UMES HEADS BACK TO D.C. FOR A REMATCH AGAINST HOWARD
Feb. 19, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Lady Hawks (9-15, 6-6 MEAC) head back to our nation's capital for a second chance against Howard (20-7, 12-2 MEAC). Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 20th. This is UMES's final road game of the year.
UMES played American in Washington D.C. on November 30th, earning its first victory of the season with a 39-37 overtime win.
LAST TIME OUT: In a defensive struggle, UMES fell to Hampton, a team currently tied for first place in the MEAC, 47-29 on the road on Saturday. Kwinnyata Mercer scored the first five points for UMES as Hampton began the game on a 17-5 run with 8:23 left in the first half. Mercer went on a personal 5-0 run late in the half to pull UMES within three 19-16 with 2:33 in the period. But that was the closest UMES came as Hampton went on a 15-0 into the second half and allowed just 13 points in the period. Mercer led the Lady Hawks with 10 points, while Shanyce Stewart earned a career-high 15 rebounds with four points. Melanie Warner got 13 points and three steals for Hampton, while Keiara Avant had 17 rebounds.
SERIES HISTORY: Howard leads the overall series against UMES 54-14. UMES has not defeated the Lady Bison in its last ten attempts. Howard won the previous meeting between the two on February 4th, defeating UMES 49-36 at the Hytche Athletic Center. Zykia Brown led Howard with 13 points, with Saadia Doyle adding a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Chelsea Sanders led the Lady Hawks with 11 points and six boards, while Kwinnyata Mercer and Adobi Agbasi each contributed eight points.
SCOUTING THE LADY BISON: Howard comes into the contest on a seven-game winning streak, standing at 20-7 with a 12-2 MEAC record, with its only conference losses coming against Hampton. Junior guard Tamoria Holmes leads the Lady Bison with 18.2 points per game. Redshirt junior forward Saadia Doyle, reigning MEAC Player of the Year, averages 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds a contest, while junior point guard Cheyenne Curley-Payne stands at 146 assists and 77 steals.
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 104-126 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?: Adobi Agbasi stands at 212 blocks in her career. This season, Agbasi has 81 blocks, the top shot blocker in the MEAC with 3.5 per game. She stands second all-time in blocks in UMES history behind Kristi Veltkamp, who finished with 231 blocks from 2004 to 2008.
AGBASI NAMED MEAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: With two double doubles in a pair of wins, Adobi Agbasi earned MEAC Player of the Week for the period ending February 12th. Agbasi had a combined 38 points, 28 rebounds and 16 blocks in victories against Norfolk State and Morgan State.
PROTECTING THE PERIMETER: UMES is 16th in Division I and second in the MEAC in three-point shooting defense, with opponents shooting just 25.6% from beyond the arc. The Lady Hawks have allowed four or less three-point baskets in 17 of their 24 games this season, including 10 of their 12 MEAC contests.
CHELSEA LEADING THE WAY: Chelsea Sanders leads UMES with 13.2 points per contest, earning double digit points in 17 out of 24 UMES games this season. She also sports a team high 36 steals and is third on UMES with 5.7 rebounds a game. Sanders has gotten at least 23 points in four of her last eight games.