UMES PLAYS FIRST HOME GAME AGAINST ELIZABETH CITY STATE
Nov. 15, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- UMES will play its first home regular season game on Saturday at 6 p.m. when Elizabeth City State comes to the Hytche Athletic Center. The Lady Hawks come in with a record of 0-1, while Elizabeth City stands at 3-0.
Tickets to the game are just $5. Full-time registered students and faculty get free admission with ID.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite an early strong defensive effort, the Lady Hawks fell in their season opener to George Mason 64-38 in Fairfax. UMES led midway through the first half 13-10 after scoring six points in a row, but runs of 16-0 and 17-0 by Mason sealed the game for the Patriots. Jessica Long led the Lady Hawks with a career-high 12 points, three steals and two assists, while Shanyce Stewart scored five points off the bench with a team-high nine boards. Rahneeka Saunders had a game-high 13 points for the Patriots, while Shavonne Duckett had seven points and nine rebounds.
SERIES HISTORY: UMES played its first-ever game against Elizabeth City State last season on January 2nd, falling to the Lady Vikings 62-55 on the road. Fred Batchelor formerly coached Elizabeth City for two years before taking over at UMES. Last season, the Lady Hawks were 1-1 against CIAA teams, defeating Lincoln at the Hytche Athletic Center.
SCOUTING THE LADY VIKINGS: Elizabeth City State, from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, comes into this contest at 3-0 and will play its first road game of the year against UMES. ECSU is coming off a 102-29 victory against Mid-Atlantic Christian University. Two Lady Vikings were named to the Preseason All-CIAA Team this season: senior point guard Shatara Jackson is averaging 9.3 points and four assists a game, and senior forward Stephanie Harper has 8.3 points and six boards a contest. Junior forward De'Rya Wylie is the team's leading scorer with 11 points a game.
FOLLOW THE FRESHMEN: UMES comes into the season with one of the youngest rosters in the country. The Lady Hawks have nine freshmen on the roster, tying with Maine for the most freshmen on a D-I women's basketball team this season. The UMES freshmen, who hail from six different states, make up over half the roster with nine of the 16 players.
UMES PREDICTED TO FINISH SIXTH IN MEAC: In the preseason predictions, UMES was picked to finish sixth in the MEAC after earning the 6-seed last season. MEAC runner-up Howard earned 15 first-place votes and is predicted to win the conference, while defending MEAC champion Hampton is picked to finished second.
RECAPPING LAST SEASON: With one of the best defenses in Division I, the Lady Hawks finished at 8-8 in conference play, the seventh time in eight seasons that UMES has gone .500 or better in the MEAC, and 12-19 overall. UMES got the 6-seed in the MEAC Tournament, defeating 11-seed Savannah State 51-28 in the best defensive performance ever in the conference tournament. The Lady Hawks almost pulled off the upset in the next round, narrowly falling to 3-seed Florida A&M 50-48. Adobi Agbasi finished as the all-time blocks leader in Lady Hawks history and third in Division I in the 2011-12 season with 3.72 blocks per game, totaling 108. She led a defense that allowed just 53.9 points a game, 20th in D-I, and a D-I 6th-best field goal percentage defense of 33.7%.