Jan. 19, 2011

Box Score

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Ezinne Kalu and Darice Fountaine combined for 46 points and Savannah State erased a four-point halftime deficit as the Lady Tigers defeated the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team, 62-52, at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center Wednesday.

Kalu finished with 27 points on 8-for-16 shooting and Fountaine had 19 on 8-of-14 from the floor for SSU (10-8), which completed a season sweep of UMES (5-12) with the win. The loss ended UMES' two-game winning streak.

UMES received a team-high 15 points and three assists from Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.) while Kwinnyata Mercer (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) tallied 11 points and one steal off the bench.

Savannah State outscored UMES, 38-24, in the second half for the win, finishing the game 22-for-45 (48.9 percent) from the field.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 20-8 start in the opening 12 minutes before the Lady Hawks rallied to take the lead with a 14-2 run, 25-22. Chena Parker (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) started the stretch with five points on three free throws and a layup to make it 22-13 with 5:56 to play.

Mercer recorded four of six points to get within three at 22-19 and Morton then had the next four with a jumper and offensive rebound and putback for UMES' first lead since 7-6 with 3:38 to go before the half. Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) added a pair from the line to extend the advantage to 25-22 on the next possession.

UMES was ahead, 28-24, at the break despite Savannah State shooting 10-for-20 in the period.

Down, 35-30, with 13:21 remaining, Mercer scored four straight with a free throw and 3-pointer from the corner to pull to 35-34 prior to Caitlyn Dillard's (Lancaster, Pa.) 1-of-2 from the line tied the game.



Latoya Buckner (Washington, D.C.) and LaKendra Wilkerson (Greensboro, N.C.) converted on back-to-back layups to give UMES a four-point advantage, 39-35, with 11:02 left. Savannah State quickly got back within two and Kalu promptly drained a trey for a 40-39 lead.

Buckner hit another jumper at the 9:40 mark for what was the Lady Hawks' final lead of the night as Fila Smith canned a 3-pointer to make it 43-41 with 8:12 left.

Savannah State was up, 52-44, with 2:38 to play when Morton converted a layup and drew a foul for a three-point play to close the gap to five. Sanders added a bucket of her own to shave the deficit to 52-49 with 1:28 left but Kalu hit all eight of her free throws down the stretch to ensure the win.

SSU had more rebounds (37-32) than UMES but turned the ball over more (24-16) in the game.

UMES is back in action Saturday at the Hytche Center hosting Coppin State at 2 p.m.

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