The Lady Hawks tip off at 5:30 attempting to clinch fourth place in the MEAC

Ed Tyson and the Hawks look for two straight wins this week

Ed Tyson and the Hawks look for two straight wins this week

March 1, 2006

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The Women's Game
The third-place UMES Lady Hawks (13-12, 10-6 MEAC) try to clinch a top-four finish in the MEAC as they take on the South Carolina St. Lady Bulldogs (12-13, 9-7) Wednesday in Orangeburg, SC. The Lady Hawks, winners of 11 of 16 after a 2-7 (0-1 MEAC) start, have already clinched one of the top five seeds in the MEAC Tournament and with that a first-round bye. UMES, which went 6-2 in February, will finish in third place with wins in its final two games (it cannot get to second), but could still finish as low as fifth with a loss Weds.

The Lady Hawks, beset by injuries for much of the conference season, are almost at full strength following the return of senior co-captain Jamila Griffith Feb. 20. Junior Qiana Cheatham will miss her 16th straight game with a left leg fracture. S.C. St., which defeated Hampton and Norfolk St. at home this weekend, are now 5-1 in MEAC games at the S-H-M Center (with the lone loss coming to undefeated Coppin St, 61-57). The Lady Bulldogs can finish as high as third place with victories in its final two games (vs. UMES, vs. N.C. A&T Friday), but could fall to sixth place with two losses.

Turning the Tide
With a 13-12 record (10-6 MEAC), the Lady Hawks are reaching benchmarks for a basketball program that has lacked great success the past decade. The victory 2.25 gave Fred Batchelor's squad 13 wins, the most for a UMES basketball team (men's or women's) in eight seasons (since the `97'-98 Lady Hawks went 16-11).

When they improved to 13-11 on 2.25, the Lady Hawks became the first men's or women's team at UMES to go two games above .500 in seven seasons (since `98-'99 women, 8-6). The squad is also the first at UMES to be at or above .500 in February in eight seasons (the aforementioned `97-'98 Lady Hawks).

Upon improving to 10-5 in the MEAC on 2.25, the Lady Hawks became the first UMES team in eight seasons to go at least five games above .500 in conference (`97-'98 women, 12-6). The team was also the first in five seasons to go four games above .500 in conference (`00-'01 Hawk men, 5-1) and the first in four seasons to go three above (`01-'02 men, 5-2).

News and Notes
The Lady Hawks have clinched a winning record in conference, marking the first time a UMES basketball team has had back-to-back winning MEAC seasons since `96-'97 + `97-98 (when the Lady Hawks went 11-7, then 12-6). The Lady Hawks 10-8 conference mark last season gave UMES its first winning MEAC season (men or women) since then...

Former walk-on Toni Kennedy is leading the MEAC in scoring (16.4 ppg) and in steals/game (3.0), and is second in three-pointers/game (3.3, also second in the nation as of 2.28). She won consecutive MEAC Player of the Week awards for the weeks ending Dec. 18 + 25...

Sophomore Kristi Veltkamp, second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaged 9.5 pgg in the 13 games without Jamila Griffith 1.4-2.18, compared to 15.0 ppg (180 pts) in her other 12 games this season. Veltkamp, who has come off the bench in seven of the last eight games, leads the conference in blocks/gm (2.4, UMES leads the MEAC with 4.5 blocks/gm), and in FG pct. (52%)...

The Lady Hawks have averaged 61 ppg in 14 games without Jamila Griffith this season, compared to 73 ppg in the 11 games (806 pts) with her. Overall, UMES is averaging 66 ppg (second in the MEAC). The Lady Hawks lead the conference assists/gm (13.9) and asst/to ratio (0.67/1), are second in 3-ptrs/gm (5.9), and third in FG pct. (39%) and scoring margin (+1.9)...

UMES is 10th/11 in the MEAC in team FT pct. (58%), and has shot 50% or less from the line in eight games. The team is, however, shooting 70% from the stripe the last four games (57-81)...

Freshman Tiffany Reid has started 16 straight games, and has won three MEAC Rookie of the Week awards this season (weeks ending 12.25, 1.8 + 1.15)...

The Lady Hawks' season sweep of Hampton was the first in program history. Dating back to last season UMES has beaten Hampton three consecutive times (after compiling a total of three wins before then)...

Probable Starters
Player Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG
0 Rachael Goodwin G 5'6 Sr. 4.7 3.6
Senior from Memphis, Tn...Played 1 1/2 seasons (2002-03, part of 2003-04) at UMES before sitting out last season, re-joined squad this summer...Played in a total of 35 games prior to `05-'06 (5.7 ppg career).
33 Toni Kennedy G 5'6 Sr. 16.4 2.8
Senior from Baltimore, Md. led team in scoring last season (10.0 ppg) after walking onto team...JUCO transfer from Labette C.C. (Parsons, Ks., `02-'03) and Grayson C.C. (Denison, Tx., `03-'04)...All-time leading scorer at Dunbar HS (1,128 pts), won three consecutive state championships (`00-'02).
34 Tiffany Reid F 5'9 Fr. 7.5 5.8
Freshman from Philadelphia, played at National Christian Academy (Ft. Washington, Md.) after starring at Strawberry Mansion HS in the Philly Public League...Made first-team all-Public League two consecutive seasons.
23 Natalia Benton F/C 6'3 Jr. 3.5 4.4
JUCO transfer from Monroe C.C. (Rochester, NY) where she won consecutive Division II NJCAA National Championships (`04, `05) and was named to the All-Tournament Team last season...Originally from Brooklyn, NY.
25 Daynese Stowe C 6'2 Sr. 4.0 2.9
Senior from Philadelphia missed three games (12/6- 12/17) with a lower back injury...2004 transfer from Florida C.C. (Jacksonville, Fl.)...Played in 26 games last season, averaged 4.0 ppg and 3.3 rpg.

Player Pos. Ht. Cl. PPG RPG
1 Brittany Adkins F 6'1 So. 3.2 3.0
Sophomore from Millsboro, De., played in 26 games her freshman season...Played at Sussex Tech. HS where she made first-team all-state senior year.
*2 Alicia Loxen G 5'6 Fr. 0.0 0.0
Red-shirt freshman from Owosso, Mi. out for rest of season with multiple meniscus tears in left knee (missed all of last season with a torn left ACL).
3 Kristi Veltkamp F/C 6'3 So. 12.2 6.5
Voted to Preseason All-MEAC First-Team...Sophomore from Hudsonville, Mi. finished second on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) and rebounding (4.5 rpg) her freshman season...Won State and National Homeschool championships in 2003 for Lansing Homeschool (with teammate Alicia Loxen).
5 Almalika Lemon F 6'1 Jr. 1.2 1.3
JUCO transfer missed five games (12/30- 1/16) with a right knee injury...Played at Frank Phillips College (Borger, Tx., `03-'04) and NE Oklahoma A&M (Miami, Ok., `02-'03)...Originally from Manhattan, NY.
10 DeVaughn Hailey G 5'5 Fr. 6.1 3.2
Freshman from Camden, NJ...Played at Woodrow Wilson HS, where she started for four seasons...Helped team win the South Jersey championship and the New Jersey Group III Tournament of Champions Final in 2005.
12 Jasmine Speed F 5'10 Fr. 1.2 1.1
Freshman from Chesterfield, Mi....Played at Anchor Bay HS.
*21 Qiana Cheatham F 5'10 Jr. 8.5 3.4
Junior from Baltimore, Md. out for remainder of season with lower left leg fracture suffered in practice Jan. 6...Started final six games of last season (11.2 ppg).
22 Adrienne Brown G 5'5 Fr. 0.9 0.6
Walk-on from Springdale, Md....Attended prep school at The Patterson School (Lenoir, NC) in 04-05...Played at Charles H. Flowers HS (Landover).
35 Jamila Griffith F 6'0 Sr. 11.1 7.5
Missed 13 games (1.4- 2.18) with internal injuries suffered Dec. 30 against CCSU...Voted to Preseason All-MEAC Second-Team...Led team in rebounding last season (7.6 rpg), was third in scoring (8.3 ppg)...2003 transfer from Tallahassee C.C. (Tallahassee, Fl.), originally from Barbados.

*Currently Inactive due to injury

The Men's Game
The last-place UMES men's basketball team (6-20, 3-13) continues a stretch of four games in eight days that will conclude the regular season with a match-up against the fifth-place South Carolina St. Bulldogs (11-15, 9-7) Wednesday in Orangeburg, SC. The Hawks, losers 12 of their last 14 (after starting 4-8 overall, 1-1 MEAC), snapped a seven-game skid with a 65-60 victory over Coppin St. Monday. Even with a loss Wednesday, UMES could finish as high as ninth place.

UMES, featuring seven freshman on its active roster, has more than doubled its entire win total from the 2004-'05 season (2-26). The Bulldogs, led by Brian Mason and winners of six of eight including a 20-point defeat of Norfolk St. Monday, were the preseason pick to win the conference but started 3-5 in MEAC play. S.C. State can finish as high as third place with wins in its final two games (vs. UMES, vs. N.C. A&T Friday).

D-Fence! D-Fence!
Scoring has not been a big problem for the Hawks this season, as they rank fifth in the MEAC in team offense (65 ppg). UMES has struggled on the defensive end, however, allowing its opponents to score 75 points per game overall (10th/11 in the MEAC), in addition to 75 ppg in MEAC contests (11th/11).

UMES' defense has improved of late. The Hawks have held the opposition to only 68 ppg (410 pts) the past six contests (the squad was allowing 77 ppg through the first 20 games of the season). Unfortunately, the Hawks' offense has begun to slack during that same stretch, with the team is averaging 62 ppg (370 pts) the last six compared to 65 ppg the first 20.

News and Notes
Big man Tim Parham is leading the MEAC in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and double-doubles (13) for the second straight season. Parham is also the Hawks' leader in scoring (14.1 ppg, tenth in the MEAC) and in FG pct (52% (min. 3.5 made/gm), also fourth MEAC). The senior, who was named MEAC Player of the Week (week ending Dec. 25), has recorded three straight double-doubles (he led the MEAC with 11 in `04-'05)...

After a fast start to the conference season, UMES' three-pronged attack of freshman guards (Jesse Brooks, Ed Tyson and Troy Jackson) has quieted. After all three had scored in double figures for four consecutive games (1.16-1.28), only Jackson is averaging over 10.3 ppg the last 8...

Jackson, who has rested a total of three minutes the past four games, is averaging 13.8 ppg (110 pts) the past eight (and shooting 39%, 40-103 FG's) after averaging 20.3 ppg the previous seven (and shooting 50%, 49-98 FG's). Three times this season Jackson has been named MEAC Rookie of the Week (the weeks ending Jan. 8, Jan. 29 + Feb. 19), and he is scoring a team-high 16.3 ppg in MEAC games...

Tyson is averaging 4.7 ppg (28 pts) his last six games (he missed two 2.18+2.20 with a right ankle sprain) and is shooting 19% (9-47 FG's), after averaging 14.7 ppg his previous eight (and shooting 45%, 45-100 FG's). Twice this season he was named MEAC Rookie of the Week (the weeks ending Dec. 18 + 25)...

Brooks leads the MEAC in apg (5.0) and in min/gm (36.2), and is 4th in asst/to ratio (1.54/1). He is averaging 11.7 ppg the past 12 (140 pts)...

UMES has struggled shooting the ball at times, making only 59% from the foul line (11th/11 in MEAC), and 40% on field goals (9th/11)...

Ryan Leak (torn left ACL, MCL and medial meniscus on Dec. 10) is out for the season. Dorian Pierce is academically ineligible as of 1.30...

When UMES improved to 2-5 on Dec. 3, it became the first time in four seasons that the squad picked up its second win before its 14th game...

Probable Starters
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
10 Jesse Brooks G 6'1 170 Fr. 8.7 3.2
Freshman from Severn, Md...Played last season at Notre Dame Prep School (Fitchburg, Ma.)...Played at Archbishop Spalding HS, where he finished 2nd all-time in assists and was a teammate of current UCONN star Rudy Gay.
15 Troy Jackson G 6'3 175 Fr. 12.2 3.3
Freshman from Wilkes Barre, PA...Played at Laurinburg Prep School (Laurinburg, NC) in 2004-05, and before that at Scranton HS (Scranton, Pa.).
44 Antonio McMillion F 6'5 210 Jr. 10.7 4.0
JUCO transfer from Colby C.C. (Colby, Ks.) where he averaged 15.6 ppg last season...Attended Central Connecticut St. (CCSU) from 2002-2004, but missed `02-'03 with eye injury and played only 7 games in `03-'04...Played at Randallstown HS where he won the Maryland class 3A state championship in 2002 (senior season) and was named Third-Team All-State.
42 Tim Parham F/C 6'9 240 Sr. 14.1 10.0
Voted to Preseason All-MEAC Second-Team...Led MEAC in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and double-doubles (11) last season...All 11 of those double-doubles came in last 19 games (0 in prior 34 career games)...Announced eligibility for 2005 NBA Draft last April before withdrawing to return for senior season...Now in his third season playing at UMES...2003 transfer from Ellsworth C.C. (Iowa Falls, Ia.) where he played one season (2001-'02).
1 Qavotstaraj Waddell C 6'11 240 Fr. 4.6 5.4
Red-shirt freshman from Norfolk, Va., sat out last season to complete year in residence...Named preseason MEAC Top Newcomer by Street & Smith's College Basketball...Played at Coastal Christian Academy HS (Virginia Beach) where he teamed with NY Knicks' center Jackie Butler.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
*3 Dorian Pierce G 6'0 170 Fr. 0.9 0.8
Freshman from Jackson, Mi., academically ineligible as of January 30.
5 Ed Tyson G 6'3 205 Fr. 9.8 3.0
Freshman from Baltimore, Md, missed two games (2.18+2.20) with a right ankle sprain...Played at Walbrook HS where he won the 2005 Maryland class 4A state championship and was ranked amongst the top guards in the state.
13 Art Valentine F 6'7 215 Jr. 0.9 1.1
JUCO transfer from Fulton-Montgomery C.C. (Johnstown, NY), where he averaged 16 ppg over his 2 seasons...Originally from Harlem, NY.
20 Terrell Harris G 6'1 175 Sr. 2.0 0.6
Walk-on from Philadelphia, has not scored a FG since 12.10 at Howard... Played baseball for UMES in 2004, pitched in 20 games (0-1, 9.89 ERA).
22 Shaun Warrick G 6'0 150 Fr. 0.8 0.9
Freshman walk-on from Philadelphia, played at Lutheran HS.
23 Hagay Barav G 6'3 195 Fr. 2.5 0.5
Freshman from Hertzeliya, Israel was activated after missing the first 11 games of season with a left MCL sprain...Served in Israeli Army three years.
24 C.J. Prince G 6'3 200 Fr. 0.7 0.3
Freshman walk-on from Teaneck, NJ, played at Teaneck HS.
30 Tal Cohen F/C 6'8 230 So. 0.4 0.7
Played in 27 games last season...Sophomore from Hadera, Israel, played on the Israeli Junior National Team while in the Israeli Army for three years.
*32 Ryan Leak F 6'4 185 So. 3.0 2.0
Out for remainder of season with torn ACL, MCL and medial meniscus suffered 12.10 at Howard...Played in 27 games last season, averaged 5.7 ppg.
45 Brandon Moore F 6'9 195 Fr. 0.0 0.7
Walk-on red-shirt freshman, academically ineligible as of Jan. 30...Hails from Baltimore, Md., sat out last season to complete year in residence.

*Currently inactive

UMES Hawks (6-20, 3-13 MEAC)
2005-06 Schedule:
Previous Games
Date Game Result
11/10 Davis & Elkins. (Ex) W 82-68
11/14 ^at #20 Iowa L 41-86
11/15 ^v. Utah Valley St. W 75-72 (OT)
11/18 at UMBC L 65-75
11/19 at St. John's L 40-77
11/25 Nicholls St. L 69-71
12/1 at Marshall L 56-66
12/3 at Morehead St. W 65-59
12/7 at Rutgers L 50-92
12/10 at Howard* L 68-79
12/17 at #15 George Wash. L 72-98
12/20 at Brown W 59-57
1/4 N.C. A&T* W 77-75 (OT)
1/7 at Hampton* L 64-73
1/9 at Norfolk State* L 62-74
1/16 Delaware State* L 67-70
1/21 at Fla. A&M* L 92-96 (OT)
1/23 at Beth-Cook.* L 82-86
1/28 at Morgan St.* W 76-67
1/30 at Coppin St.* L 53-79
2/4 Hampton* L 75-87
2/6 Norfolk St.* L 59-67
2/13 at Delaware St* L 48-64
2/18 Florida A&M* L 72-83
2/20 Beth.-Cookman* L 66-69
2/25 Morgan State* L 60-67
2/27 Coppin State* W 65-60

Upcoming Games
Date Game Result
3/1 at S. Carolina St* 7:30 pm
3/4 Howard* 4:00 pm
3/6-11 MEAC Tourney TBA

*denotes MEAC conference game
^at Guardian's Classic (Iowa City)

Larry Lessett- Head Coach
Lawrence Lessett, Jr. is in his second season as head coach of the Hawks. While this position marks his debut as a Division I head coach, he has amassed almost thirty years of coaching experience from the high school level through the professional ranks.

Lessett came to Princess Anne after spending three years as a global scout for Magic Johnson International Basketball. Prior to that he served as head coach of the Magic City Snowbears of the International Basketball Association (IBA), where he coached the team to a franchise record in wins and a playoff appearance in his only season.

No stranger to the college ranks, Lessett has made several collegiate stops in his career, most recently as head basketball coach and athletic director of Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tennessee. He has also served as an assistant coach at Mercer University, De Anza College, Georgia Southwestern College, Georgia College, Santa Barbara City College, Western New Mexico University, Loyola Marymount University and Cal State Northridge.

Lessett received a Bachelors degree in Physical Education from Cal State Northridge in 1983 and a Masters degree in Phys Ed and Health from Georgia College in 1991.

Assistant Coaches

Meredith Smith- Assistant Coach
Meredith Smith is in his second season as the first assistant men's basketball coach with the Hawks. He has returned to his alma mater after accumulating almost 30 years of high school coaching experience. Smith graduated from UMES, then Maryland State College, in 1975.

Smith became head coach men's basketball coach at Southern High School in Baltimore City in 1978 and held that position for 24 seasons. During that time he compiled a win-loss record of 414-145, giving him the second most victories in Baltimore City Public School history. Smith won 25 playoff games, including three Maryland State Championships, two Maryland Scholastic Association Conference Championships and a Baltimore City Championship in 1999-2000.

In 1993 the Baltimore Sun named Smith their "Coach of the Year." He holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary and Physical Education from UMES and a Master's degree from Coppin State University.

Bert DeSalvo- Assistant Coach
Bert DeSalvo is in his first year as an assistant coach for the Hawks, primarily responsible for film exchange and budgeting. He comes to UMES after serving one year as the Girls' Varsity Head Coach at Chariho High School in Rhode Island.

While at Chariho, DeSalvo led his team to a playoff appearance in 2004-'05 with an 11-14 overall record. From 2001-'04 he was the Boys' Junior Varsity Head Coach at South Kingstown High School (R.I.), leading his team to a co-division championship in 2001-'02. DeSalvo has also coached at the middle school level and for several AAU teams.

DeSalvo received a Batchelor's degree in History from the University of Rhode Island in 2002.

MEAC 2005-06 Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
Rk School Points
1. S Car. St. (10) 402
T-2.*Delaware St. (6) 370
T-2.Hampton (4) 370
4. Norfolk State 240
5. Florida A&M 238
6. Coppin State 230
7. Bethune-Cook. 202
8. N Carolina A&T 146
9. Morgan State 138
10. Howard 78
11. MD East-Shore 26
(first-place votes in parenthesis)
*2005 regular season and MEAC Tournament champion

Preseason MEAC First Team
G Antonio Webb, Beth-Cook.
G Tony Tate, Florida A&M
G Jahsha Blunt, Delaware St.
F Thurman Zimmerman, SC St.
C Bruce Brown, Hampton

Second Team
G Tony Murphy, Norfolk St.
G Jeff Granger, Hampton
F Darius Glover, Florida A&M
F Tim Parham, UMES
F Brian Mason, SC St.

Preseason Player of the Year:
Bruce Brown, Hampton

-Selected in a vote by MEAC coaches and Sports Information Directors

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