LADY HAWKS SET TO OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY ON THE ROAD AGAINST LADY BULLDOGS
Junior Shawnee Sweeney (pictured) among the nation's top sharpshooters
Junior Shawnee Sweeney (pictured) among the nation's top sharpshooters

Dec. 29, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Tomorrow (12/30), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team returns to the hardwood as they travel to Orangeburg, S.C. to face conference foe, South Carolina State University. For the Lady Hawks, this is their first conference opponent of the season.

LAST TIMEOUT

The Lady Hawks ran into a hot shooting Mount St. Mary’s team as the team fell, 85-61. In the second half, the Lady Hawks found themselves in a deeper hole after trailing, 40-20, as The Mount scored the first six points of the half until the long ball from Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) ended Mount St. Mary’s run, 46-23. Sweeney’s shot awakened UMES as the team went on a 12-3 run with exactly 13:30 remaining in the contest, 49-35. UMES wrestled their way back into the game, but The Mount finished the game on a 10-3 run to make the final score, 85-61.

TOP PERFORMERS

Three UMES players recorded double-digit points, led by Sweeney pacing the Hawk attack with 17 points, including five three-pointers. Other Hawk performances included Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) posting nine points and a game-high six assists while Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas. Va.) scored eight points off the bench. Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) and Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) each notched 10 points in the loss.


 

 

MATCHUP PREVIEW

This is the 50th meeting between UMES and South Carolina State, dating back to 1982, where the Lady Bulldogs lead the all-time series, 28-21, and the first-meeting since January 2011. In that contest, South Carolina State defeated UMES, 73-62, inside the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center (S-H-M Memorial Center). Kwinnyata Mercer had a game-high 15 points while Amber Cook recorded seven points and five assists. Senior Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) is the lone UMES player who participated in the last meeting where she finished with seven points and six boards in the loss.

Entering Monday’s matchup, the Lady Hawks come in 3-8 overall whereas South Carolina State enters 1-8 on the season with their lone victory against Presbyterian College, 43-41. The Lady Bulldogs are led by Kourtney Williams and Mykala Jones. Williams leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.3 points-per-game (PPG), while Jones scores over ten a game (10.1).

For UMES, they are among the conference leaders in rebounds-per-game (46.5) and three-pointer-made-per-game (6.6). Long spearheads the Hawk attack, leading the team in multiple categories, including points-per-game (14.8) and assists-per-game (4.6). Udoji ranks among the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) leaders in rebounds-per-game (9.5) and blocks-per-game (2.0) whereas Sweeney is among the nation’s top sharpshooter, averaging 3.3 three-pointers-per-game. Click Here to view UMES game notes.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

The Lady Hawks wrap-up their seven-game road trip in Savannah, Ga. as they face the Lady Tigers of Savannah State University inside Tiger Arena. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m. (EST)

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