PRINCESS ANNE, MD - With 23 points from Karona Roachand UMES finishing on a 23-10 run, the Lady Hawks came back to defeat UMBC 51-45 for their fourth win of the season. UMES improves to 4-6, while UMBC falls to 3-8.
UMBC came out fast with two baskets in the opening 90 seconds to go up 5-0. UMES countered with an 8-2 run, sandwiched by points from Sha-Kiyla Finney(Portsmouth, Va.), to take an 8-7 lead before the first media timeout.
Following an exchange of three-pointers, both teams were unable to score for almost five minutes. Shawnee Sweeney(Colonial Heights, Va.) hit a three to pull UMES up 14-10 at the 10:33 mark. UMES's defense held UMBC without points for over six minutes.
The three-point shots paced UMES to a 23-21 halftime advantage, as the Lady Hawks went 6-8 from beyond the arc in the first period.
The Retrievers again started strong in the half, going on a 10-0 in the period's opening four-and-a-half minutes, including two layups from Raven Harris. UMBC led 31-23 with 16:52 left. Later, UMBC led 35-28 with 11:30 remaining.
After another Sweeney three, Roach hit a jumper, followed two minute later by a layup to tie it up at 35. Following a Bria White free throw, again the three helped UMES with Roach and Sweeney hitting shots from long-range. Ashleigh Claybrooks(Manassas, Va.) hit a free throw to build UMES's lead to six 42-36 with under six minutes to go.
At 44-38 UMES, UMBC hit two shots in a row for a 5-0 run, pulling the visitors within one at the final media timeout.
The Lady Hawks kept holding on possessions, using a Claybooks free throw and a Roach jumper to go up 47-43 with 2:16 left. Next possession, Harris hit a pair of free throws to get UMBC back with one basket. UMES's defense withstood three attempts by UMBC to tie the game, sealing the contest with two late Finney free throws with 19 seconds left to make it a two-possession game. Finney hit a late layup to put the final score at 51-45 UMES for the victory.
Roach's 23 points is a new career-high for the senior, surpassing her 20-point mark against Mount St. Mary's earlier this season. Finney had nine points, five boards and four assists, while Sweeney scored 10 points with a pair of assists.
For UMBC, White led the Retrievers with 15 points, adding three rebounds. Harris concluded with 12 points, seven steals and six boards.
UMES will play next week in the Terrapin Classic in College Park, Maryland. First game is set for Friday, December 28th at 2:30 p.m. against Hartford.