Nov. 9, 2010

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Senior Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.) and sophomore Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) scored 15 points each, including nine apiece in the second half, as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team rolled to an exhibition victory over Division III Wesley, 87-51, in front of 1,469 at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

The pair was two of four players to score in double figures in the win. Juniors Bria Jackson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) also had 11 and 10, respectively, while the UMES defense forced 33 turnovers and grabbed 23 steals. "I thought our defense was very good it was nice to see everybody get in and contribute in a positive way," said UMES head coach Fred Batchelor. "We played tough defense and controlled the glass. I was pleased with the total team effort."

UMES shot 43 percent from the floor and 37 percent from 3-point range, holding the Wolverines to just 20 points in the second half.

Cook added a game-high seven boards as UMES outrebounded Wesley, 48-22. Tied, 5-5, in the early going, UMES scored seven straight on a Sanders jumper, Jackson in layup and a three by sophomore Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.) at the 16:02 mark. The Hawks took their biggest lead of the half on a Sanders layup with 7:41 to play.

Wesley got as close as eight points with two minutes left on a Jazmine Miller three and trailed by 42-31 margin at the break.

UMES opened the second half with a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach. Sanders tallied four in the stretch which put the hosts up, 52-31, in the first two-and-half minutes.

Wesley was limited to just seven points over the next six minutes as the lead swelled to 32 (70-38) on a Morton triple with 11 minutes left and the Hawks cruised from there.

UMES turned the Wesley turnovers into 40 points and outscored the Wolverines' bench, 41-9, on the night.

Cory Boyd led to Wesley players in double digits with 11 and Angie Owens pulled down seven rebounds.

UMES gets the regular season underway Sunday at 3 p.m. against UMBC.



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