Karona Roach starts her senior season with the exhibition vs. Wilmington.

Nov. 6, 2012

Game Notes - UMES vs. Wilmington

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- The Lady Hawks will tip off the 2012-13 season with an exhibition at home on Wednesday, November 7th at 6 p.m. against the Wildcats of Wilmington University, playing the first of 14 games in Princess Anne this season.

Tickets to the game are just $5. Full-time registered students and faculty get free admission with ID.

• RECAPPING LAST SEASON: With one of the best defenses in Division I, the Lady Hawks finished at 8-8 in conference play, the seventh time in eight seasons that UMES has gone .500 or better in the MEAC, and 12-19 overall. UMES got the 6-seed in the MEAC Tournament, defeating 11-seed Savannah State 51-28 in the best defensive performance ever in the conference tournament. The Lady Hawks almost pulled off the upset in the next round, narrowly falling to 3-seed Florida A&M 50-48. Adobi Agbasi finished as the all-time blocks leader in Lady Hawks history and third in Division I in the 2011-12 season with 3.72 blocks per game, totaling 108. She led a defense that allowed just 53.9 points a game, 20th in D-I, and a D-I 6th-best field goal percentage defense of 33.7%.

• SERIES HISTORY: This is UMES's first-ever meeting with Wilmington. In addition, UMES has never played a current member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. Wilmington played a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent last year, taking on Delaware State in its first game of the year. The Wildcats fell to the Lady Hornets 80-32.

• SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Wilmington is coming off a 2-22 year and is now under the helm of Tiffany Silver in her first season as a head coach. Sophomore guard Cari Callaway is the returning leading scorer, averaging seven points with a 34.4 shooting percentage. The top returning rebounder is sophomore guard Megan Fox, who pulled down almost three boards a game last season, adding four points and a steal a contest.



• FOLLOW THE FRESHMEN: UMES comes into the season with one of the youngest rosters in the country. The Lady Hawks have nine freshmen on the roster, tying with Maine for the most freshmen on a D-I women's basketball team this season. The UMES freshmen, who hail from six different states, make up over half the roster with nine of the 16 players.

• MAROON AND GRAY NEED SOME SCORERS: The top four scorers from last season, Chelsea Sanders, Kwinnyata Mercer, Adobi Agbasi and Amber Cook, all finished their careers last year. The team lost over 78% of its scoring from last season into this year. The leading scorer among returners is senior Karona Roach, who averaged four points a game last year, followed by senior Sha-Kiyla Finney's 2.3 points a contest.

• UMES PREDICTED TO FINISH SIXTH IN MEAC: In the preseason predictions, UMES was picked to finish sixth in the MEAC after earning the 6-seed last season. MEAC runner-up Howard earned 15 first-place votes and is predicted to win the conference, while defending MEAC champion Hampton is picked to finished second.

• LADY HAWKS ARE GROWING: The average height of the Lady Hawks is just over 5-10, an inch taller than the average height last season. Three players, Alexis Udoji, Ashleigh Claybrooks and Taylor Thompson, all stand at least 6-2, with Udoji being the tallest at 6-4.

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