UMES BRINGS BACK SEVERAL LADY HAWKS NEXT SEASON
April 17, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Last week, the college basketball season came to a close after the University of Connecticut (UCONN) men’s and women’s basketball teams were crowned kings and queens of the court.
Despite the season being over, it’s never too early to talk about next season. Looking forward into 2014-15 season, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team anticipates 13 returners, consisting of two seniors, seven juniors, and four sophomores. Let’s breakdown the team:
The Lady Hawks saw seniors Breonna Evans (Melfa, Va.) and Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) compete in their final collegiate game versus Coppin State University (CSU) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Quarterfinals. In their four seasons, they won 41 contests, including 24 MEAC games.
This season, Evans participated in 24 games (13 starts) and set career-highs in multiple categories. Evans’ best performance came in the home victory over Morgan State University (MSU) where she established a new career-high 10 points.
In four seasons, she played 41 games (13 starts) while tallying 46 points, 22 rebounds, nine assists, five steals, and three blocks. Academically, Evans was named to the MEAC Commissioner’s Al-Academic Team twice during her stint.
Stewart finished her senior campaign third on the team in total rebounds (156), including six 10+ rebound performances. Stewart’s best performance came in the home win over Lincoln (Pa.) University as she registered a career-high 20 boards. In her efforts, Stewart recorded the most rebounds in a single game dating back to the 2005-06, surpassing April McBride’s 19 rebound mark set back over six seasons ago (02/02/08).
Stewart wrapped up her career participating in 99 games (51 starts) while recording 600 boards, 221 points, 95 steals, 51 assists, and 19 blocks. In her junior season, she was tabbed to the MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team.
Long played all 30 games (29 starts) and led the team in multiple categories, including points (14.0), assists (4.2), and steals (1.8). The Fort Washington-native had numerous moments throughout the season, including the game-winning shot to knock off George Mason University back in November. Long’s best-overall performance came in a losing effort against Norfolk State University (01/11/14) where she posted a season-high 29 points and eight steals. Long also received postseason honors as she was named the 2013-14 College Sports Madness MEAC All-Conference Team.
Sweeney competed in all 30 games (17 starts) and finished second on the team in scoring (10.0) and minutes (25.6). This past season, she ranked among the top sharpshooters in the conference as she netted 78 three-pointers, which led the MEAC. Sweeney’s top performance came in the road win over UMBC back in November as she notched a season-high 22 points.
UMES expects seven rising juniors on the roster next season: TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.); Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.); Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.); Jameelah Pickard (Greensboro, N.C.); Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.); Taylor Thompson (Chapel Hill, N.C.); and Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.).
Burke finished her sophomore campaign playing in all 30 games (13 starts) and averaged 5.7 points-per-game (PPG) and 2.5 rebounds-per-game (RPG). The North Carolina-native’s best performance came in the road loss to American University (11/12/13) where she registered season-highs in points (23) and boards (8).
Prior to the season, Claybrooks was selected to the 2013-14 MEAC Preseason All-Conference Second Team. This season, Claybrooks participated in all 30 contests (four starts) and led the team in rebounds (7.9). Despite primarily coming off the bench, she notched nine double-doubles, including her first double-double in the road victory over UMBC (11/16/13). Claybrooks set a new career-high with 17 points in the home win over North Carolina Central University (NCCU) back in February.
Due to injury, Kelly missed a third of the season as she played in 20 games (18 starts). Once Kelly returned, she became another low-post defender as she finished second on the team in blocks (1.3). Offensively, Kelly led the Lady Hawks in field-goal percentage (50%) and set a career-high, 10 points, on three separate occasions.
A season-ending injury sidelined Pickard during the 2013-14 season. In her freshman year, she competed in 20 games (one start) while tallying 2.2PPG and 1.1 RPG.
Taylor saw action in all 30 contests (10 starts) while finishing second on the squad in three-pointers made (33) and total assists (39). The Louisville-native netted a season-high 12 points twice during the season, including against Coppin State in the MEAC Quarterfinals.
Thompson played in 24 games (three starts) and averaged nearly 11 minutes-per-game (MPG). Thompson had her best performance of the season versus Morgan State (02/17/14) where she recorded season-highs in points (13) and assists (2).
Among the top defenders a season ago, Udoji competed in 28 contests (14 starts) and led the team in total blocks (48). Before the season, Udoji was named to the 2013-14 College Sports Madness MEAC Preseason All-Conference Second Team. On Nov. 25th, she won MEAC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Additionally, Udoji had three double-doubles on the season, including the overtime home win over George Mason (11/23/13).
The Lady Hawks predict four rising sophomore going into the 2014-15 season: Briana Mack (Harrisburg, Pa.); Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.); Moengaroa Subritzky (Auckland, New Zealand); and Briana Sye (Harrisburg, N.C.).
Mack played limited minutes during her first season as she took part in 13 games. Mack scored a season-high eight points in a losing effort versus Hampton University back in February.
McCoy came on strong towards the end of the season as she competed in 28 contests (15 starts). The South Carolina-native produced two 20+ point performances in her rookie season, including 27 points in the home victory over New Jersey Institute of Technology (01/29/14). On Feb. 24th, McCoy was selected MEAC Rookie of the Week.
Subritzky did not play this season as she was red-shirted. Subritzky will make a contribution during the 2014-15 season.
Last season, Sye played 19 games in a reserve role for the Lady Hawks. The Harrisburg-native best overall performance was in a loss to Hampton (02/24/14) where she set season-highs in points (7) and minutes (20).
Last season, UMES finished among the top-third in the nation in three-pointers-made (6.4), which was 85th-out-of-343 institutions. Furthermore, Maryland Eastern Shore defended the three-point arc, holding opponents to 27-percent, which was 21st in the NCAA.
Gazing into next season, Maryland Eastern Shore looks to go deeper into the MEAC Tournament for a chance to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament next March. Click Here to view UMES Final Game Notes.
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