LADY HAWKS WELCOME ALL FOR HOMECOMING, TAKE ON MORGAN STATE
Feb. 14, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Lady Hawks are ready for Homecoming 2013 as they take the floor against Morgan State on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game at the Hytche.
Homecoming tickets are $25 and are good for both games of the Saturday doubleheader, including the men's game at 4 p.m.
UMES comes into Saturday at 6-14 overall and 2-7 in conference play, while Morgan State is 8-16 this season and 5-6 in the MEAC.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES nearly pulled off a huge comeback from down 20 and got to within one possession in the final minute against Norfolk State but fell just short 54-51 on the road on Monday. With UMES down 51-31, Karona Roach sparked the comeback attempt, leading the Lady Hawks on a 20-2 run to get within two, but UMES could not convert on the final chance. Roach finished with a game-high 19 points, including 15 in the second half. Sha-Kiyla Finney earned 10 points off a 10-10 performance from the free throw line. For the Spartans, Rachel Gordon got a double double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
SERIES HISTORY: The Lady Hawks lead the overall series with in-state MEAC rival Morgan State 38-30, earning the first season sweep since the 05-06 season last year. UMES has won the last four meetings in Princess Anne, including last year's Homecoming game 75-57, led by Kwinnyata Mercer's 24 points, leading her to be the MVP of the game, and Adobi Agbasi's nine points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. Morgan State has led by Omara Parker, who finished with 16 points and six rebounds off the bench.
SCOUTING THE BEARS: Morgan State is tied for eighth place in the MEAC with a 5-6 conference record, standing 8-16 overall. The Lady Bears are coming off a 68-33 road loss to Howard on Monday after having previously won three of their last four games. Senior guard Bianca Jarrett is fourth in the MEAC in scoring with 16.9 points a game, also leading the team with 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Tracey Carrington, a sophomore guard, is second on Morgan State with 11 points and 5.6 rebounds a contest.
KARONA LEADS THE WAY: Senior Karona Roach is doing it all for UMES this season. She is averaging 13.2 points per contest this season, leading the team in scoring in 13 out of 20 games and standing ninth in the MEAC in points per game, scoring a combined 50 points in two games against Norfolk State. She also leads the team with 35 steals and 48 assists. Roach stands in the top-15 in the MEAC in scoring, free throw percentage, three-point shooting percentage and assists per game
UDOJI - MEAC'S TOP SHOT BLOCKER: Alexis Udoji currently leads the MEAC with 43 blocks and 2.3 blocked shots per game. The two-time MEAC Rookie of the Week swatted away a career-high seven shots in a win against North Carolina Central. Udoji shoots 40.3% and is second on the team with 5.6 rebounds a contest.
STEWART NAMED MEAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds against North Carolina A&T, Shanyce Stewart earned her first-ever MEAC Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending February 3rd. In total during the week, the junior forward finished with 23 rebounds and nine steals in two games.
SURGING SHAWNEE: Shawnee Sweeney has emerged as a consistent scoring threat for UMES. The last 12 games, she has earned at least eight points in nine of them, including five double digit scoring contests. She earned a career-high 17 points in the recent win over North Carolina Central and leads UMES with 31 three-point baskets.
LADY HAWKS ARE ONE OF THE BEST FROM THE PERIMETER: UMES has the MEAC's second-best perimeter shooting team in the MEAC at 30.8%. The team is also third in the league with 5.4 three-point field goals a game. UMES has scored at least five three-pointers in five of the last six games, including 14 against Norfolk State, the highest mark at UMES under Fred Batchelor's tenure. Karona Roach and Shawnee Sweeney each stand in the top-ten in the MEAC in three-point field goal %: as of Saturday Roach is fourth at 38.5% and Sweeney is sixth at 37.0%. Sha-Kiyla Finney is 14th at 31.6%.
RETURNING GUARDS GREATLY IMPROVING SCORING: Four UMES guards have at least tripled their average offensive output from last season. UMES's leading scorer Karona Roach is scoring 13.2 points a contest after averaging just four last year. Shawnee Sweeney is getting 8.0 points a game, over quadruple her 1.9 points a game output last season and second on the team. Sha-Kiyla Finney was averaging 2.3 points per game in the 2011-12 season and this year earns 7.6 points a contest. Primary point guard Jessica Long is fourth on the team with 6.8 points a game after just getting 2.1 each game last season.
UMES ROOKIES ARE STRONG IN THE FRONTCOURT: The UMES freshmen have been strong players in the frontcourt, leading the MEAC in Rookie of the Week awards with four. Ashleigh Claybrooks and Alexis Udoji have each earned a pair of weekly rookie awards. Claybrooks leads all UMES freshmen with 6.1 points a game, adding 5.1 boards per contest. Udoji is second on the team in rebounding at 5.4 boards each game and the MEAC's top shot blocker.