LADY HAWKS HOST IN-STATE RIVAL COPPIN STATE ON MONDAY
Feb. 17, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Lady Hawks will look to make it four in a row against Maryland-based teams as they host MEAC rival Coppin State on Monday at 5:30 p.m.
After falling to Mount St. Mary's on the road, UMES has defeated Towson, UMBC and most recently Morgan State this year.
Tickets for the game are $10 each and are good for the men's game following the women's contest. All UMES students get free admission with a school ID.
UMES and Coppin State are each coming off a victory. UMES is 7-14 overall and 3-7 in the MEAC, while Coppin State is 10-15 and 6-6 in conference play.
LAST TIME OUT: With strong frontcourt play and defense, UMES came back from down 11 in the second half to defeat Morgan State 54-50 on Homecoming. The Lady Hawks finished the game outscoring Morgan State 24-9, taking their first lead in the final period with just over two minutes left off a Shawnee Sweeney three. Ashleigh Claybrooks earned the Jesse T. Williams Homecoming Hawk Award, shooting 7-8 with a team-best 14 points and eight rebounds, while Karona Roach got nine points, five boards and three assists. For MSU, Chyress Lockhart led the team with 16 points and nine rebounds.
SERIES HISTORY: UMES trails in the overall series with Coppin State 31-23, with the Eagles winning the last four meetings, including a season sweep last year. This will be the first of two meetings between the schools this year. Last time out, UMES lost the lead with 18 seconds left off an Ashle Craig layup and could not convert another basket, falling 48-47 at the Hytche on February 27th, 2012. Kwinnyata Mercer and Chelsea Sanders each had 14 points for UMES, while Crystal Whittington led the Eagles with nine points and eight rebounds.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Coppin State stands in the middle of the pack in the MEAC in seventh place with a 6-6 conference record and 10-15 overall standing this season. The Eagles won for the first time in three games last time out with a 73-68 victory over Delaware State. Senior forward Leola Spotwood is the team's leading scorer, shooting 40.3% for 12.4 points and 7.7 rebounds a game. Junior Kyra Coleman is second in scoring with 11.5 points a contest, adding 5.6 boards a game and 43 total steals.
KARONA LEADS THE WAY: Senior Karona Roach is doing it all for UMES this season. She is averaging 13.0 points per contest this season, leading the team in scoring in 13 out of 21 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 51 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 44 blocks and 2.2 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 39.4% and is second on the team with 5.4 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.
NEVER COUNT OUT THE LADY HAWKS: With UMES's comeback victory over Morgan State on February 16th, the Lady Hawks have twice comeback in the final three minutes to win a game. On November 17th, Karona Roach hit a three in the final minute of the game to pull ahead of Elizabeth City State. UMES won the game 66-62 at the Hytche.
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.
UMES IS TOUGH ON THE BOARDS: The Lady Hawks are outrebounding their competition by almost one rebound a game, with the difference being over two boards a contest in MEAC play. The biggest difference in conference play has come on the offensive boards with UMES earning 175 offensive rebounds to the competition's 131. Shanyce Stewart stands in the top-five in rebounding in the MEAC with 8.1 rebounds per game. In MEAC play, Ashleigh Claybrooks is averaging just under six rebounds per contest, including 10 in a road game against Norfolk State.