LADY HAWKS REMATCH AGAINST MORGAN STATE IN BALTIMORE
March 1, 2013
BALTIMORE - UMES begins a three-game road trip on Saturday, heading across the Bay Bridge to take on Morgan State at the Hill Field House in Baltimore at 2 p.m.
The Lady Hawks enter the game at 7-17 and 3-10 in MEAC play. Morgan State is 9-17 this season and 6-7 in the conference.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite nearly coming back from down double digits, the Lady Hawks were defeated despite their best defensive performance of the season, falling to Howard 40-35 on Senior Day at the Hytche. The previous lowest score by an opponent this season was UMBC's 45 scored on December 21st in a UMES victory. Sha-Kiyla Finney led UMES in scoring in her final home game as a Lady Hawk, scoring 11 points, including going 6-6 from the free throw line. Fellow senior Karona Roach was second with nine points, adding seven rebounds. For Howard, Cheyenne Curley-Payne led the Lady Bison with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. UMES held Saadia Doyle to just seven points off 2-14 shooting.
SERIES HISTORY: The Lady Hawks have won the last three meetings with in-state rival Morgan State and lead the overall series 39-30. This will be the second meeting between the two this season. UMES took the win in the first contest, coming back from down 11 to win on Homecoming 54-50. Ashleigh Claybrooks had a dominant night off the bench for UMES, leading the team with 14 points and eight rebounds. For Morgan State, Chyress Lockhart got a near double double with 16 points and nine rebounds.
SCOUTING THE LADY BEARS: Morgan State will play its first game since February 18th when it takes the floor on Saturday, entering the game at 9-17 overall and 6-7 in conference play. Senior Bianca Jarrett is one of the top scorers in the MEAC, averaging 17.1 points and 5.6 rebounds a game, each the best mark on the team. Second on Morgan State in each category is junior guard Tracey Carrington, who gets 10.7 points and 5.5 boards 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 14 out of 24 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 56 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 54 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 5.3 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 12.5 points a contest after averaging just four last year. Shawnee Sweeney is getting 7.6 points a game, almost 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 7.5 points a contest.
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 6.8 points a game, adding 5.2 boards per contest. Udoji is second on the team in rebounding at 5.3 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 two boards a contest in MEAC play. The biggest difference in conference play has come on the offensive boards with UMES earning 212 offensive rebounds to the competition's 176. 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 5.8 rebounds per contest, including 10 in a road game against Norfolk State.