PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team is scheduled to host George Mason University on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.
UMES last lost to Syracuse University, 113-42, at the Carrier Dome. During halftime, UMES trailed, 64-15 to the Orange. Syracuse scored on a jumper by Brittney Sykes in the second half to increase the lead, 66-15. A three-pointer by Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, VA) would extend the Orange lead, 66-18. With over seven minutes remaining, UMES' Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, SC) scored on a lay-up to make the score, 92-36, with the Orange continuing 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 UMES with 10 points, five boards and two blocks. Senior Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, NY) had team-high six rebounds, including three offensive boards. Junior Jessica Long (Fort Washington, MD) added nine points in the loss.
Entering Saturday afternoon's game, the Lady Hawks accumulated a 1-3 overall record, while the Patriots came in 4-1 overall, winners of four straight including last night's victory over St. Francis, 97-62. George Mason leads the series 5-0 overall, including last season's win over the Lady Hawks, 64-38. 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 scored double-digit points; 13 by Rahneeka Saunders. Janaa Pickard and Kyana Jacobs also scored 21 points in the win.
Three Patriots are averaging 10+ points-per-game (ppg) this season. Taylor Brown averages 18.0 ppg, 5.0 rebounds-per-game (rpg) along with shooting 90% from the free-throw line. Pickard comes in averaging double-double, with 15.6 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game. Sandra Ngoie comes off the bench with 11.4 ppg, third on the team. The Lady Hawks has three players averaging above 10 ppg, led by Long with 16.3. Long also leads the team with 4.0 assists-per-game and 29.3 minutes-per-contest. TeAmber Burke (Washington, NC) is second on the team with 12.3 points scored and leads the Lady Hawks in three-point percentage with 47%, while Sweeney averages three three-pointer-per-game and third in scoring with 10.8.
After Saturday's game, the Lady Hawks finish their two-game home stand against Lincoln (PA) University on Tuesday, Nov. 26 before beginning a seven-game road trip. Tip-off is 7 p.m. For complete recaps, results and news of Hawks athletics, visit http://www.umeshawks.com.