LADY HAWKS SEEK FIRST-EVER WIN AGAINST MOUNT ST. MARY'S
Dec. 3, 2012
EMMITSBURG, Md. -- The Lady Hawks will head to the western part of the state to take on the Mount of Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Knott Arena. This is the first of eight straight non-conference games UMES will play until MEAC competition continues.
Tickets for the game are five dollars for adult admission, with youth ages five through 12 allowed to attend for just three dollars and those ages four and under can come in for free.
UMES comes in at 1-3 on the season while Mount St. Mary's enters at 1-4.
LAST TIME OUT: In their MEAC opener on Saturday, the Lady Hawks fell to their Route 13 rival Delaware State 67-52 at Memorial Hall. Despite staying close most of the game, including leading late in the first half, UMES could not contain Tierra Hawkins, who went 12-15 from the field with 28 points and seven rebounds. For the third consecutive game, Karona Roach led UMES in scoring with 14 points, adding a career-best six steals. Jessica Long scored 13 points, while Saisha Coleman and Kiana Sturgis each scored their first baskets of the season.
SERIES HISTORY: After reviving the matchup two seasons ago after having not played for 20 years, UMES is still looking for its first win against the Mount, currently standing 0-8 in the series. UMES will play a Northeast Conference opponent for the first and only time on Wednesday, while MSM is 0-1 against the MEAC with a road loss to Howard. Last season, UMES played its home opener against Mount St. Mary's, falling to the Mount 63-44. Chelsea Sanders led UMES with 13 points and five boards while Shanyce Stewart grabbed 11 rebounds off the bench. Jessie Kaufman led the Mount with 19 points and six rebounds off the bench, while Selina Mann finished with 10 points, seven assists and six steals.
SCOUTING THE MOUNT: Mount St. Mary's currently stands at 1-4 after falling in its last three contests. The team will play its second home game, dropping its first against Campbell 54-48 on November 19th. Redshirt junior guard Sydney Henderson leads the team with 16.2 points and six rebounds a game. At point guard, Second Team All-NEC senior Selina Mann averages 3.6 points, four steals and three assists each contest.
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 three games in scoring, totaling 45 points after shooting 37.1% from the floor, including 4-11 from three and 12 steals, in those contests. She stands 15th in the MEAC in scoring with 12 points a game and second in steals, plus 25th in D-I, with 3.5 per contest.
SHANYCE AMONG MEAC REBOUNDING LEADERS: Totaling 24 rebounds this season in three games to average eight per contest, Shanyce Stewart stands eighth 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.