LADY HAWKS OPEN MEAC TOURNAMENT AGAINST DELAWARE STATE TUESDAY
March 8, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team (11-15, 8-8 MEAC) enters to the MEAC tournament as the seventh seed, having won three of its last four games. UMES meets 10th-seeded Delaware State in an opening-round game at the Joel Coliseum Tuesday at 11 a.m. The Lady Hawks are 11-26 (.297) all-time in the MEAC tournament since it began in the 1978-79 season and 4-3 in tournament play against DSU. If UMES gets by the Lady Hornets. UMES would face No. 2 Hampton in the quarterfinals. The Lady Pirates hold a 3-0 lead in tournament games between the two schools.
LAST TIME OUT: Amber Cook and April McBride each scored 14 points as UMES held off Delaware State, 58-55, in the regular- season finale March 4. UMES held DSU scoreless for a six-minute stretch in the second half. The Hornets did not convert on five straight shots and committed six turnovers as the Lady Hawks secured the win, hitting 6-of-7 from the free-throw line in the final minutes to secure the win.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS: Delaware State comes into the MEAC tournament with a 6-23 (4-12 MEAC) record. The Hornets have lost four of their last five games. DSU has struggled on offense, averaging a league-low 48.4 points per game and has shot just 31.4 percent from the field, also a MEAC low. DSU has been solid defensively, surrendering just 57.1 points per game, which ranks second in the MEAC. Selena Galloway is the team's leading scorer at 9.3 points per game. Brittany Washington has led the way on the glass, pulling down 7.7 rebounds per night, while Courtney Crockett has dished out a team-high 49 assists.
SCOUTING THE PIRATES: Hampton earned the second seed and an opening-round bye with a 17-11 (12-4) record. HU leads the conference in scoring defens, scoring margin (plus-7.8), 3-point percentage defense (27) and turnover margin (plus-6.68) under interim head coach David Six. Quaneisha Perry was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Perry leads the team in scoring (12.5 points per game, while Brenna Jones is its top rebounder at 9.0 per game.
DSU-UMES ALL-TIME SERIES: The Lady Hornets and Lady Hawks will meet for the 72nd time all-time in the sport of women's basketball Tuesday. Delaware State holds a 42-29 advantage in the series and split a pair of contests a season ago. DSU topped UMES, 59-57, in the MEAC opener for both teams on Jan. 6 while the Lady Hawks returned the favor with a 55-52 victory on March 5 at the Hytche Center. UMES won the first two games in 2009-10, most recently topping DSU, 58-55, March 4 in Dover. Head coach Fred Batchelor is 6-7 against DSU in his time in Princess Anne, with five victories coming at home.
HAMPTON-UMES ALL-TIME SERIES: If Hampton and UMES meet on Wednesday, it would be the 36th game between the two in women's basketball. HU holds a 29-6 advantage in the series, having won the last five contests. UMES' last victory over the Lady Pirates came Feb. 4, 2006, at the Hytche Center by a score of 69-61. Hampton took the first game this season in Princess Anne, 64-48, on Feb. 1.
MCBRIDE NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-MEAC: April McBride was named to the All-MEAC First Team for the third consecutive season, the league announced March 4. McBride has led the Lady Hawks in 12 statistical categories this season and is in the top-15 in eight in the MEAC. "It's great for April to recognized by the league as an all-conference performer again," said head coach Fred Batchelor. "She's been a special player for us at UMES."
MCBRIDE REACHES 1,500-POINT PLATEAU: With her layup with 18:07 to play in the first half Saturday (Feb. 6), senior April McBride tallied her 1,500th career point at Norfolk State to make the score 7-0. The New Rochelle, N.Y., native now has 1,679 which is second all-time to 1999 UMES Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Monica Felder (`89) who finished her four years at the school with 2,008 points. McBride's 34 points against Coppin State on Feb 22 are the most scored by a MEAC player in a single game this season.
UMES CONTROLLING THE BOARDS: UMES is third in the MEAC in rebounding margin, outrebounding the opposition by 1.8 boards per game. The Lady Hawks trail only North Carolina A&T and Howard in that category in the MEAC. UMES is 9-5 this season when holding a rebounding edge.
UMES SWEEPS COPPIN FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996-97: With the Lady Hawks' Homecoming win Feb. 22 over Coppin State (76-56), UMES completed a two-game, regular-season sweep of CSU for the first time since the 1996-97 season. That year, UMES won, 62-57, at the Coppin Center and, 67-49, at Tawes Gymnasium.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: As of March 8, senior April McBride was leading all MEAC seniors in rebounding. McBride is averaging 8.5 rebounds per game which is good for fourth overall in the conference. She is averaging 3.4 offensive rebounds per game which is fifth best in the league and is also fifth in the MEAC in defensive rebounding (5.1 per game).
MCBRIDE AMONG MEAC LEADERS: April McBride is third in scoring average with 17.9 points per game. McBride is eighth in field-goal percentage at 47 percent as well as 14th in free-throw percentage at 73.3 percent. She is also 11th in blocks per game (0.7). Finally, McBride is seventh in the MEAC in steals at 1.9 per game.
THIRTIETH CAREER 20-POINT GAME: In scoring 22 points against Howard on Feb. 27, April McBride registered the 30th 20-or-more-point scoring effort of her career at UMES. Last season, she recorded 10 20-point games. During her sophomore campaign, she notched eight 20-point games and in her first year at UMES, she had one 20-point effort.
AGBASI'S BLOCK PARTY: Sophomore Adobi Agbasi leads UMES with 32 blocked shots in just 21 games played this season. The Columbus Ga., product missed the first five games of the season with a shoulder injury, but since returning to the lineup, she has posted three of the top six single-game blocks records in the MEAC this season. Agbasi earned her first career start at Norfolk State on Feb. 6 and responded with a season-high five swats in 29 minutes. The five blocks are the top single-game mark in the conference to date. She leads the league in blocks per game at 1.5. UMES leads the conference as a team (3.5).
PROTECTING THE HYTCHE CENTER: The Lady Hawks have managed a winning record at home the last seven years. Overall, UMES is 50-36 at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center since the 2002 campaign. For comparison, the Hawks are 39-50 on the road since the 2002 season. In 2007, the Lady Hawks had nine wins at home. Since Fred Batchelor's arrival on campus, the Lady Hawks 38-26 at home. The Hawks won their final two games last season at home.
MORTON: 248 AND COUNTING: Casey Morton tied a career-high with seven assists for the second time this season against N.C. Central on Jan. 27. She ranks 10th in the conference, averaging 2.8 dimes per game and has 73 total this season. Morton has recorded at least five helpers in four of the last 10 games and has 248 career assists.
UMES AFTER A LOSS SINCE 2002-03 SEASON: With the Lady Hawks' win against Norfolk State Saturday, they improved to 41-66 (.383) following a loss since the 2002-03 season. UMES is 6-5 after a loss this season. The best record the team posted in that span was in 2005-06 when it was 7-5.
THREE IN A ROW?: The Lady Hawks are hoping for their third straight winning season under head man Fred Batchelor. UMES finished 15-14 last season and went 17-13 the year prior. Since 1983-84, the Lady Hawks have never had three straight winning seasons.
MCBRIDE NAMED TO MEAC PRESEASON FIRST TEAM: Senior April McBride was named to the Preseason MEAC First Team, as voted upon by conference head coaches and sports information directors. McBride has led the Lady Hawks in scoring and rebounding in each of her three seasons at UMES. McBride was named First Team All-MEAC following her sophomore and junior seasons.
HAWKS PICKED SECOND IN MEAC: Conference head coaches and SIDs voted UMES second in the preseason behind predicted league- champion North Carolina A&T. The jump is a dramatic one for the Hawks, who were predicted to finish sixth in the MEAC last season. In 2007, the Hawks were picked to finish seventh in the league.
DOWNTOWN DIFFICULTIES: The Lady Hawks are having trouble connecting from 3-point range through 26 games. UMES is shooting just 26.1 percent (107-for-410) from beyond the arc, which is ninth in the conference. The statistic is especially troubling considering that UMES is taking 27.9 percent of its shots from 3-point range. UMES hit 2-of-9 from beyond the arc versus Iona and just 1-of-8 against Delaware State. The Lady Hawks followed that up with a 3-of-18 showing against Mississippi Valley State and were 1-of-11 versus Georgia State.UMES attempted a season-high 40 3-pointers at UMBC (9-for-40).
MCBRIDE NAMED MEAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: April McBride was named MEAC Player of the Week Monday for the period ending Feb. 22. McBride averaged 30.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game leading the Lady Hawks to a 1-2 week. She shot 54 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the 3-point range with a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds against Bethune-Cookman consecutive 30-point efforts against Florida A&M and Coppin State.
UMES AFTER A LOSS SINCE 2002-03 SEASON: With the Lady Hawks' win against Delaware State Thursday, they improved to 43-68 (.387) following a loss since the 2002-03 season. UMES is 8-7 after a loss this season. The best record the team posted in that span was in 2005-06 when it was 7-5.
MCBRIDE: CENTURY WOMAN: Senior April McBride played her 100th career game at Bethune-Cookman on Jan. 18. As one of only two seniors on this year's squad McBride will be the only UMES player achieve the feat in 2009-10. Junior Casey Morton should reach the milestone next season, having played 84 career games.
MAGIC MAN RETURNS AS COACH: After graduating from UMES in 2008, Richard "Magic" Ashley returns as a graduate assistant coach for the Lady Hawks in 2009-10. He previously worked for the team from 2006-08 as the student assistant and the assistant strength and conditioning coach. Following graduation, he was the top assistant coach for the William Penn High School boy's varsity squad, helping guide the team to a state title.
SENIOR MCBRIDE RETURNS TO ANCHOR HAWKS: Senior April McBride is one of the top returnees in the MEAC. She paced the 2008-09 Hawks in scoring (16.2) and rebouning (8.6). McBride ranked fifth in the MEAC in scoring and third in rebounding. She also finished eighth in the conference in field-goal percentage (42.9), third in free-throw percentage (79.1), tied for 12th in the league in steals (1.6) and fifth in blocks (1.2). McBride scored in double figures in 22 of the 25 games she played in. McBride led the Hawks in scoring in 17 games last season. She poured in a career-best 29 points against Morgan State on Jan. 31.
Casey Morton IS BACK: Every star needs a compliment and thats exactly what Casey Morton provides for McBride. Morton was the second leading scorer last season, averaging 11.0 points per game. Morton appeared in all 29 games and was in the starting lineup for 28 of the contests. Morton connected on 38 3-pointers, second most on the team behind Tiffany Reid (42). Morton proved to be an excellent fascilitator, leading the Hawks with 90 assists. She also led the team in steals with 47 last season. Two years ago, during his freshman campaign, she was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year.
FORTY-FIVE GAMES IN TWO YEARS IN DOUBLE DIGITS: Senior April McBride scored in double figures in 45 games over the last two seasons. She has scored in double figures in 87 games in her three-plus years at UMES. Casey Morton is second in career double-figure games with 46.Morton tallied a season-high 16 points in UMES first win of the season against Delaware State.
REBOUNDING PROWESS FROM THE GUARD SPOT: Casey Morton proved last season that she is one of the best rebounding guards in the MEAC. At 5-foot-9, Morton ranked second on the Hawks last season, averaging 3.9 boards per game. She totaled 113 rebounds. During the 2007-08 campaign, Morton totaled 107 rebounds (3.7). In the season-opening loss at UMBC, Morton pulled a season-best six boards against Delaware State.
BOMBS AWAY FROM BEYOND THE ARC: UMES attempted 602 3-pointers last season. For comparison, the Hawks' opponents attempted just 307 long balls. It is interesting to note that Tiffany Reid (141) and Josephine McLane (138), who are not on the 2009-10 roster, attempted the most from beyond the arc. Casey Morton was third in attempts with 124. The Hawks' opponents (.308) had a better 3-point percentage than UMES (.284). In the season-opening loss at UMBC, the Lady Hawks fired 40 3-pointers in 40 minutes, connecting on nine (22.5 percent).
LADY HAWKS HURT ON BOARDS: UMES was badly outrebounded against UMBC, allowing the Retrievers to pull in 54 boards while totaling only 38. April McBride pulled down a team-high eight boards. It was the first time the Lady Hawks had been outrebounded by 10 or more since February of last season, when Florida A&M won the battle on the glass, 45-34.
UMES AFTER A WIN SINCE 2002-03 SEASON: The Lady Hawks come into action with a record of 59-33 (.641) following a win since the 2002-03 season. UMES is 3-6 after a win this season. The best record the team posted in that span was in 2007-08 when it was 12-4.