UMES LOOKS TO DETHRONE MONARCHS OF OLD DOMINION
Nov. 20, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Before the Thanksgiving holiday, UMES will host Old Dominion for a Tuesday game at 6 p.m. at the Hytche Athletic Center. Attendance for all is free to today's game.
UMES comes in at 1-1 after a home victory over Elizabeth City State. Old Dominion is 3-0 and will play its second road contest this season.
LAST TIME OUT: With some late-game heroics from Karona Roach on a three-pointer with 24 seconds left for the lead, UMES pulled ahead of Fred Batchelor's former team Elizabeth City State to win 66-62 in the home opener and earn its first victory of the season to go to 1-1. The Lady Hawks trailed most of the second half, but Roach's three and a couple of late free throws by Jessica Long gave UMES the win. Roach finished with career-highs in points with 17 and steals with six, adding three assists. Shawnee Sweeney also had a career-high in scoring, going 5-11 from the field to earn 13 points, while Long concluded with 10 points for her second straight double digit point night.
SERIES HISTORY: UMES and Old Dominion will play for the second time ever on Tuesday, first meeting last season in Norfolk. Last year, the Lady Hawks withstood a late comeback attempt to win 63-59, led by Chelsea Sanders's 22 points and 19 from Adobi Agbasi. This is the second of three games UMES will play against Colonial Athletic Assocation teams, where Old Dominion will play its first of three games against MEAC opponents.
SCOUTING THE LADY MONARCHS: Old Dominion is off to a 3-0 start, including wins over Virginia Tech and VCU, after being picked to finish fifth in the CAA in the preseason poll. Senior guard Jackie Cook leads the team in scoring with 17.7 points a game, earning double digit points in each of her first three contests. Preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention Ashley Betz-White is averaging eight points anbd 2.7 assists a game.
UDOJI HONORED AS MEAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Alexis Udoji earned MEAC Rookie of the Week this past period, giving UMES its first weekly conference honor of the season. The freshman center led UMES in blocks against George Mason and Elizabeth City State to combine for six, finishing the week with a near double double of 11 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's game. Udoji is 5-9 from the field to start the year, the top percentage on the team.
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.
LONG IS HITTING SHOTS: Jessica Long, who averaged just over two points a game last season, is leading the Lady Hawks in scoring with 11 points a game, earning double digits in each contest this year. She has gone 7-18 from the field, including 3-6 from three-point range and 5-7 from the free throw line to total 22 points on the season.
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.