LADY HAWKS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT TO DSU
Feb. 22, 2014
DOVER, Del. – After back-to-back victories, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team came up short as they fell to the Lady Hornets of Delaware State University (DSU), 79-68, inside Memorial Hall Gymnasium.
With the setback, the Lady Hawks dropped to 7-17 overall (3-9 MEAC) while DSU improved to 7-18 (2-11 MEAC) on the season.
Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) controlled the paint as she recorded her seventh career double-double, 14 points and 15 boards, while Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.) added 10 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
Maryland Eastern Shore trailed coming out of halftime, 43-31, but fought their way back into the contest by cutting the deficit to single digits, 45-37, with less than four minutes into the second period. The Lady Hornets made back-to-back buckets to extend their lead back to double-digits, 49-37, but the Lady Hawks would not give in. In a seven-minute span, UMES outscored DSU, 17-7, including a three ball from Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.), to take their first lead of the game, 54-52.
With less than eight minutes to go in the game, the Lady Hawks’ lead was short-lived as a three-pointer from N’Kayah Kersey gave DSU the lead back, 55-54. Once the Lady Hornets reclaimed the lead, they never looked back as they went on a 20-8 run after trailing for the first time in the contest, 72-62. The Lady Hawks attempted to make another rally, but it was too late as Maryland Eastern Shore fell, 79-68.
Freshman guard Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) recorded 11 points and five boards while Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) and Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) each added nine points in a losing effort.
With just under nine minutes before intermission, UMES tied the game, 18-18, after a fast-break layup from Long. Delaware State built momentum going into the half as they regained the lead and took a double-digit lead, 32-21, with less than five minutes before halftime. Maryland Eastern Shore cut the deficit as low as seven, 38-31, after a driving layup by Kelly, but the Hornets scored the final five points of the half to make the halftime score, 43-31.
For DSU, they shot over 53-percent (26-of-49) from the floor, including nearly 67-percent (8-of-12) from beyond the arc. Raven Bankston scored a new career-high 36 points, the most by any individual opponent this season. Kersey netted 13 points whereas Jade Washington registered 11 points in the victory.
Up next, the Lady Hawks return to the William P. Hytche Athletic Center on Monday, Feb. 24th where they will face the top team in the conference, Hampton University. Game-time is booked for 5:30 p.m. (EST)
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