Junior Jessica Long scored 12 points in last season's match-up versus the Patriots
Junior Jessica Long scored 12 points in last season's match-up versus the Patriots

Nov. 22, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Tomorrow (11/23), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team returns to the William P. Hytche Athletic Center to host George Mason University. Game time is 2:00 p.m.


UMES lost to Syracuse University, 113-42, at the Carrier Dome. At halftime, UMES trailed, 64-15, to the Orange. In the second half, Syracuse scored on a jumper by Brittney Sykes to extend the lead, 66-15, but a three-pointer by Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, VA) would cut into the Orange lead, 66-18. With just over seven minutes remaining, UMES’ Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, SC) scored on a lay-up to make the score, 92-36, but the Orange continued to make shots. Syracuse ended the game on a 21-6 run to win, 113-42.


Nine Lady Hawks scored, led by sophomore Alexis Udoji (Randolph, MA). Udoji led the Lady Hawks with 10 points, five boards, and two blocks. Senior Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, NY) had a team-high six rebounds, including three offensive boards, while junior Jessica Long (Fort Washington, MD) chipped in nine points in the loss.


Entering Saturday afternoon’s contest, the Lady Hawks have amassed a1-3 overall record whereas the Patriots come in 4-1 overall, winners of four straight, including last night’s victory over St. Francis, 97-62.

Overall, George Mason leads the all-time series, 5-0, including last season’s win over the Lady Hawks, 64-38. In that game, Long had 12 points, three steals, and two assists. Stewart came off the bench and produced a game-high nine boards in the loss. For the Patriots, three players recorded double-digit points, led by Rahneeka Saunders (13). Janaa Pickard and Kyana Jacobs also scored a combined 21 points in the victory.

This season, three Patriots are averaging 10+ points-per-game (ppg), led by Taylor Brown. Brown averages 18.0ppg, 5.0 rebounds-per-game (rpg), and shooting 90% from the free-throw line. Pickard comes in averaging a double-double, 15.6ppg & 10.8rpg, while Sandra Ngoie comes off the bench posting 11.4ppg, which is third on the team.

For the Lady Hawks, three UMES players also average 10+ppg, led by Long (16.3). Long also leads the team in assists-per-game (4.0) and minutes-per-contest (29.3). TeAmber Burke (Washington, NC) is second on the team in scoring (12.3) and leads the Lady Hawks in three-point percentage (47%) while Sweeney averages three three-pointer-per-game and third in scoring (10.8).


After Saturday’s matchup, the Lady Hawks conclude their two-game home-stand against Lincoln (PA) University on Tuesday, Nov. 26th before beginning a seven-game road trip. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.

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