UMES SET FOR MID-WEEK MATCHUP AGAINST HAMPTON
Feb. 19, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Lady Hawks look to be the first MEAC team to defeat Hampton on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Hytche Athletic Center.
Admission for the doubleheader is ten dollars per ticket and is good for the men's game following the women's contest. All UMES students get to enter for free with a school ID.
The Lady Hawks enter Wednesday's game at 7-15 overall and 3-8 in the MEAC. Hampton stands at 20-5 this season and 11-0 in conference play.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES came back from down 11 points to lead 48-41 with six minutes left to play, but a late charge by Coppin State gave the game to the Eagles 55-50 on Monday. The Lady Hawks attacked the paint and earned trips to the free throw line to cut the deficit and take the lead, but 10 second half points from Leola Spotwood got the Eagles the win. Alexis Udoji nearly had a double double with nine points, nine rebounds and four blocks, while Ashleigh Claybrooks had eight points and five boards. Spotwood concluded with 18 points and four steals in total for CSU, with teammate Larrisa Carter finishing with 14 points.
SERIES HISTORY: UMES will look to break an eight-game losing streak against Hampton, trailing 32-6 in the overall series. The Lady Hawks have not defeated the Lady Pirates since 2006. Wednesday will be the only regular season meeting between the two schools. Last time out, Hampton won a defensive battle with UMES 47-29. Shanyce Stewart had a then career-high 15 rebounds, while Kwinnyata Mercer led the team with 10 points. HU was led by the 13 points of Melanie Warner, with Keiara Avant contributing 17 rebounds off the bench.
SCOUTING THE LADY PIRATES: Hampton, the reigning MEAC champion, is undefeated in conference play in 11 games, standing with a 20-5 overall record. The Lady Pirates currently have an 11-game winning streak dating back to January 2nd. Senior forward Keiara Avant is the team's leading scorer and rebounder, nearly averaging a double double with 15.8 points and 10 rebounds a contest. Junior guard Nicole Hamilton runs the point for Hampton, getting 10.1 points and 5.4 assists a game.
KARONA LEADS THE WAY: Senior Karona Roach is doing it all for UMES this season. She is averaging 12.6 points per contest this season, leading the team in scoring in 13 out of 22 games and standing tenth in the MEAC in points per game, scoring a combined 50 points in two games against Norfolk State. She also leads the team with 37 steals and 52 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 48 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 39% and is second on the team with 5.5 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 12.6 points a contest after averaging just four last year. Shawnee Sweeney is getting 7.8 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 fifth on the team with 6.4 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 6.5 points a game, adding 5.2 boards per contest. Udoji is second on the team in rebounding at 5.5 boards each game and the MEAC's top shot blocker.
UMES IS TOUGH ON THE BOARDS: The Lady Hawks are outrebounding their competition by one rebound a game, with the difference being almost two-and-a-half boards a contest in MEAC play. The biggest difference in conference play has come on the offensive boards with UMES earning 191 offensive rebounds to the competition's 148. Shanyce Stewart stands in the sixth 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.