THE MOUNT STRONG SHOOTING DOWNS UMES
Junior guard Shawnee Sweeney (pictured) paced the Hawk attack with 17 points
Junior guard Shawnee Sweeney (pictured) paced the Hawk attack with 17 points

Dec. 21, 2013

Box Score

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.

Other Hawk performances included Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) posting nine points and a game-high six assists while Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas. Va.) scored eight points off the bench.

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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