LADY HAWKS READY FOR THE 2012 MEAC TOURNAMENT
March 3, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Lady Hawks (11-17, 8-8 MEAC) are set to compete in the MEAC Tournament at the Joel Coliseum after finishing sixth in the conference standings. They will play 11-seed Savannah State (10-19, 3-13 MEAC) in the first round on Monday, March 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Last season as the 7-seed in the MEAC Tournament, UMES defeated 10-seed Delaware State in the first round before falling in a close battle with 2-seed Morgan State to end the season.
Tickets are available through the MEAC by calling 757-951-2055 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com.
LAST TIME OUT: Celebrating the Senior Day for Kwinnyata Mercer, Amber Cook and Adobi Agbasi, UMES came back from down nine late to defeat Savannah State 47-42. The game started back and forth with the two teams being tied at the half 17-17. The scoring picked up in the second period, with the Lady Tigers going on an 8-0 run early for a 29-21 lead with 15:39 to play. Chelsea Sanders had four points in a 6-0 run to pull UMES back within two, but SSU rebuilt the lead to nine 40-31 with 8:03 left. As the Lady Hawks tried to come back, Agbasi earned her fifth block of the game with 4:15 left to become the all-time shot blocker in Lady Hawks history. UMES finished the game on a 16-2 run, capped by five points from Agbasi in the final 22 seconds for the win. Sanders led UMES with 12 points while Agbasi had 11 points, eight boards and five blocks. Ezinne Kalu led SSU with 14 points.
UMES EARNS THE 6-SEED IN THE MEAC TOURNAMENT: With an 8-8 conference record, UMES finishes in sixth place in the conference, improving one spot in the seedings from last year and two spots from the preseason predictions. The Lady Hawks will face 11-seed Savannah State for a second time after defeating them on March 1st, with the winner taking on 3-seed Florida A&M on Thursday.
SCOUTING THE LADY TIGERS: Savannah State will be the 11-seed with a 3-13 conference record in its first year as a full MEAC member, standing 10-19 overall. Sophomore guard Ezinne Kalu in third in the MEAC in scoring with 17.8 points a game plus contributes 2.8 steals per game, adding 82 assists. 6-2 senior forward Alisha Nelson averages 7.2 rebounds a game and stands second in the conference with 62 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 106-128 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.
THE SHOT BLOCK QUEEN: Adobi Agbasi stands at 232 blocks in her career, becoming the all-time shot blocker at UMES with five against Savannah State. This season, Agbasi has 101 blocks, the top shot blocker in the MEAC with 3.7 per game. She passed Kristi Veltkamp, who had 231 blocks from 2004-08.
MERCER IS MONEY: Kwinnyata Mercer had led the Lady Hawks in scoring five of the last six games, scoring in double digits those five games including three road contests. She has combined to score 80 points in her last six games, averaging eight per contest this season plus shooting 32.3% from beyond the arc.
PROTECTING THE PERIMETER: UMES is 24th in Division I and second in the MEAC in three-point shooting defense, with opponents shooting just 26.6% from beyond the arc. The Lady Hawks have allowed four or less three-point baskets in 19 of their 28 games this season, including 12 of their 16 MEAC contests.
CHELSEA LEADING THE WAY: Chelsea Sanders leads UMES with 13.3 points per contest, earning double digit points in 21 out of 28 UMES games this season. She also sports a team high 41 steals and is third on UMES with 5.6 rebounds a game. Sanders has scored 20+ points in seven games this year.