LADY HAWKS LOOK TO KEEP MOMENTUM GOING VERSUS HORNETS AND PIRATES
Taylor Thompson (pictured) scored a career-high 13 points in the win over Morgan State
Taylor Thompson (pictured) scored a career-high 13 points in the win over Morgan State

Feb. 21, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – As the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament looms, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team looks to keep the momentum going as they prepare to make a deep run into the tournament.

Tomorrow (02/22), the Lady Hawks travel to Dover, Del. to face Delaware State University inside Memorial Hall Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. (EST) Two days later (02/24), Maryland Eastern Shore returns home to take on the conference top team, Hampton University, at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Game-time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (EST)

LAST TIMEOUT

After last Saturday’s big win versus Howard University, the women’s basketball team put on an offensive clinic last Monday (02/17) as they overpowered the Lady Bears of Morgan State University, 91-46, to pick-up back-to-back wins for the first time since November 2013. Last Monday’s victory is the largest of the season, surpassing the previous mark, 23, set back on Nov. 11th at Maryland Baltimore-County.

TOP PERFORMERS

Maryland Eastern Shore shot a scorching 58-percent from the floor, 34-of-59, while six Lady Hawks reached double-digit points, including career-highs from Taylor Thompson (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Breonna Evans (Melfa, Va.), and Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.). Thompson notched 13 points while Evans and Kelly each scored 10 points in the victory.

Junior guard Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) filled the stat sheet, finishing with eight points, seven boards, and seven assists, while Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) continues to develop, registering 13 points and a new career-high five assists. TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.) sparked the Hawk attack as she scored 14 first half points (6-of-12) and finished with a team-high 15 points in the game.

MATCHUP PREVIEWS

Tomorrow’s contest is the first-meeting of the season between UMES and Delaware State with the Hornets leading the all-time series, 48-33, including last season’s season sweep over the Lady Hawks. In the first match-up, the Hornets defeated Maryland Eastern Shore, 67-52, inside Memorial Hall. Long and Karona Roach combined for 27 points in the loss. In the re-match, the Lady Hawks fell, 72-63, inside the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center. Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) recorded her first-career double-double, 11 points and 12 boards, in a losing effort.

This season, Delaware State enters 6-18 overall (1-11 MEAC) and twelfth in the conference, led by Raven Bankston and Denna Harmon. Bankston ranks among the top scorers in the MEAC, averaging 19.7 points-per-game (PPG), while Harmon chips in 12.0PPG and 6.9 rebounds-per-game (RPG). Tierra Hawkins, a 2013-14 Preseason MEAC Second Team honoree, is sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury. Prior to her injury, Hawkins was one of eight players in the country to average 20 points (20.7) and 10 boards (10.2) per game.

After Saturday’s showdown against the Lady Bison, Hampton comes in looking for a season sweep of the Lady Hawks. The Lady Pirates lead the all-time series, 34-6, including this season’s first match-up in Hampton, Va. Nearly two weeks ago (02/10), the women’s basketball team fell to Hampton University, 54-35, despite hanging tough with the conference elite team. In that contest, junior guard Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) notched a team-high 15 points while McCoy added eight points and three boards in the loss. For the Lady Pirates, Nicole Hamilton recorded a game-high 25 points while Brielle Ward pulled down 13 rebounds in the victory.

Since then, the Lady Pirates remain undefeated, 12-0, in the conference entering Saturday’s contest. Hampton’s Big Three, Malia Tate-DeFritas, Alyssa Bennett, and Nicole Hamilton, continues to guide the Lady Pirates this season. Prior to the season, Bennett and Hamilton were named 2013-14 MEAC Preseason First Team whereas Tate-DeFritas leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.2 points-per-game, which is fourth in the MEAC.

For the Lady Hawks, they come in 7-16 (3-8 MEAC) on the season and winners of their last two contests versus Howard and Morgan State. Long leads the team in scoring (14.7) while Sweeney ranks among the top shooters in the country, averaging nearly three long balls-per-game (2.9). Claybrooks guides the UMES bench squad, posting 7.7PPG. Click Here to view UMES Game Notes versus Delaware State. UMES Game Notes versus Hampton will be released at a later date.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

After Monday’s contest versus Hampton, the Lady Hawks hit the road for the next two games as they head to Baltimore to face Coppin State University on Mar. 1st, followed by a trip to Norfolk, Va. to square off against Norfolk State University (03/03). Game-times for both contests are 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.

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