Karona Roach finished with 31 points, the first 30+ point game for a UMES player in almost three years.

Jan. 12, 2013

Final Stats | Game Highlights

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - After trailing most of the second half, UMES played strongly in overtime and used 14 three-pointers to defeat Norfolk State 86-80 for its first MEAC win. The Lady Hawks go to 1-1 in the MEAC and 5-8 overall while NSU falls to 0-3 in-conference and 2-12 this season.

UMES's 86 points, 14 three-pointers and 18 assists are game-highs this season for the team. In addition, Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) scored 31 points, the first 30+ point game for a UMES player since April McBridescored 34 points against Coppin State on February 20th, 2010.

After Norfolk State got off to a hot start attacking in the paint, UMES used a 5-0 run off a fast break three from Roach and an Ashleigh Claybrooks(Manassas, Va.) layup to pull within 10-9 at the first media timeout.

UMES started firing away from three, as a Roach three combined with an Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) layup giving UMES a 14-12 lead, with a Sha-Kiyla Finney(Portsmouth, Va.) rebound and putback making it a four-point home team lead.

Both sides continued to go back and forth as threes from Roach kept UMES in front 26-22. Over the next four minutes however, Norfolk State took the lead on an 8-3 run, but a Shawnee Sweeney(Colonial Heights, Va.) three put UMES back in front 32-30 with four minutes left in the first half.

The Spartans countered with a personal 5-0 run by Recca Trice to take a 35-32 advantage. Finney responded with two straight threes towards the end of the half. UMES led 40-37 into the locker room.



Norfolk State went back to going towards the paint and started the second half on a 7-2 run, started by three points by Rachel Gordon, to take a 44-42 lead in the first 3:20 of the period.

UMES and NSU used the three some more to build its point total as the Spartans built its lead to 56-50.

Another three by Jameelah Pickard(Greensboro, N.C.) gave her a personal career-high of points and UMES's 10th three for a game-high this season. Roach added a free throw to pull UMES within a possession 58-55 with less than eight minutes left to play. After the media timeout, Roach hit a top-of-the-arc three to tie it up at 58.

The Spartans took back the lead with five straight points, but another three by Roach pushed UMES to within two 63-61 at the 4:46 mark.

UMES pushed back with the free throw line as Roach kept getting there and hitting attempts, as the Lady Hawks took a 66-65 lead in the final minute.

The Lady Hawks led with seven seconds left, but Trice got fouled on a shot with 1.1 seconds remaining. Trice hit the front end but missed the second attempt, forcing overtime at 66-66.

From the won tip off, Roach went right to the basket and hit a layup. After a Barnes three, Sweeney and Finney earned back-to-back threes, getting UMES ahead by five out of the gate. Roach added a free throw to make it 75-69.

After Trice hit a three, Udoji hit a pair of free throws and layup on a putback to give UMES a seven-point advantage 79-72, causing NSU to call time out with 1:49 remaining in the period. UMES held off the Spartans comeback attempt in the rest of the period to earn the win 86-80.

Roach shot 8-20 from the field, including 5-7 for three, and 10-13 from the free throw line to conclude with a career-high 31 points. Finney earned a career-best six assists, adding 14 points. Sweeney also had a career-high 13 points with three rebounds. Udoji had eight points and eight rebounds, Shanyce Stewart(Mount Vernon, N.Y.) had a season-high rebound total of 12, while Pickard had a career-high seven points.

For Norfolk State, Kashay Barnes led with 25 points off 10-19 shooting, adding three assists and two steals. Gordon earned 17 points and eight rebounds, while Trice concluded with 13 points, six boards and eight assists.

UMES will host Route 13 rival Delaware State next week on Saturday, January 19th at 2 p.m. at the Hytche Athletic Center.

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