LADY HAWKS OVERPOWER MORGAN STATE
Taylor Thompson (pictured) scored a career-high 13 points in the win over Morgan State
Taylor Thompson (pictured) scored a career-high 13 points in the win over Morgan State

Feb. 17, 2014

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – After Saturday’s big win versus Howard University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team put on an offensive clinic as they overpowered the Lady Bears of Morgan State University, 91-46, to pick-up back-to-back wins for the first time since November 2013. Tonight’s victory is the largest of the season, surpassing the previous mark, 23, set back on Nov. 11th at Maryland Baltimore-County.

With the victory, the Lady Hawks improved to 7-16 overall (3-8 MEAC) while Morgan State fell to 2-22 (0-11 MEAC) on the season.

Maryland Eastern Shore shot a scorching 58-percent from the floor, 34-of-59, while six Lady Hawks reached double-digit points, including career-highs from Taylor Thompson (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Breonna Evans (Melfa, Va.), and Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.). Thompson notched 13 points, including 3-of-6 from downtown, while Evans and Kelly each scored 10 points in the victory.

The Lady Hawks came out of halftime on fire as they went on a 16-8 run to take a commanding 33-point lead, 60-27, after nearly four minutes into the second period. Morgan State battled, but they were unable to stop the Lady Hawks’ offensive attack.

A three-pointer from Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) ballooned UMES’ lead to 42-points, 75-33, with over seven minutes to go in regulation. In the final minutes, Thompson hit her third long ball of the evening to give Maryland Eastern Shore a 47-point lead, 91-44, but a late bucket by La’Quacious Adams made the final score, 91-46.

Junior guard Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) filled the stat sheet, finishing with eight points, seven boards, and seven assists, while Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) continues to develop, registering 13 points and a new career-high five assists in the win.

UMES took an early 8-4 lead after nearly four-and-a-half minutes of action and built on their lead in a matter of minutes. Within the next eight minutes, the Lady Hawks outscored Morgan State, 19-11, to take a double-digit lead, 27-15. In the final seven minutes of the half, UMES closed on a 17-4 run to take a commanding halftime lead, 44-19.

In the first half, Maryland Eastern Shore played a complete all-around performance on both ends of the court as they shot nearly 55-percent (18-of-33) while holding the Lady Bears to only 23-percent (7-of-30) from the field. TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.) sparked the Hawk attack as she scored 14 first half points (6-of-12) and finished with 15 points in the game.

For the Lady Bears, Tracy Carrington posted a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds while Dinah Jones added 10 points in the loss.

This Saturday (02/22), the Lady Hawks travel to Dover, Del. where Delaware State University awaits. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. (EST) Two days later (02/24); Maryland Eastern Shore returns home to face the Lady Pirates of Hampton University. Game-time is slated for 5:30 p.m. (EST)

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