LADY HAWKS LOOK TO REMAIN HOT AGAINST MONMOUTH
Senior Shanyce Stewart (pictured) is among the conference leaders in rebounds, averaging 11.6 boards-per-game
Senior Shanyce Stewart (pictured) is among the conference leaders in rebounds, averaging 11.6 boards-per-game

Dec. 1, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – On Tuesday (12/3/13), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team looks for their first three-game winning streak since the 2010-11 season as they face the Hawks of Monmouth University. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

LAST TIMEOUT

The Lady Hawks withstood a late rally to defeat Lincoln (Pa.) University, 71-63. With over two minutes to go in regulation, UMES found themselves with a ten-point lead, 66-56, until Lincoln went on a 6-0 run with 74 seconds remaining on the clock, 67-63. The Lions fouled down the stretch, forcing the Lady Hawks to make crucial free-throws. UMES nailed a pair of clutch free-throws down the stretch to seal the victory, 71-63.

TOP PERFORMERS

Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) registered her first-career double-double as she scored a game-high 24 points and a career-high 10 boards. Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) found her rhythm by scoring all her points in the second half and finished with 12 points, including a game-high three triples.

Other notable Hawk performances included Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) recording her fourth-career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Senior Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) grabbed 20 boards, a new career-high and most for a UMES player since Tiffany Winkfield did it back in 2002 against Norfolk State.

MATCHUP PREVIEW

Entering Tuesday’s matchup, UMES comes in 3-3 overall for the first time since the 2007-08 season where they finished 17-13 (10-6 MEAC). On the other hand, the Monmouth Hawks enter winless (0-7), including this morning’s contest against Bowling Green State University where they fell 71-48.

This is the fourth meeting between UMES and Monmouth with the Lady Hawks trailing the series, 3-0. The last meeting took place in West Long Branch (N.J.) where Monmouth defeated UMES, 59-47, back on Dec. 12, 2002. In that contest, Tiffany Winkfield paced the Lady Hawks with a team-high 12 points while Antoinette Daniels registered a team-leading nine boards in the loss.

This season, the Monmouth Hawks are led by senior Chevannah Paalvast. Paalvast leads the team in multiple categories including points-per-game (11.8), rebounds-per-game (6.5), and steals-per-game (1.0). Other notable Monmouth player to watch is freshman guard Helena Kurt as she was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Week once this season.

For the Lady Hawks, they remain among the conference leaders in multiple categories, including points-per-game (71.0), rebounds-per-game (53.0), and three-pointers-made-per-game (6.7). Long continues to be an offensive threat, averaging 19.3 points-per-game, which is fifth in the MEAC. In the rebounding department, Stewart is second in the conference (11.6) while reigning MEAC Defensive Player of the Week, Udoji, is third (10.5). Sweeney stays among on the sharpshooters in the conference, averaging 2.8 three-pointers-per-contests.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

After Tuesday’s battle with Monmouth, the Lady Hawks travel to Norfolk (Va.) to face the Lady Monarchs of Old Dominion University on Saturday, Dec. 7th. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.

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