ADOBI AGBASI SEEKS TO BE ALL-TIME UMES BLOCKS LEADER ON SENIOR DAY
Feb. 29, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES will honor its stellar senior class of Adobi Agbasi, Amber Cook and Kwinnyata Mercer on the final home game of the season against Savannah State on March 1st at 5:30 p.m. at the Hytche.
The three seniors have made their mark on the Lady Hawks this season. Combined they make up three of the top four scorers for UMES. Agbasi is the MEAC's leading shot blocker and second highest rebounder on the team. Cook is the team's leading assistant and one's of the squad's top rebounders. Mercer averages 8.1 points a game, second on the team, and is the team's top three-point threat.
In addition, Agbasi is just five blocks away from being the lone all-time leader in blocks at UMES, standing at 227, four away from Kristi Veltkamp's 231.
Tickets are just $10 for the doubleheader, including the men's game following the women's contests. Full-time registered students and faculty get free admission with ID.
With a win, the lowest seed the Lady Hawks can get in the MEAC Tournament is a 7-seed, with the possibility of getting a 6-seed.
LAST TIME OUT: The Lady Hawks nearly became the first team in the MEAC outside the top-four to defeat a top-four conference squad, but UMES fell just short against Coppin State, falling 48-47 despite holding a lead in the final 20 seconds. An early 8-0 run gave UMES a six point lead, and after Coppin tied the game, a late jumper by Kwinnyata Mercer gave UMES a two-point advantage at the half. Coppin built a six point lead with some threes, when Karona Roach countered with a personal 8-0 run, giving UMES a 47-44 lead with 4:05 left. Each defense played strong, but four points late by Ashle Craig gave Coppin State the victory. Mercer and Chelsea Sanders each scored 14 points, with Roach getting 11 points. Crystal Whittington led the Lady Eagles with nine points and eight boards.
SERIES HISTORY: The two schools have split the series with each winning two games, UMES taking the first two and Savannah State winning each game last season. This will be the first game played with each being full MEAC members, as Savannah State became a full conference member this season after being a provisional one last year. Last time out at the Hytche, Savannah State won 62-52. Ezinne Kalu scored 27 points for the Lady Tigers, while UMES's Casey Morton had 15.
SCOUTING THE LADY TIGERS: Savannah State stands at 10-18 overall with a 3-12 conference record, currently in a three-way tie for 10th place in the conference with Morgan State and Delaware State. Sophomore guard Ezinne Kalu in third in the MEAC in scoring with 18 points a game and second with 2.9 steals per game, adding 80 assists. 6-2 senior forward Alisha Nelson averages 7.2 rebounds a game and stands with 61 blocks.
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 105-128 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.
FIVE BLOCKS TO BE THE BEST: Adobi Agbasi stands at 227 blocks in her career, just five blocks away from being the best ever at UMES. This season, Agbasi has 89 blocks, the top shot blocker in the MEAC with 3.6 per game. She stands second all-time in blocks at UMES behind Kristi Veltkamp, who had 231 blocks from 2004-08.
MERCER IS MONEY: Kwinnyata Mercer had led the Lady Hawks in scoring the last five games, scoring in double digits each time including three road contests. She has combined to score 75 points in her last five games, averaging 8.1 per contest this season plus shooting 33.3% from beyond the arc.
PROTECTING THE PERIMETER: UMES is 23rd in Division I and second in the MEAC in three-point shooting defense, with opponents shooting just 26.7% from beyond the arc. The Lady Hawks have allowed four or less three-point baskets in 18 of their 27 games this season, including 11 of their 15 MEAC contests.
CHELSEA LEADING THE WAY: Chelsea Sanders leads UMES with 13.3 points per contest, earning double digit points in 20 out of 27 UMES games this season. She also sports a team high 40 steals and is third on UMES with 5.6 rebounds a game. Sanders has scored 20+ points in seven games this year.