LADY HAWKS TAKE ON FLORIDA A&M FOR REMATCH IN THE MEAC TOURNAMENT
March 7, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The 6-seed Lady Hawks (12-17, 8-8 MEAC) will take on 3-seed Florida A&M (21-7, 14-2 MEAC) in the MEAC quarterfinal round on Thursday, March 8th at noon at the Joel Coliseum.
UMES is looking for its first berth in the semifinals since 2009. That season, led by Casey Morton and April McBride, the Lady Hawks defeated Morgan State 70-59 to reach the semis, falling to North Carolina A&T 74-56 the next game. Amber Cook and Adobi Agbasi each played on that team.
On January 21st, UMES fell to Florida A&M in the Hytche Athletic Center 54-49 in the only regular season meeting between the two.
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LAST TIME OUT: In the first round of the MEAC Tournament, 6-seed UMES put together its strongest defensive performance of the season and best-ever in conference championship history, defeating 11-seed Savannah State 51-28 at the Joel Coliseum. UMES's defense held Savannah State to just one field goal in the 15:57 of the game, but a late Lady Tigers run brought SSU to within seven at the half 23-16. UMES opened the second half with a 8-0 run to take a 15-point lead, not allowing their opponent to get within single digits again. Mercer finished with 17 points off 5-8 three-point shooting while Sanders scored nine points with eight boards. Adobi Agbasi got a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, adding four blocks. The UMES defense held SSU to 8-55 shooting (14.5%) and 3-30 (10%) in the second half. Ezinne Kalu led the Lady Tigers with 12 points and eight rebounds.
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 have defeated 11-seed Savannah State and have advanced to take on 3-seed Florida A&M, a team they fell to 54-49 on January 21st this season.
SCOUTING THE LADY RATTLERS: Florida A&M got the 3-seed and a first round bye in the MEAC Tournament after finishing with a 14-2 MEAC record and a 21-7 overall standing. MEAC Coach of the Year LeDawn Gibson brings in Florida A&M with the conference Player of the Year Antonia Bennett, averaging 18.1 points and 9.6 rebounds a game, and the MEAC's Defensive Player of the Year Qiana Donald, who sports 11.2 points and 8.9 boards a contest.
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 236 blocks in her career, becoming the all-time shot blocker at UMES with five against Savannah St on 3/1. This season, Agbasi has 105 blocks, the top shot blocker in the MEAC and fourth in D-I with 3.8 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 six of the last seven games, scoring in double digits those six games including four contests away from home. She has combined to score 97 points in her last seven games, averaging 8.3 per contest this season plus shooting 33.7% for three
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 13.1 points per contest, earning double digit points in 21 out of 29 UMES games this season. She also sports a team high 42 steals and is third on UMES with 5.7 rebounds a game. Sanders has scored 20+ points in seven games this year.