CAVS RALLY AFTER THE LADY HAWKS STRONG START
Dec. 17, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team pounced on the University of Virginia (UVA) early, but the Cavs rebounded to win, 81-46. With the loss, the Lady Hawks dropped to 3-7 overall while the Cavs improved to 4-5, snapping a four-game skid.
Junior guards Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) and Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) paced the Hawk attack. Sweeney tallied 15 points, including five triples (5-for-13), whereas Long scored 14 points and a team-high five assists.
After trailing at halftime, 36-23, UMES found themselves in a deeper hole as the Cavs went on an 18-8 run to open the half, 54-31. UVA’s hot streak continued as they increased their lead, 63-31, with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation. Within the next five minutes, the Lady Hawks battled back as they cut the deficit, 67-41, including a three-pointer by TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.). UMES continued to fight, but were unable to recover as they fell, 81-46.
Other notable Hawk performances included Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) grabbing eight rebounds, three steals, and a block while Taylor Thompson (Chapel Hill, N.C.) chipped in six points off the bench. The Lady Hawks were held to 30% from the floor in the loss.
Within the first two minutes of the game, UMES jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, including back-to-back three pointers by Sweeney, until the Cavs rallied to score eight straight to pull the game even, 8-8. Virginia took the lead, 14-12, after a three-ball from Faith Randolph, but a layup from Udoji made the contest deadlocked, 14-14, with exactly 10:24 to go before halftime. In the next six minutes, UVA went on a 12-3 run to create separation, 26-17, but the Lady Hawks refused to give in as they scored the next five points, 26-22. The Cavs withstood UMES’ comeback and finished the half on a 10-1 run, including a jumper from Tiffany Suarez with six ticks before intermission, 36-23.
For the Cavs, Randolph had team-highs in points (22) and assists (5) while Lexie Gerson posted nine points and a game-high 10 boards. Ataira Franklin added 11 points and four dimes in the victory.
The Lady Hawks continue their seven-game road trip as they head to Emmitsburg, Md. to play Mount St. Mary’s University on Saturday, Dec. 21st. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.
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