Sophomore Ashleigh Claybrooks (pictured) has eight double-doubles so far this season
Sophomore Ashleigh Claybrooks (pictured) has eight double-doubles so far this season

Feb. 28, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team plays their final two road games of the season in re-matches at Coppin State University (CSU) and Norfolk State University (NSU).

Tomorrow (03/01), Maryland Eastern Shore takes on the Eagles inside in the Physical Education Complex, located in Baltimore. Game-time is slated for 2:00 p.m. (EST)

Two days later (03/03), the Lady Hawks play their final road contest of the season in Norfolk, Va. where they will face Norfolk State University. Tip-off is booked for 6:00 p.m. (EST)


Last Monday (02/24), the team ran into the top team in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Hampton University, and lost to the final score, 90-62. Despite the setback, the Lady Hawks outrebounded Hampton, 61-47, and fought and clawed all game, but Hampton was too much as they knocked off Maryland Eastern Shore.


Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) posting her eighth double-double of the season, 11 points and 15 rebounds. Junior guard Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) had a team-high 19 points while grabbing five boards. Freshmen Briana Mack (Harrisburg, Pa.) and Briana Sye (Harrisburg, Pa.) each registered new career-highs as Mack scored eight points whereas Sye added seven points in a losing effort.




Entering Saturday’s contest, Coppin State leads the all-time series, 34-23, including last month (02/08) when the Lady Hawks were unable to slow down CSU as they lost, 80-64, inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. In that contest, Claybrooks registered a double-double whereas freshman guard Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) added 10 points in a losing effort. For Coppin State, Kyra Coleman scored 30 points while Omaah Tayong notched a double-double in the win.

Since then, the Eagles come in .500 (13-13) overall with a 10-4 MEAC record, which is third in the conference. Coleman continues to guide the Lady Eagles down the stretch, leading the team in scoring (16.3). Larissa Carter and Ashle Craig have combined for over 25 points-per-game (PPG) this season.

After their matchup against in-state rival, Hampton, on Saturday, the Spartans host Maryland Eastern Shore inside Joseph Echols Hall. Prior to Monday’s game, NSU leads the all-time series, 22-13, including Jan.11th win over the Lady Hawks, 73-66, at the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center. In that game, Long led the Hawk attack, recording a new career-high 29 points. Other notable performances included UMES bench, led by Claybrooks, Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.), and TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.), tallying 27 points combined in the loss. For the Spartans, Rachel Gordon recorded a double-double while Rae Corbo added a team-high 20 points in the victory.

Since that time, Norfolk State enters 11-13 overall (7-11 MEAC), including a road win over Howard University, 79-74. Gordon and Corbo are the Spartans one-two punch. Gordon averages a double-double, 12PPG and 12 rebounds-per-game (RPG), while Corbo leads the team in scoring (13.1) and assists (3.1).

For the Lady Hawks, Long continues to be the Lady Hawks playmaker as she leads the team in scoring (14.7) and assists (4.4). Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) is second on the team in scoring (10.0), while Claybrooks registers 8.1PPG and 7.8RPG for Maryland Eastern Shore. Click Here to view UMES Game Notes versus Coppin State. Maryland Eastern Shore Game Notes against Norfolk State will be released at a later date.


Next Thursday (03/06), the Lady Hawks play their final regular season game inside the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center as they host Delaware State University on Senior Day. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. (EST)

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