LADY HAWKS EDGE OUT LIONS
Nov. 26, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team withstood a late rally to win their second consecutive game against the Lions of Lincoln (Pa.) University, 71-63, and improve to .500 on the season (3-3). Outstanding performances by Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.), Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.), and Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) guided the team to victory.
Less than a minute into the second half, a Long free-throw boosted the lead to double-digits, 41-31. A minute later, Lincoln’s Lisa Saunders hits a free-throw to trim the lead back down to nine, 41-32, but UMES went on a 7-0 run and jumped the lead to its largest margin of the game, 48-32. Near the 14-minute mark, the Lions made their run as they scored eight unanswered points to pull within eight, 48-40. A bucket from freshman Briana Sye (Harrisburg, Pa.) ended the Lady Hawks’ two-and-a-half minute drought and increased the lead to ten, 50-40, with just over 12 minutes in the game. For the next ten minutes, the Lions continued to fight their way back into the game, but UMES constantly answered the bell. With over two minutes to go in regulation, the Lady Hawks found themselves with a ten-point lead, 66-56, until Lincoln went on a 6-0 run with 74 seconds remaining on the clock, 67-63. The Lions fouled down the stretch, forcing the Lady Hawks to make crucial free-throws. Long and Sweeney each nailed a pair of clutch free-throws down the stretch to seal the victory, 71-63.
Long registered her first-career double-double as she scored a game-high 24 points and a career-high 10 boards. Sweeney found her rhythm by scoring all her points in the second half and finished with 12 points, including a game-high three triples.
After going scoreless for nearly two minutes to start the game, Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) drained a three-pointer to give UMES the lead, but Lincoln’s Cynthia Johnson tied the game after a three-ball of her own, 3-3. At the 16-minute mark, the Lady Hawks held a slim 10-8 lead. Four minutes later, a layup from Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) gave UMES a seven-point advantage, 16-9, largest lead at the time. The Lions battled back and kept the game close throughout until back-to-back free-throws from Udoji gave the Lady Hawks their first double-digit lead of the game, 28-17, with six-and-a-half remaining before halftime. Nearly a minute-and-a-half later, UMES increased the lead to 13 points, 32-19, after a layup by TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.). With 26 ticks before halftime, Lincoln cut the lead down to seven, 38-31, but a layup from Long raised the lead and made the halftime score 40-31.
Other notable Hawk performances included Udoji recording her fourth-career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Senior Shanyce Stewart grabbed 20 boards, a new career-high and most for a UMES player since Tiffany Winkfield did it back in 2002 against Norfolk State.
For the Lions, they fell to 3-2 overall and were led by Cynthia Johnson. Johnson netted 19 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists, all team-highs, in the loss.
The Lady Hawks begin a seven-game road trip beginning in West Long Branch, NJ where Monmouth University awaits. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
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