LADY HAWKS FALL SHORT TO EAGLES
Nov. 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – In their first road trip of the season, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team fell short to American University, 76-69. With the loss, the Lady Hawks fell to 0-2 overall whereas the Eagles improved to 1-0.
The guard duo of Jessica Long (Fort Washington, MD) and TeAmber Burke (Washington, NC) led the Hawk attack, combining for 51 points. Long scored 28 points on 11-for-17 shooting while Burke recorded 23 points, including 6-for-10 from downtown. With their performance, they became the ninth pair of teammates to register 20+ points in the same game since the 2005-06 season and the last duo since Adobi Agbasi and Chelsea Sanders (2/6/12). Other notable performances included Alexis Udoji (Randolph, MA) posting her fifth-career five-plus block performance with six blocks against the Eagles. In her efforts, Udoji tied Kristi Veltkamp with the second most five-plus block performances since the 2005-06 season (5), trailing Agbasi (18).
At halftime, UMES trailed American, 38-27. At the beginning of the second half, the Eagles scored the first five points to extend their lead, 43-27. Then, Long trimmed the lead down to thirteen, 46-30, after an and-one play. Next, American went on another mini-run by scoring five consecutive points to push the lead to eighteen, 48-30. With just under 12 minutes left, the Lady Hawks were down seventeen, 53-36, at the media timeout mark. After the timeout, the Eagles extended their lead as high as 19 points, 57-38, with over eight minutes remaining in the game. Next, UMES would go on a 9-3 run to cut the lead down to thirteen, 60-47. A Burke three-pointer cut the lead to ten, 60-50, with just less than six minutes to go in the game. American answered the Lady Hawks’ run and extended the lead back to fifteen, 69-54, including a three-pointer by American’s Lauren Crisler. Despite the deficit, UMES continued to battle and cut the Eagles’ lead down to ten, 71-61, with just under two minutes remaining. Afterwards, the deficit was too great to overcome as American hit their free-throws down the stretch to secure the victory over the Lady Hawks, 76-69.
In the first half, the Lady Hawks trailed, 7-5, near the 16-minute mark. Then, back-to-back free-throws by Long tied the game, 7-7. With less than 12 minutes remaining in the first half, UMES only trailed American by one point, 14-13. Over the next four minutes, both teams remained close and the Eagles had a 20-17 lead with nearly seven-and-a-half to go. Next, Long’s three-pointer tied the game, 20-20, but American would go on a 6-0 run to create separation, 26-20. With two-and-a-half remaining, two free-throws made by Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, KY) cut the lead down to three, 30-27, but American responded. The Eagles’ late charge before halftime became the difference-maker as they ended the half on an 8-0 run to take an eleven-point lead at the break, 38-27.
For American, four Eagles tailled double-digit points, led by senior Alexis Dobbs (21). Senior Sarah Kiely grabbed a game-high 12 boards while junior Jen Dumiak had eight assists in the win.
The Lady Hawks travel to Baltimore, MD to face the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) at the RAC Arena. Game time is 1:00 p.m.
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