LADY HAWKS LOOK TO REBOUND AGAINST MOUNT ST. MARY'S
Junior Shawnee Sweeney (pictured) recorded a team-high 15 points in the loss to UVA
Junior Shawnee Sweeney (pictured) recorded a team-high 15 points in the loss to UVA

Dec. 20, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Tomorrow (12/21), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team looks to rebound and end their four-game slide on the road against Mount St. Mary’s University (MSM) at Knott Arena. Game-time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (EST)

LAST TIMEOUT

The Lady Hawks pounced early on the University of Virginia (UVA), but the Cavs rebounded to win, 81-46. Within the first two minutes of the game, UMES jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, including back-to-back three pointers by Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.), until the Cavs rallied to score eight straight to pull the game even, 8-8. Virginia took the lead, 14-12, after a three-ball from Faith Randolph, but a layup from Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) made the contest deadlocked, 14-14, with exactly 10:24 to go before halftime. In the next six minutes, UVA went on a 12-3 run to create separation, 26-17, but the Lady Hawks refused to give in as they scored the next five points, 26-22. The Cavs withstood UMES’ comeback and finished the half on a 10-1 run, including a jumper from Tiffany Suarez with six ticks before intermission, 36-23.

After trailing at halftime, 36-23, UMES found themselves in a deeper hole as the Cavs went on an 18-8 run to open the half, 54-31. UVA’s hot streak continued as they increased their lead, 63-31, with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation. Within the next five minutes, the Lady Hawks battled back as they cut the deficit, 67-41, including a three-pointer by TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.). UMES continued to fight, but were unable to recover as they fell, 81-46.

TOP PERFORMERS

Sweeney and Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) paced the Hawk attack as Sweeney tallied 15 points, including five triples (5-for-13), whereas Long scored 14 points and a team-high five assists. Other notable Hawk performances included Udoji grabbing eight rebounds, three steals, and a block while Taylor Thompson (Chapel Hill, N.C.) chipped in six points off the bench.

MATCHUP PREVIEW

This is the 12th meeting between the two institutions and Mount St. Mary’s is undefeated in the all-time series (11-0), including last season’s 62-58 narrow victory over the Lady Hawks. In that contest, seven current UMES players played, including three starters. Karona Roach led the Lady Hawks with 20 points while Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) and Sha-Kiyla Finney each added 11 points in the loss. For the Mount, Selina Mann matched Roach’s point total (20) whereas Sydney Henderson recorded a double-double, 13 points and 12 boards, in the win.

This season, Mount St. Mary’s has accumulated a 4-6 overall record, including victories over Loyola and American. Henderson is Mount St. Mary’s top returner as she leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.1 points-per-game (PPG). Entering this week, Henderson was the third leading scorer in the Northeast Conference (NEC), posting 18.1 points-per-contest. Other notable Mount St. Mary’s players include Jacqueline Brewer, second-leading scorer on the team (9.3), and Jessie Kaufman, third leading scorer on the team (7.6). Click Here to view Mount St. Mary’s game notes.

For the Lady Hawks, they enter 3-7 overall and ranked among the conference leaders in rebounds-per-game (47.3) and three-pointer-made-per-game (6.5). Long leads the team in multiple categories, including points-per-game (15.4) and assists-per-game (4.5). Udoji is second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in rebounds-per-game (9.9) and blocks-per-game (2.1) whereas Sweeney is the conference’s top sharpshooter, averaging 3.1 three-pointers-per-game. Click Here to view UMES game notes.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

After Saturday afternoon’s matchup against the Mount, the Lady Hawks begins conference play on the road in Orangeburg, S.C. where South Carolina State awaits (12/30). Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. (EST)

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