UMES HEADS BACK TO BALTIMORE TO FACE COPPIN STATE
March 3, 2013
BALTIMORE - The Lady Hawks look to end their four-game losing streak in Baltimore on Monday night at 5:30 p.m., taking on Coppin State at the P.E. Complex.
Tickets for the game are 10 dollars for adults and five dollars for college students with an ID, high school students with a school ID and children 12-and-under. Tickets are available on game day or in advance at the Coppin State ticket office.
UMES enters the game at 7-18 this season and 3-11 in the MEAC while Coppin State is 12-15 this season and 8-6 in the conference.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES had a rough first half against Morgan State, being outscored 32-8, and was not able to recover and fell to the Lady Bears 65-28 in Baltimore on Saturday night. Morgan State had a 23-0 run from the first half into the start of the second period to take a large lead, and despite a better second half by UMES, the Lady Hawks could not bridge the gap. Shawnee Sweeney led the team with seven points off 3-6 shooting, while Taryana Kelly earned a career high nine rebounds to add with four points. For Morgan State, Biance Jarrett led the team with 27 points, going 6-11 from the three-point line. Chyress Lockhart got eight points and four rebounds.
SERIES HISTORY: UMES has fallen to Coppin State in the last five meetings between the team as the Eagles lead the overall series 32-23. This is the second and final regular season meeting between the two schools. At the Hytche Athletic Center on February 18th this season, UMES was defeated by Coppin State 55-50 after the Eagles finished the game on a 14-2 run. Alexis Udoji had a near double double for the Lady Hawks with nine points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Coppin State was led by Leola Spotwood, who had 18 points.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Coppin State will play its first game since February 23rd and has won its last three contests, coming off a 71-64 road win over Howard, standing at 12-15 overall and 8-6 in conference play. Currently the Eagles are in fifth place in the MEAC. Two players average double digit scoring for the team: senior forward Leola Spotwood averages 13.1 points and 7.6 rebounds a game, both team highs, while junior forward Kyra Coleman gets 11.1 points per game.
KARONA LEADS THE WAY: Senior Karona Roach is doing it all for UMES this season. She is averaging 12.2 points per contest this season, leading the team in scoring in 14 out of 25 games and standing 13th in the MEAC in points per game, scoring a combined 50 points in two games against Norfolk State. She also leads the team with 39 steals, 88 free throws and 56 assists. Roach stands in the top-15 in the conference in scoring, free throw percentage and three-point shooting percentage.
UDOJI - MEAC'S TOP SHOT BLOCKER: Alexis Udoji currently leads the MEAC with 56 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 37% 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: Three UMES guards have at least or nearly tripled their average offensive output from last season. UMES's leading scorer Karona Roach is scoring 12.2 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 7.4 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 6.7 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 over 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 233 offensive rebounds to the competition's 187. Shanyce Stewart stands in the top ten in rebounding in the MEAC with 7.7 rebounds per game. In MEAC play, Ashleigh Claybrooks is averaging 5.8 rebounds per contest, including 10 in a road game against Norfolk State.