LADY HAWKS LOOK FOR UPSET BID OVER COPPIN STATE
March 12, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Tomorrow (3/13), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team looks to keep their hot streak going as they face Coppin State University (CSU) inside the Norfolk Scope Arena. Tip-off is slated for noon (EST) Click Here to watch the action live from your home.
UMES pulled off the big upset on the women’s side in the opening round as they knocked off Norfolk State University (NSU), 70-66, and moved into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Quarterfinals.
Over four minutes into the second period, the Spartans opened on a 16-4 run to increase their halftime lead, 45-32, the largest of the game. In the next five minutes, Maryland Eastern Shore fought back as they cut the deficit to three, 49-46, after going on a 14-4 run. The Spartans withstood UMES rally as they went on another run, 7-3, to create separation, but the Lady Hawks continued to claw away at the lead.
In the final moments, Maryland Eastern Shore reclaimed the lead for the first time since the 3:20 mark back in the first period after a layup from Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.), 65-64. At this moment, the Lady Hawks matured before the UMES faithful eyes as they nailed 5-of-6 free-throws down the stretch to seal the upset, 70-66.
Other notable Hawk performances included Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) coming off the bench scoring 13 points whereas Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) added eight points in the upset win.
Entering tomorrow’s game, this is the third meeting between these two teams this season as the Eagles swept the regular-season series, 2-0. Coppin State leads the all-time series, 35-23, but this is only the second meeting ever between the two institutions in postseason play. The last postseason meeting took place inside the Richmond Coliseum, located in Richmond, Va., during the 1997-98 season with the Eagles defeating Maryland Eastern Shore, 76-70.
On Feb. 8th, Maryland Eastern Shore was unable to slow down a hot shooting Coppin State team as they lost, 80-64, inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Claybrooks registered her sixth career double-double to pace the Hawk attack whereas freshman guard Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) added 10 points in a losing effort. The Lady Eagles shot nearly 53-percent, 36-for-68, from the floor, led by Kyra Coleman scoring a new career-high 30 points whereas Omaah Tayong notched a double-double in the win.
In the rematch (03/01), UMES was unable to even the score versus CSU as they fell to the Eagles, 80-48, inside the Physical Education Complex. Ten Lady Hawks scored in the contest, led by Long and McCoy each registering eight points in the loss. For Coppin State, Coleman finished with a double-double while Larrisa Carter and Ashle Craig combined for 30 points in the victory.
Since then, the Eagles finished the regular-season 15-13 overall (12-4 MEAC), earning the No. 3 spot in the tournament. Seniors Coleman and Carter spearhead the Eagles attack as they combine for 30 points-per-game (PPG). Coleman, a MEAC All-Conference First Team selection, leads the club in scoring with just under 17PPG (16.9). Carter, a MEAC All-Conference Second Team honoree, provides the low-post presence as she is second on the team in scoring (13.4). Other notable CSU player is Craig as she is the third-option for the team, averaging under 13PPG (12.5).
For the Lady Hawks, they come in 9-20 (4-12 MEAC) on the season, including Monday’s upset victory over NSU, and earned the No. 11 seed in the MEAC Tournament. Long, named to the College Sports Madness 2013-14 MEAC All-Conference Team, has led the team in multiple categories, including points (14.2), assists (4.2), and steals (1.8). Sweeney has proven to be one of the best shooters in the MEAC, including a 4-of-7 performance from beyond the arc against the Spartans last Monday. Click Here to view UMES Game Notes versus Coppin State.
A UMES victory will push the team into the MEAC Semifinals where they will face the winner of the North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT) and Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) match-up. The contest will take place on Friday, March 14th at 2:30 p.m. (EST) A loss ends the women’s 2013-14 campaign. Click Here to view the MEAC Women’s Basketball Bracket.
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