Dec. 8, 2010

Box Score

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) and Kwinnyata Mercer (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) scored 13 points each and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team held off Long Island, 58-56, in overtime at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center Wednesday.

Tied at 49 with 29 seconds to play in the second half, Long Island called a timeout when inbounding the ball but had none remaining for a technical foul and two free throws for UMES' Mercer. Mercer calmly stepped to the line and drained both for the lead.

LIU's Marika Sprow then fouled Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) on the ensuing possession but Cook missed the front end of a 1-and-1 that could have put the game out of reach.

Instead, Ashley Palmer corralled the rebound and missed a jumper. Kiara Evans grabbed the offensive board and was herself fouled. Evans knotted the game at 51 with a pair from the line with 10 seconds left. Mercer then missed a three and LIU rebounded before Palmer missed a jumper that hit the rim at the buzzer, sending the game to an extra session.

Mercer opened overtime hitting a trey from the left corner from Cook to put UMES up, 54-51, with 4:07 remaining and UMES didn't look back.

Palmer led all players with 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Evans scored 17 and Chelsi Johnson had 13 for Long Island.

The win for UMES (2-3) snaps a three-game losing streak and extends LIU's (4-4) skid to three.

The Lady Hawks used a 19-7 run over the last 8:25 of the first half to erase a 16-8 deficit and led by a 27-21 score at intermission.

A Cook fastbreak layup from Bria Jackson (Rochester, N.Y.) extended UMES' lead to 34-25 with 16:58 in the second period before the Blackbirds sparked an 11-2 spurt to tie the game at 36 in the next 8:24. Johnson's layup capped the run.



The teams traded baskets until Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.) nailed a 3-pointer for a 41-38 advantage with 7:29 left. Palmer hit a shot a minute later to pull LIU back within one but Chena Parker (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) converted a layup and was fouled to restore the three-point margin at the 4:42 mark.

A Palmer jumper and one Evans free throw pulled the Blackbirds even again at 43 with 3:55 left and then four straight Evans points gave LIU control, 47-43 with 2:12 left. But a Cook layup and Adobi Agbasi (Columbus, Ga.) jumper in the paint from Sanders made things level at 49 with 57 seconds left prior to the technical.

The win is the first for UMES against LIU in five tries.

Mercer went 3-for-7 from beyond the arc and 4-for-4 from the line and Sanders was 5-for-14 from the floor in the win. Agbasi and Jackson chipped in with eight apiece. Morton tallied six points and a game-high five assists.

Long Island outshot UMES, 40.7-38.9 for the game with the help of a 12-for-22 performance (54.5 percent) in the second half. The Blackbirds turned 25 UMES turnovers into 19 points. UMES scored 11 points off of 20 LIU miscues.

The Lady Hawks' bench outscored the Blackbirds, 25-3, but UMES was outrebounded, 39-35.

UMES is off for 10 days before welcoming Towson to the Hytche Cener on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.

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