LADY HAWKS SEASON COMES TO AN END; FALLS TO CSU
March 13, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. – On the fourth day of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team’s season came to a close as they lost to Coppin State University (CSU), 80-62, in the MEAC Quarterfinals, located inside the Norfolk Scope Arena.
“Coppin State played a really good game today,” commented Maryland Eastern Shore head coach Fred Batchelor. “We tried to give them some problems by staying in a zone and hoping they would not shoot the ball well, but they found other ways to be successful on the offensive end."
With the loss, the Lady Hawks finished their 2013-14 campaign 9-21 overall while the Eagles moved to 16-13 on the season and into the MEAC Semifinals to face North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT).
Sophomores TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.) and Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) guided Maryland Eastern Shore as they combined for 26 points. Burke had a team-high 14 points and seven boards while Taylor netted 12 points, including 3-of-6 from downtown, in a losing effort.
Freshman guard Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) opened the second half with a three-pointer to narrow the gap to a two-possession contest, 34-28. CSU responded, scoring the next six points to balloon their lead to double-digits, 40-28, within the first couple minutes of the second period. Near the 16-minute mark, the Eagles held a commanding lead, 46-31, and never let up. A steal and layup from Coppin State’s Ashle Craig increased the lead to the largest of the game, 54-32, with less than 12 minutes to go in regulation.
Over the next four minutes, UMES battled back as they went on a 9-2 run to trim the deficit, 56-41, but Coppin State withstood Maryland Eastern Shore’s late charge as a long ball from Kyra Coleman grew the lead back to twenty-one, 69-48, with nearly four-and-a-half to go in the game. Despite the looming outcome, the Lady Hawks battled until the final buzzer to lose, 80-62.
"I thought their defense and their ability to anticipate what we were going to do was huge," Batchelor added. "You can’t do that and compete with a team that’s able to put the ball in the basket the they way they do.”
Other notable Hawk performances included Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds while Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) added eight points and a team-high four assists in the loss.
Coppin State opened the first four-and-a-half minutes on a 14-2 run and held a double-digit lead for nearly 10 minutes until the Lady Hawks made their move. On two separate occasions, the Lady Hawks cut the deficit as low as five, including within the final minutes of the half after a three ball from McCoy, 28-23. The Eagles scored the last six-out-of-eight points in the half to take a nine-point lead, 34-25.
For the Eagles, Coleman was an assist away from recording a triple-double as she finished with a game-high 22 points, 11 boards, and nine assists whereas Craig and Larissa Carter each notched 15 points in the win.
Looking forward into next season, Maryland Eastern Shore enters the offseason returning 13 players, including the team’s top two scorers, Long and Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.). UMES loses seniors Breonna Evans (Melfa, Va.) and Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) due to graduation.
Evans, a two-time member of the MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team, finished her Hawk career playing in 40 games (13 starts) with 46 points, 20 boards, nine assists, five steals, and three blocks. Stewart, also a member of the MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team, wraps-up her four-year career competing in 99 games (51 starts) with 600 rebounds, 221 points, 92 steals, 51 assists, and 19 blocks.
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