UMES STARTS MEAC PLAY WITH A MATCHUP AGAINST RIVAL DELAWARE STATE
Nov. 30, 2012
DOVER, Del. -- The Lady Hawks will begin conference play this weekend, heading up Route 13 to Dover to take on Delaware State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
UMES and Delaware State will each play its first conference game on Saturday. The Lady Hawks come in at 1-2, while DSU is 1-3 this season.
LAST TIME OUT: Before the Thanksgiving break, UMES fell in a Tuesday matchup against Old Dominion 62-46 despite a strong defensive effort in the early part of the game. UMES led 16-13 with just over 5:30 left in the first half, but the Lady Monarchs used a couple of runs to lead for the rest of the game. For the second consecutive game, Karona Roach led the Lady Hawks in scoring with 14 points, adding a squad-high eight rebounds. Sha-Kiyla Finney had a career-high 12 points off 4-11 shooting. For ODU, Jackie Cook led all players with 22 points, including 18 in the second half, while Shae Kelley had a double double with 12 points and 10 boards.
SERIES HISTORY: In the Route 13 rivalry, Delaware State has the edge in the overall series against UMES 46-34, including a 22-12 mark at home. The Lady Hawks have won the last three contests against DSU, with their last win coming in Dover. Led by 21 points from Amber Cook and 20 from Chelsea Sanders, UMES used a strong second half to defeat Delaware State 69-56 in Memorial Hall on January 14th, 2012.
SCOUTING THE LADY HORNETS: Delaware State is under new leadership for the 2012-13 season with Tamika Louis taking over as head coach for her first season. Her team is coming off a home win over Wilmington after falling in its first three contests. Preseason All-MEAC First Team selection Tierra Hawkins, a redshirt sophomore guard, leads the team with 20.8 points and 8.5 rebounds a game, shooting 45% from the field. Junior guard Deanna Harmon is getting 11.5 points a contest, adding 14 steals and 23 rebounds this season.
UDOJI HONORED AS MEAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Alexis Udoji earned MEAC Rookie of the Week for the period ending 11/18, 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.
ROACH LEADING THE WAY: Coming into the 2012-13 season averaging just 2.5 points a game in her career, Karona Roach has led UMES in the last two games in scoring, totaling 31 points after shooting 36.4% from the floor, including 3-8 from three, in those contests. She is averaging a team-high 11.3 points per game.
SHANYCE AMONG MEAC REBOUNDING LEADERS: Totaling 24 rebounds this season to average eight per contest, Shanyce Stewart stands tenth in the MEAC in rebounds per game. She has earned no less than seven rebounds in each game, earning a high of nine against George Mason, and has 10 offensive rebounds with her 14 defensive rebounds this year.
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.