 points per game.
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 104-124 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 a combined 16 blocks in her last two games, Adobi Agbasi stands at 207 blocks in her career. This season, Agbasi has 76 blocks, the top shot blocker in the MEAC with 3.6 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 26% from beyond the arc. The Lady Hawks have allowed four or less three-point baskets in 15 of their 22 games this season, including eight of their 10 MEAC contests.
CHELSEA LEADING THE WAY: Chelsea Sanders leads UMES with 14.1 points per contest, earning double digit points in 17 out of 22 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 23 points in four of her last six games.