Hampton women eliminate UMES from MEAC, 77-64

Lady Hawks' Winkfield held to 10 in quarterfinal

March 11, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. -- A sloppy, foul-marred first half doomed the UMES women's team yesterday at the Richmond Coliseum.

Unable to mount a significant rally, the Lady Hawks fell to defending champion Hampton, this year's second seed, 77-64, in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.

"When our shots aren't falling, we kind of just fall apart," said UMES coach Surina Dixon. "Our bench did a great job of keeping us in the game when two starters picked up two fouls early, but we just couldn't put together a run."

Hampton (15-12) won its 10th consecutive game by playing physically, especially against Lady Hawks' star Tiffany Winkfield, who had exploded for a tournament-record 31 points against North Carolina A&T in the play-in round.

Winkfield, one of the starters who was whistled for two quick fouls, managed only 10 shots and 10 points while playing 27 minutes. She did pull in a team-high 13 rebounds.

"I just didn't really get into the flow," said Winkfield, an All-MEAC forward.

UMES finished with a 12-17 record and the utmost respect from Hampton coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs.

"It's tough to beat a good team three times and hard to get kids up for this game," said Cage-Bibbs. "But I'll tell you: UMES is not a seventh-place team."

Hampton senior Nicole Brathwaite took an elbow in the left eye early on and had an ugly welt -- like a prizefighter's -- afterward. But in between, she scored 25 points and matched Winkfield's 13 rebounds.

"It bothered me a little bit," Brathwaite said of the injury. "But I kind of got over it. I feel a lot better now."

Hampton was helped as well by the league's Rookie of the Year, Sharema Dean. She shot 11-for-17 from the field, scoring 24 points for the Lady Pirates, who were in command throughout but never quite put the game away until the usual flurry of free throws at the finish.

Octavia Thompson led UMES with 11 points, but the team was far short of the 79 points it had averaged over the past eight games to lead the league in scoring.

Tomorrow, Hampton will meet today's winner of the Coppin State-Bethune-Cookman game.

UMES--Bennett 1-5 1-1 3, Thompson 3-10 3-4 11, Hatcher 2-10 3-4 8, Bailey 1-3 5-8 7, Winkfield 4-10 2-4 10, Okaro 1-2 0-0 2, Gooden 0-1 0-2 0, Green 4-4 0-0 8, Griffith 5-7 0-1 10, Martin 1-4 0-0 2, Tucker 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 23-57 15-26 64.

HAMPTON--Lancaster 0-4 1-2 1, Beard 2-3 0-3 4, Dean 11-17 2-4 24, Brathwaite 8-11 9-14 25, Sullivan 4-18 6-8 14, Trapp 0-1 0-0 0, Ellis 2-11 3-3 7, Bonets 1-2 0-0 2, Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-67 21-34 77.

Half--Hampton, 33-24. 3-point goals--UMES 3-15 (Hatcher 1-3, Thompson 2-7, Bennett 0-1, Gooden 0-1, Martin 0-3); Hampton 0-6 (Ellis 0-3, Dean 0-2, Sullivan 0-1). Fouled out--Bennett. Rebounds--UMES 40 (Winkfield 13); Hampton 44 (Brathwaite 13). Assists--UMES 11 (Bennett, Thompson, Hatcher, Gooden, Griffith); Hampton 9 (Sullivan 4). Total fouls--UMES 25; Hampton 18. A--N/A.

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