THE MOUNT STRONG SHOOTING DOWNS UMES
Dec. 21, 2013
EMMITSBURG, Md. – In their 12th meeting, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team ran into a hot shooting Mount St. Mary’s team as the Lady Hawks fell, 85-61. With the loss, UMES falls to 3-8 overall while The Mount improved to 5-6 on the season.
For the Lady Hawks, three players recorded double-digit points, led by junior guard Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) pacing UMES with 17 points, including five three-pointers. With her performance, Sweeney has nailed five triples in back-to-back contests. Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) and Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) each notched 10 points in the loss.
In the second half, the Lady Hawks found themselves in a deeper hole after trailing, 40-20, as The Mount scored the first six points of the half until the long ball from Sweeney ended Mount St. Mary’s run, 46-23. Sweeney’s shot awakened UMES as the team went on a 12-3 run with exactly 13:30 remaining in the contest, 49-35. Within the next five minutes, The Mount regrouped and increased their lead back to 20 points, 62-42. UMES wrestled their way back into the game, but The Mount finished the game on a 10-3 run to make the final score, 85-61.
After a slow start from both teams, UMES got on the board first after a three-pointer by Sweeney, 3-0, but Mount St. Mary’s took the lead, 12-10, with more than 12 minutes before halftime. Within the next three minutes, The Mount went on a 9-1 run to boost the lead, 21-11, forcing UMES head coach Fred Batchelor to request a timeout. After the Lady Hawks’ timeout, UMES continued to struggle from the floor as they went scoreless for the next four minutes until a three-pointer from Sweeney ended UMES’ drought, 30-14. With less than a minute to go before intermission, the Lady Hawks themselves down, 40-16, until a late run, including a layup from Briana Sye (Harrisburg, Pa.) with only two ticks left before halftime, would cut into the deficit, 40-20.
For the Mount, the team shot a scorching 52% from the floor (29-for-56) while two players scored 20+ points, led by Ashley Christie and Sydney Henderson. Christie had a game-high 22 points, including 4-for-5 from the arc, whereas Henderson finished with 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Kayla Grossett recorded a double-double, 10 points and 11 boards, in the victory.
The Lady Hawks continue their seven-game road trip as they open conference play against the Lady Bulldogs of South Carolina State University on Dec. 30th. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. (EST)
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