Lady Hawks down by 11 with one minute left, get to one possession but cannot close gap
Karona Roach and Sha-Kiyla Finney to play final game at the Hytche Athletic Center
Lady Hawks look to be the first team to defeat Hampton in MEAC play
UMES coming off a Homecoming comeback victory over Morgan State on Saturday
UMES was down 11 in the second half, outscored MSU 24-9 in final 13:31
The Lady Hawks "Go Green" as they take on Coppin State at the Hytche.
UMES takes on in-state rival Morgan State in the first round of the MEAC Tournament in Norfolk. (Photos by Mark Sutton)
See Megan Raymond's shots from Think Pink 2.20.13
Batchelor on Long:""I see Jessica as a throw back, old school point guard with the ability to run a team like a true floor general, Her ability to pressure and contain the opponents' point of attack will allow us to be a more effective team on both ends of the floor."
2012-13: Primary point guard for the Lady Hawks ... averaged 5.4 points and two assists per game, totaling 52 assists and 35 steals in 26 games ... led the team in points in season opener with 12, adding three steals at George Mason (11/13) ... made five baskets for 13 points and four rebounds at Delaware State (12/1) ... went 7-8 from the line at North Florida (12/15), totaling 10 points in the win ... near double double with 10 points and seven rebounds vs. Brown (12/29) ... dished out six assists with 10 points vs. Delaware State (1/19) ... shot 5-8 from the field with 11 points and six boards in win over North Carolina Central (2/4).
2011-12: UMES Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year ... played 25 games with one start as the reserve point guard ... grabbed first-ever rebounds, totaling three, at American (11/30) ... scoring first-ever points on free throws, adding layup for four points vs. Delaware State (12/3) with first career assist ... played career-high 27 minutes at Elizabeth City State (1/2), getting two steals, an assist and a rebound ... earned career-high 11 points, on 3-5 shooting, five steals and a block at Towson (12/13) ... had five steals and three points vs. Florida A&M (1/21) ... finished with first career three-assist game, adding three steals and points vs. Lincoln (1/25) ... career-high four boards with four points at home against Norfolk State (2/5) ... scored four points with a steal and assist in MEAC Tournament victory over Savannah State (3/5).
High School/Club: Ranked 79th among point guards in the high school class of 2011 ... scored over 1,000 points in her high school career ... leading scorer in Prince George's County during 2010-11 season while with Westlake High School, averaging 23 points a game ... named Best Defensive Player in the WCAC twice plus all-conference honors in 2010 with Paul VI Catholic High School ... led Panthers to two straight VIS titles in 2009 and 2010 ... competed with AAU Teams Unique, Team MD Sure Shots and Fairfax Stars 16U/Gold ... member of the Honor Roll for 2010-11 academic year ... also competed on softball team.
Personal: Born April 24, 1993 in Washington, D.C. ... daughter of Gary and Michelle Long ... has a brother, Gary Long Jr., and a sister, Janay ... major is exercise science ... pergame routine includes listening to music ... best sports moment is playing through two tough overtimes to win the 2010 VIS state title against Flint Hill Academy ... most influential people are her parents ... plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist upon graduation ... favorite saying is "The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is the fear of failure." ... favorite non-athletic accomplishment is graduating from high school ... hobbies include baking ... favorite movie is "Love and Basketball" ... favorite book is Think Like a Champion by Dick Devenzio ... personal goal for the season is to become MEAC Rookie of the Year ... personal athletic goal before graduation is to win a MEAC title.
LONG'S CAREER STATISTICS