TAMPA-BOUND: UMES LOOKS TO TAME BULLS OF SOUTH FLORIDA ON SATURDAY
Dec. 15, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Lady Hawks will fly to Florida for their fourth straight road game, taking on the Bulls of South Florida for a 2:00 p.m. game on Saturday. This is the first-ever meeting of the programs as UMES looks to snap a three-game losing streak.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES fell in their third straight road contest with a defeat against Towson 58-45 on Tuesday. Each defense stood strong in the first half with a tie score at 12 after 11 minutes of play. Later, the Lady Hawks got to within one at 18-17, but a 17-0 going into the second half by Towson gave the Tigers a 35-17 advantage, leading 53-32 at the 9:00 mark. UMES's freshmen took over, not allowing a Towson basket the rest of the half. Jessica Long ran the floor to finish with 11 points and five steals, with Porsha Barr and Shawnee Sweeney getting nine points each. UMES managed to cut the deficit to 13 by the end of the contest.
SERIES HISTORY: UMES and South Florida will play for the first time in their history on Saturday. The Lady Hawks played a Big East team last season, falling to Syracuse 73-50 in the Carrier Dome. The last time UMES played a non-conference game in Florida was 1986 when the Lady Hawks fell to Miami and Florida International. The Bulls are 1-0 against MEAC teams this year, defeating Bethune-Cookman on November 17th at home 72-36.
SCOUTING THE BULLS: South Florida stands at 6-5 during the non-conference season, so far not having a game in Big East play. The Bulls fell in a road contest Auburn on Wednesday 62-45. USF, which is 3-0 at home, is led by senior guard Jasmine Wynne, who leads the team with 14.3 points and 5.8 rebounds a game, adding 36 steals. The team sports three transfers from Gulf Coast Community College, including 6-4 junior center Caitlin Rowe, averaging 8.2 points and five rebounds per contest.
COACH BATCHELOR APPROACHING 100TH UMES WIN: With the Lady Hawks winning two games so far this season, coach Fred Batchelor is just three wins away from reaching his 100th win with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, currently standing at 97-114 in his eight seasons. This will make Coach Batchelor the first in UMES women's basketball history to reach that milestone.
NO-SCORE ZONE: UMES is allowing just 54.6 points per game , standing in the top-50 in the country and second in the MEAC after last weekend's games. Three UMES opponents, Canisius, American and Delaware State, all scored less than 43 points.
SANDERS LEADING THE TEAM: Redshirt junior forward Chelsea Sanders has led the Lady Hawks in scoring five of her eight games to start the season, earning double figures in the first six UMES contests. So far, Sanders has totaled 99 points, averaging 12.4 points a contest. Against UMBC last Tuesday, Sanders shot 7-11 to match a career high 22 points.
AGBASI APPROACHING 150 CAREER BLOCKS: With three blocks against Penn State, Adobi Agbasi is just six blocks away from reaching the 150-mark in her career. This season Agbasi has 13 blocks, averaging a Division I 48th-ranked 2.2 per game. The senior center has gotten at least a block in six of her seven games she has played.
STEWART CLEANS UP THE GLASS: In her first eight games, Shanyce Stewart has tallied double-digit rebounds four times. Currently she leads the team with 7.5 rebounds a game, standing seventh in the MEAC in that category.