LADY HAWKS HOST LONGWOOD THURSDAY LOOKING TO AVENGE EARLY-SEASON LOSS
Coach Batchelor and the Lady Hawks take on Longwood Thursday
Coach Batchelor and the Lady Hawks take on Longwood Thursday

Feb. 16, 2006

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The Women's Game
The third-place UMES Lady Hawks (9-11, 7-5 MEAC) take a break from MEAC play for a re-match against the independent Longwood Lancers (9-16) Thursday at the Hytche Center. The Lady Hawks, winners of four of their last six games, fell to Delaware State Monday by double-figures for the second time this season, 64-45. UMES is in a stretch of playing seven of eight contests this month at home (including the next five).

UMES continues to play without two regular starters due to injury: senior co-captain Jamila Griffith and junior Qiana Cheatham. Griffith has missed 11 straight while Cheatham, out for the season, has missed the past ten. The Lancers, led by the twin duo of Ashley and Amber Mason, have gone 6-6 under new head coach Nikki Atkinson following a 3-10 start under Shirley Duncan. Longwood beat the Lady Hawks 72-58 at home Nov. 18 in the season opener for each team.

Turning the Tide
With a 9-11 overall record (7-5 MEAC), the Lady Hawks are reaching some positive benchmarks for a basketball program that has lacked great success the past decade.

After defeating NSU Feb. 6 to improve to 7-4 in conference, the Lady Hawks went three games above .500 in MEAC play for the first time in seven seasons (the `98-'99 team started 5-1 MEAC). It was the first time in four seasons that a UMES basketball team, men's or women's, reached that mark (the `01-'02 men's team was 5-2 MEAC). No UMES basketball team has gone four games above .500 in conference since the aforementioned `98-'99 Lady Hawks squad.

The Lady Hawks are approaching the .500 mark in overall record. No UMES basketball team (men's or women's) has been at .500 or better overall this late in the season since the `97-'98 Lady Hawks finished 16-11 (a span of eight seasons).

News and Notes
Toni Kennedy is having a terrific senior season. The former walk-on is second in the conference in scoring (16.0 ppg), second in three-pointers made/game (3.2, also sixth in the nation as of 2.14) and second in steals/game (3.1). Kennedy won consecutive MEAC Player of the Week awards for the weeks ending Dec. 18 + 25...

Freshman Tiffany Reid is averaging 9.0 ppg (99 pts) and 6.6 rpg (73 rebs) in her 11 starts filling in for the injured Jamila Griffith, during which time she has won two MEAC Rookie of the Week awards (she has won that award three times, the weeks ending 12.25, 1.8 and 1.15)...

Sophomore Kristi Veltkamp is second on the team in scoring and in rebounding, but has struggled of late. She is averaging only 9.0 pgg (99 pts) in the 11 games since Jamila Griffith's injury, compared to 15.9 ppg in the nine games beforehand. Veltkamp leads the conference in blocked shots (UMES leads the MEAC with 4.1 blocks/gm), and is second in field goal pct (51%)...

The Lady Hawks are averaging 59 ppg (644 pts) in the 11 games since Jamila Griffith's injury (compared to 72 ppg in nine games beforehand). Overall, UMES is averaging 64 ppg (second in the MEAC). The Lady Hawks lead the conference assists/game (13.0) and are second in asst/turnover ratio (0.62/1), three-pointers/game (5.9), third in FG pct. (38%) and fourth in scoring margin (-1.3)...

Free-throw shooting has hurt the Lady Hawks this season. UMES is last (11th/11) in the MEAC in team free throw percentage (57%), and has shot 50% or less from the line in eight of its 20 games (3-5 record)...

The Lady Hawks' season sweep of Hampton provided two firsts: the program's first two-game sweep of the Lady Pirates and the first road victory at Hampton. UMES has now beaten Hampton three consecutive times (after compiling a total of three wins prior to that streak).

The Lady Hawks 10-8 conference record last season gave the team its first winning MEAC season since `97-'98 (12-6), a span of 7 seasons...

LADY HAWKS AT A GLANCE
Probable Starters
Player Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG
11 DeVaughn Hailey G 5'5 Fr. 6.4 3.3 Freshman from Camden, NJ...Played at Woodrow Wilson HS, where she started for four seasons...Helped team win the South Jersey championship and the New Jersey Group III Tournament of Champions Final in 2005. 33 Toni Kennedy G 5'6 Sr. 16.0 2.9 Senior from Baltimore, Md. led team in scoring last season (10.0 ppg) after walking onto team...JUCO transfer from Labette C.C. (Parsons, Ks., `02-'03) and Grayson C.C. (Denison, Tx., `03-'04)...All-time leading scorer at Dunbar HS (1,128 pts), won three consecutive state championships (`00-'02). 34 Tiffany Reid F 5'9 Fr. 7.4 5.6 Freshman from Philadelphia, played at National Christian Academy (Ft. Washington, Md.) after starring at Strawberry Mansion HS in the Philly Public League...Made first-team all-Public League two consecutive seasons. 23 Natalia Benton F/C 6'3 Jr. 3.5 4.5 JUCO transfer from Monroe C.C. (Rochester, NY) where she won consecutive Division II NJCAA National Championships (`04, `05) and was named to the All-Tournament Team last season...Originally from Brooklyn, NY. 25 Daynese Stowe C 6'2 Sr. 3.1 2.6 Senior from Philadelphia missed three games (12/6- 12/17) with a lower back injury...2004 transfer from Florida C.C. (Jacksonville, Fl.)...Played in 26 games last season, averaged 4.0 ppg and 3.3 rpg.

Reserves
Player Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG
0 Rachael Goodwin G 5'6 Sr. 4.5 3.5 Senior from Memphis, Tn...Played 1 1/2 seasons (2002-03, part of 2003-04) at UMES before sitting out last season, re-joined squad this summer...Played in a total of 35 games prior to `05-'06 (5.7 ppg career). 1 Brittany Adkins F 6'1 So. 2.9 3.1 Sophomore from Millsboro, De., played in 26 games her freshman season...Played at Sussex Tech. HS where she made first-team all-state senior year. *2 Alicia Loxen G 5'6 Fr. 0.0 0.0 Red-shirt freshman from Owosso, Mi. out for rest of season with multiple meniscus tears in left knee (missed all of last season with a torn left ACL). 3 Kristi Veltkamp F/C 6'3 So. 12.1 5.9 Voted to Preseason All-MEAC First-Team...Sophomore from Hudsonville, Mi. finished second on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) and rebounding (4.5 rpg) her freshman season...Won State and National Homeschool championships in 2003 for Lansing Homeschool (with teammate Alicia Loxen). 12 Jasmine Speed F 5'10 Fr. 0.8 0.6 Freshman from Chesterfield, Mi....Played at Anchor Bay HS. *21 Qiana Cheatham F 5'10 Jr. 8.5 3.4 Junior from Baltimore, Md. out for remainder of season with lower left leg fracture suffered in practice Jan. 6...Started final six games of last season (11.2 ppg). 22 Adrienne Brown G 5'5 Fr. 0.5 0.3 Walk-on from Springdale, Md....Attended prep school at The Patterson School (Lenoir, NC) in 04-05...Played at Charles H. Flowers HS (Landover). 32 Almalika Lemon F 6'1 Jr. 0.8 1.2 JUCO transfer missed five games (12/30- 1/16) with a right knee injury...Played at Frank Phillips College (Borger, Tx., `03-'04) and NE Oklahoma A&M (Miami, Ok., `02-'03)...Originally from Manhattan, NY. *35 Jamila Griffith F 6'0 Sr. 12.0 3.1 Currently out with internal injuries suffered Dec. 30 against CCSU...Voted to Preseason All-MEAC Second-Team...Led team in rebounding last season (7.6 rpg), was third in scoring (8.3 ppg)...2003 transfer from Tallahassee C.C. (Tallahassee, Fl.), originally from Barbados (West Indies).

*Currently Inactive due to injury

UMES Lady Hawks (9-11, 7-5)
2005-06 Schedule:
Previous Games
Date Game Result
11/10 Bowie St. (Ex) W 82-49
11/18 ^at Longwood L 58-72
11/19 ^v. Gard.-Webb W 77-67
11/29 #18 Temple L 53-60
12/6 at Michigan L 59-77
12/10 at Howard* L 90-93 (OT)
12/17 Bucknell L 92-93 (3 OT)
12/21 at St. Francis (NY) W 73-66
12/29 #v. Furman L 81-86
12/30 #v. Cent. Conn. St. L 61-67
1/4 N.C. A&T* W 70-55
1/7 at Hampton* W 68-55
1/9 at Norfolk State* W 68-56
1/16 Delaware State* L 51-65
1/21 at Fla. A&M* L 53-65
1/23 at Beth-Cook.* W 67-60
1/28 at Morgan St.* W 58-46
1/30 at Coppin St.* L 40-61
2/4 Hampton* W 59-51
2/6 Norfolk St.* W 65-56
2/13 at Delaware St* L 45-64


Upcoming Games
Date Game Result
2/16 Longwood 7:00 pm
2/18 Florida A&M* 2:00 pm
2/20 Beth.-Cookman* 5:30 pm
2/25 Morgan State* 2:00 pm
2/27 Coppin State* 5:30 pm
3/1 at S. Carolina St* 5:30 pm
3/4 Howard* 2:00 pm
3/6-11 MEAC Tourney TBA
^=Lancer Invitational (Farmville, VA)
#=Terrapin Classic (College Park)
*denotes MEAC conference game

Fred Batchelor- Head Coach
Fred Batchelor is in his second season as head coach of the Lady Hawks. In his first, he led UMES to its first winning record in conference since 1997-'98 (10-8) and a fifth-place MEAC finish. Heading into this season, Batchelor had a career head coaching record of 74-61 over five seasons.

Before his arrival in Princess Anne, Batchelor spent two seasons as head women's basketball coach at Elizabeth City State University (Elizabeth City, North Carolina), where he finished as high as third place in the CIAA. Prior to that, he served two seasons as head women's basketball coach at Buffalo State College. There, he guided the Bengals to a SUNY Athletic Conference regular season championship and a Division III NCAA Tournament appearance in his final season (2001-`02), when he was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year.

Batchelor has also served as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's basketball teams at Buffalo State, a men's assistant coach at the University of Buffalo, men's head coach and Athletic Director at Villa Maria Junior College and men's head coach at his alma mater Valley Forge Christian College.

Batchelor graduated from Valley Forge Christian College in 1988.

Assistant Coaches

Revonda Whitley- Assistant Coach
Revonda Whitley, a second-season assistant at UMES, serves as the recruiting coordinator in charge of player development, budgeting, and scheduling for the Lady Hawks. Whitley came to UMES from Elizabeth City State University, where she served in the same capacity under then-head coach Fred Batchelor.

Prior to her post at Elizabeth City, Whitley coached high school girls and AAU boys basketball in Columbia, SC. She played basketball for four seasons at her alma mater, Winthrop University from 1990-94.

Chris Massey- Assistant Coach
Chris Massey, a second-season assistant at UMES, came to Princess Anne from New York state where he made several coaching stops in the high school and collegiate ranks. He was most recently head women's basketball coach at Mt. Mercy Academy, where he complied a 49-6 overall record in two seasons.

Massey worked in the college ranks at Buffalo State College under then-head coach Fred Batchelor in 2001-`02. That season the Bengals won the SUNYAC regular season championship and appeared in the Division III NCAA Tournament.

Destiney Avent- Assistant Coach
Destiney Avent, the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff, is in her third season as an assistant coach. She returned to her alma mater after spending one season as the head women's basketball coach at Montgomery Community College (2002-03).

Avent played for two seasons at UMES (2000-02), and was named the team MVP in 2002. Before her time in Princess Anne, Avent played two seasons at Tallahassee Community College.

MEAC 2005-06 Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
Rk School Points
1. *Coppin St. (10) 388
2. Hampton (7) 373
3. Howard (2) 290
4. Delaware St. 282
5. UMES (1) 277
6. Norfolk St. 216
7. Florida A&M 214
8. N Carolina A&T 156
9. S. Carolina State 126
10. Beth.-Cookman 94
11. Morgan State 24
(first-place votes in parenthesis)
*2005 regular season and MEAC Tournament champion

Preseason MEAC First Team
G Katie Clark, Bethune-Cook.
G Sherrie Tucker, Coppin St.
G Rachel Butler, Hampton
G Shareka Glover, N.C. A&T
F Kristi Veltkamp, UMES

Second Team
G Rashida Suber, Coppin St.
G Raquel Collier, Delaware St.
F Jamila Griffith, UMES
F Melaney Denson, S.C. St.
C Najmah Fauntleroy, Delaware St.

Preseason Player of the Year:
Sherrie Tucker, Coppin St.

-Selected in a vote by MEAC coaches and Sports Information Directors