PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- On Tuesday, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team will begin their three-game road trip to Washington, D.C. as they face the Eagles of American University at Bender Arena at 7 p.m.
American leads the all-time series, 12-5, over the Lady Hawks including last season's 61-53 win. For the Eagles, this is their first game of the 2013-14 campaign. Last season, American finished 15-14 overall (8-6 Patriot League.)
The Lady Hawks opened the season against South Carolina-Upstate at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center and lost 87-83 to the Spartans. After trailing 50-40 at the halftime, the Lady Hawks rallied and took the lead, 72-72, with just under eight minutes remaining.
With less than one minute to go, the Lady Hawks held a one-point lead, 83-82. USC-Upstate would retake the lead late and win the game, 87-83.
With the loss, UMES dropped to 0-1 overall in the young season. In the game, four Lady Hawks scored double-digit points, led by guards Jessica Long, of Fort Washington, Md., and TeAmber Burke, of Washington, N.C.
Long and Burke each tallied 17 points while Shawnee Sweeney, of Chester, Va., recorded 16 points. Ashleigh Claybrooks, of Manassas, Va., added 12 points and grabbed six boards.
Senior Shanyce Stewart, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., paced all rebounders with a game-high 13 rebounds and Alexis Udoji, of Randolph, Ma., pulled down 11 boards.
The match-up against American will be their second game of the season and first road test. After Tuesday night's game, the team travels to Baltimore, Md., to square off against the University of Maryland Baltimore County at 1 p.m.