PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- This Saturday the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team heads down south to Daytona Beach, Fla. where they will face the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University inside Moore Gymnasium.
Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. (EST), followed by the men at 4 p.m. (EST)
After a strong first half, the Lady Hawks were unable to sustain their momentum as they fell to the Lady Bison of Howard University in overtime, 77-75. After taking a 43-29 lead at the half, UMES found themselves with a 21-point lead, 56-35, and held a double-digit lead until the Lady Bison narrowed the gap to seven points, 65-58, with over five minutes in regulation. Howard continued to chip away the Lady Hawks lead and forced overtime after a layup from Cabria Johnson with only two ticks left, 73-73. In overtime, the Lady Hawks tied the contest, 75-75, with a layup from Breonna Evans (Melfa, Va.) and only 11 seconds in the extra period. The Lady Bison held for the final shot and TeShya Heslip delivered a game-winner with only six ticks to go, giving Howard the victory, 77-75.
Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) paced the Hawk attack, scoring a game-high 21 points, including 9-for-11 from the free-throw line, while Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) recorded a double-double off the bench, 14 points and 14 boards. Other notable Hawk performances included Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) notching 10 points, including three long balls, whereas Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) added eight points in a losing effort.
Saturday's contest will be the 59th meeting between UMES and Bethune-Cookman with the Lady Hawks leading the all-time series, 31-27, dating back to the 1983-84 season. Last season, the Wildcats edged UMES, 55-54, down inside Moore Gymnasium. Karona Roach had a team-high 14 points while snatching five boards in defeat. For BCU, three players recorded double-digit points, led by Terrenshia Hollis posting 11 points. This season, Bethune-Cookman is led by Chastity Rene Taylor and Kailyn Williams. Taylor, a senior guard selected to the 2013-14 MEAC Womens Basketball Preseason Team, leads the Wildcats in scoring (16.2) and minutes played (35.1) while Williams, a red-shirt freshman, anchors the defense, averaging 2.8 blocks-per-game (BPG). For the Lady Hawks, Long spearheads the Hawk attack, averaging 15.7 points-per-game (PPG). Sweeney leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in three-pointers-made-per-game (2.9) while second on the team in scoring (10.5). Stewart and Udoji provide the frontcourt presence as they are among the top rebounders in the conference, averaging 9.7 and 8.8 boards-per-game, respectively. Click Here to view UMES game notes.
On Wednesday (01/29), the Lady Hawks return to the William P. Hytche Athletic Center to host their final non- conference opponent of the season as the Highlanders of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) comes to town. Game-time is scheduled for 6 p.m. (EST) For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.