LADY HAWKS BEGIN HOME-STAND AGAINST HIGHLANDERS
Jan. 28, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Tomorrow (01/29), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team returns to the William P. Hytche Athletic Center to begin a four-game home-stand as they host their final non-conference opponent of the season, the Highlanders of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m. (EST)
The Lady Hawks rallied late, but were unable to complete the comeback as they fell to the Lady Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University (BCU), 78-70. UMES was down three points, 35-32, to open the second half and found themselves in a deeper hole as they trailed by 10 points, 54-44, with exactly 10:47 left in regulation. UMES made a run, scoring seven unanswered points. With less than three minutes remaining, Bethune-Cookman regained momentum to take an 11-point lead, 70-59. In the final minutes, UMES outscored BCU, 11-8, but was not enough as they fell to the final score, 78-70.
Junior guard Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) notched a team-high 17 points while sophomore forward Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) recorded another double-double on the season, 13 points and 11 rebounds. Other notable Hawk performances included Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.) scoring a season-high 10 points while Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) added 11 points off the bench in a losing effort.
Tomorrow’s match-up is the first-ever meeting between these two programs. For the Highlanders, they enter 5-18 overall, including a three-game skid, and are led by guard Shakia Robinson and forward Uju Nwankwo. Robinson, a graduate student, leads the team in scoring (11.3) while shooting an impressive 59-percent (114-of-194) from the floor. Meanwhile, Nwankwo, a senior from Bloomfield, Conn., averages nearly nine points (8.7) and nine boards (8.8) per contest.
For the Lady Hawks, they come in 3-13 (0-5 MEAC) on the season and looking to gain momentum as they position themselves to make a run in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament, which takes place March 10-15 inside the Norfolk Scope Arena (Norfolk, Va.). Long and Sweeney lead the Hawk attack, combining over 26 points-per-game (PPG). Stewart and Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) are the top rebounders on the squad, averaging a combined 17.7 boards-per-contest. Claybrooks is the low-post presence off the bench, posting 8.3PPG. Click Here to view UMES Game Notes.
After Wednesday’s contest, the Lady Hawks continue their home-stand and resume conference play against the Lady Aggies of North Carolina A&T University (NCAT) on Saturday, Feb. 1st inside the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center. Game-time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (EST) Two days later (02/03); UMES host North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Tip-off is 5:30 p.m. (EST)
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