UMES OPENS UP MEAC PLAY WITH HOME CONTEST AGAINST DELAWARE STATE
Dec. 2, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore women’s basketball team opens up its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule with a bout against Delaware State University this Saturday at 2 p.m. The contest will be the only home match of the month of December, where following the game, the women will hit the road for a nine-game road trip that will extend into the third week of January.
• LAST TIME OUT: The UMES women’s basketball team posted its first win of the 2011-12 season with a 39-37 overtime victory at American University. The UMES defense registered 12 steals, forced 22 turnovers and held the Eagles to a 15-for-58 performance from the field. The offense was led by senior guard Kwinnyata Mercer, who had a game-high 13 points and nine rebounds. Mercer came up big for UMES time after time in the contest, including a made three-pointer late in regulation that tied the score and sent the game into overtime.
• SERIES HISTORY: This will be the 79th meeting between the two programs, with Delaware St. holding a 46-32 advantage in the series. The contests between the Hawks and Hornets date back to the 1978-79 season and UMES holds a 23-15 record overall record at home against DSU. The women have won six out of the past seven matchups against the Hornets, including the past two. It has been UMES that has bounced DSU from the MEAC Tournament in each of the past two seasons, as the Hawks defeated the Hornets, 52-44, in the first round at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C., last season.
• COACH BATCHELOR APPROACHING 100TH WIN: Coach Fred Batchelor, who is now in his eighth season for UMES, is only four wins away from reaching his 100th win. This will make Coach Batchelor the first in UMES Women's basketball history to reach 100 wins.
• SANDERS LEADING THE TEAM: Redshirt junior forward Chelsea Sanders has led the Hawks in scoring in three of their first four games. Sanders has already produced three double-doubles this year and leads UMES in eight statistical categories. She leads UMES in points (54), points per game (13.5) and field-goal made per game (4.5.) Her point output ranks 13th in the MEAC. The junior has already attempted 25 free-throw shots for UMES and is among the team leaders with a 68 percent effort from the charity stripe.
• AGBASI APPROACHING 150 CAREER BLOCKS: Senior forward Adobi Agbasi has been a staple on the boards for UMES throughout her career. Agbasi averaged 1.9 blocks last season, good for a ranking of 51st in the nation. In each of the past two years, Agbasi has led the MEAC in blocks and has totaled seven already this year. The senior has 129 blocks across her career and ranks No. 2 in program history, behind only Kristi Veltkamp (230 blocks). Agabsi was inactive with an injury in UMES’ last contest, but will return to the lineup for this weekend’s matchup.
• DEFENSE! DEFENSE! DEFENSE!: The UMES defense currently ranks second in the MEAC in scoring defense as the Hawks are allowing 51 points per game. Agbasi stands second in the MEAC with seven blocks while sophomore forward Shanyce Stewart and Sanders rank ninth and 12th in rebounds per game, respectively. In UMES’ last contest, the Hawks allowed 37 points, which proved to be the lowest opponent output in the team’s past 16 games.