Taylor Thompson earned a double double vs. Wilmington with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Nov. 7, 2012

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- The Lady Hawks took advantage of their size against Wilmington, outrebounding the Wildcats by 29 in a 72-52 exhibition victory on Wednesday at the Hytche Athletic Center.

Despite getting good looks, the Lady Hawks could not score early, but held the Wildcats without points in the first four minutes. Tenicia Spence hit a three at the 15:32 mark to break the deadlock. Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) scored the first UMES point on a free throw a minute later, but another Spence three gave Wilmington an early 6-1 lead. The Wildcats pushed the lead to seven at 10-3 with 12:28 left in the half.

UMES cut into the deficit with a 6-0 run, with layups from Taylor Thompson (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.) in succession pulled the Lady Hawks within one.

Wilmington rebuilt the lead to six off a pair of baskets from Danielle Thomas for a 15-9 advantage.

From there, the UMES defense took over, starting with an Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) block on a Thomas jumper. The Lady Hawks knocked down four free throws, followed by a Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.) layup to give UMES a 16-15 lead. A Karona Roach (Bear, Del.) layup completed a UMES 9-0 run.

After a Spence free throw, the Lady Hawks went on another run to complete the half. Starting on a Kelly layup, UMES scored nine in a row in the final 4:01 of the first period to lead Wilmington at the half 29-16. The UMES defense held the Wildcats without a field goal in the last 8:55 in the first half.

UMES kept its run going into the second half on a Finney layup for a 31-16 advantage, concluding an 11-0 run. The Lady Hawks never trailed by single digits the rest of the game.

The Wildcats got their first field goal in over nine minutes at the 19:36 mark in the second half off a Spence three. Udoji responded with a pair of made baskets for a 35-19 UMES lead with 17:51 to go.

Spence tried to get the Wildcats back into the game, scoring the next three baskets to pull Wilmington within 10 at 35-25.

Kiana Sturgis (Pocomoke City, Md.) hit a deep three in response, followed by a putback Stewart layup for a 40-25 home team lead. UMES and Wilmington pulled back and forth, with the Lady Hawks maintaining a small double digit lead through the nine-minute mark thanks in part to three turnaround jumpers by Thompson.

Up 50-38 with 8:40 to play, Kelly contributed two field goals on a 6-0 UMES run to push the lead to 18. Following a Cari Callaway two-point basket, an Udoji transition layup, Roach bucket and Finney three put the score at 63-40 UMES.

The Lady Hawks kept the advantage and took the victory 72-52 over the Wildcats.

UMES outrebounded the Wildcats 59-30, including 29-14 in the second half. As a team, the Lady Hawks shot 39.4% with a 47.4% mark in the second period.

Thompson finished with a double double of 10 points off 5-9 shooting and 11 rebounds, the ladder mark a team-high. Finney led the Lady Hawks with 13 points, adding six boards. Stewart also had 11 rebounds, also contributing six points. Udoji concluded with seven points and three blocks, while Roach had 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

For the Wildcats, Spence led all players with 20 points. Callaway had 10 points and three steals, while Megan Fox got seven points and six rebounds.

The Lady Hawks will play their first regular season game on Tuesday, November 13th at 7 p.m. in Fairfax, Virginia against George Mason.



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