SAVANNAH STATE'S STRONG SECOND HALF LIFTS PAST LADY HAWKS
Jan. 4, 2014
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team kept the contest close, but were unable to recover from Savannah State University’s (SSU) late surge as they fell, 63-46. With the loss, the Lady Hawks dropped to 3-10 overall (0-2 MEAC) whereas Savannah State improved to 7-7 (1-0 MEAC) on the season.
After SSU scored the first basket in the second half, 31-26, the Lady Hawks would go on a 6-0 run to take the lead, 32-31, with less than three minutes into the second period. With over eleven minutes in regulation, UMES and Savannah State were deadlocked, 41-41, until the Lady Tigers went on a 12-2 run to regain and take a commanding lead, 53-43, with less than six minutes in the game. UMES continued to battle, but Savannah State was too much as they ended the game on a 13-3 run to win, 63-46.
Other notable Hawk performances included Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) and Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.) each posting six points while Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) registered a season-high eight points, including two triples, and 11 rebounds in the loss.
After the first ten minutes of action, UMES and Savannah State were tied, 10-10, until the Lady Tigers created separation as they went on an 11-7 run within the next four minutes, 21-17. The Lady Hawks would take the lead, 22-21, after a bucket by Kelly. SSU responded by scoring seven unanswered to re-take the lead with nearly two minutes in the half, 29-22. The Lady Hawks finished the first half on a 4-0 run, including a triple from Stewart to make the halftime score, 29-26.
For Savannah State, they shot 44-percent from beyond the arc, including 7-of-13 in the first half. Ezinne Kalu led the Lady Tigers with 21 points, a game-high, and four dimes while Kenyata Hendrix notched nine points in the victory.
Next Saturday (01/11), the Lady Hawks return to the William P. Hytche Athletic Center as they host their conference home opener against the Spartans of Norfolk State University. Game-time is slated for 2:00 p.m. (EST)
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