LADY HAWKS FACE HOWARD FOR SENIOR DAY
Feb. 23, 2013
This is the final home game of the 2012-13 season. Tickets are just $10 for the doubleheader and are good for the men's game following the women's contest. All UMES students get in free with a school ID.
UMES comes in at 7-16 this season and 3-9 in the MEAC. Howard enters Monday at 16-10 this season and 10-4 in conference play.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES was not able to recover from a 23-0 Hampton run to start the game as the Lady Hawks fell 78-41 to the Lady Pirates on Wednesday. The Lady Hawks managed a 10-4 run towards the middle of the first half, but the team was not able to overcome the deficit due to the Hampton pressure. Karona Roach earned her 15th double digit scoring game, leading the team with 14 points. Shawnee Sweeney nearly had a double double with 10 points and seven rebounds. For Hampton, Keiara Avant concluded with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and seven steals, while Nicole Hamilton got 16 points, six assists, a pair of blocks and five boards.
SERIES HISTORY: UMES trails in the overall series to Howard 56-14, including falling in the last three meetings, looking for its first victory over the Lady Bison since 2009. This will be the second regular season meeting this year between the schools. Last time, UMES was defeated 59-30 in Washington D.C. Jameelah Pickard led the Lady Hawks with six points and three rebounds off the bench. Cheyenne Curley-Payne concluded the game with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
SCOUTING THE LADY BISON: Howard comes into the game at 10-4 in the MEAC and 16-10 overall having lost its last game to Coppin State, snapping a four-game winning streak on Saturday. Preseason MEAC Player of the Year Saadia Doyle is now the conference's all-time leading scorer, averaging 21 points and 8.7 rebounds a game. Teammate Cheyenne Curley-Payne, a senior guard, gets 8.8 points and 6.2 assists per contest.
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 14 out of 23 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 38 steals and 55 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 51 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 38% 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 or nearly tripled their average offensive output from last season. UMES's leading scorer Karona Roach is scoring 12.7 points a contest after averaging just four last year. Shawnee Sweeney is getting 7.9 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 7.3 points a contest. Primary point guard Jessica Long is fifth on the team with 6.1 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 6.7 points a game, adding 5.1 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 over two boards a contest in MEAC play. The biggest difference in conference play has come on the offensive boards with UMES earning 200 offensive rebounds to the competition's 163. Shanyce Stewart stands in the top ten in rebounding in the MEAC with 7.9 rebounds per game. In MEAC play, Ashleigh Claybrooks is averaging 5.7 rebounds per contest, including 10 in a road game against Norfolk State.