PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- On Saturday, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team continues its four-game home-stand and resumes conference play against the Lady Aggies of North Carolina A&T State University inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Game-time is slated for 2 p.m.
Two days later (02/03); the Lady Hawks host the Lady Eagles of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (EST) This Saturday (02/01), in partnership with National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), UMES presents Girl Scout Day, sponsored by Refuel. On this day, UMES will permit free admission to any Girl Scout members in uniform. In order to receive this offer, all Girls Scouts are required to be in uniform.
Last Wednesday (01/29), the Lady Hawks held on to defeat New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), 68-61, to end a 10-game skid. With less than eight minutes to go in regulation, the Lady Hawks held a one-point lead, 44-43, until UMES went on a 15-5 run in the next three minutes to extend their lead to eleven, 59-48. NJIT responded by going on a 11-2 run to narrow the deficit to two-points, 61-59, with only two minutes in the game. The Lady Hawks kept their composure and ended the contest on a 7-2 run to win, 68-61.
UMES bench outscored NJIT, 52-6, led by freshman guard Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) posting a new career-high 27 points. Other notable Hawk performances included Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) and Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) combining for 23 points while Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) anchored the defensive end, tallying three blocks and seven rebounds in the victory.
Entering Saturday's matchup, NCAT leads the all-time series, 37-22, dating back to the 1982-83 season. Last season, UMES fell to the Lady Aggies, 67-55, at the Hytche Athletic Center. In that contest, Sweeney had a team- high 11 points while Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) recorded a game-high 17 boards in the loss.
This season, NCAT comes in 14-4 overall (4-2 MEAC) and looking to get back on track as they suffered their first home loss of the season to Coppin State University, 59-50. The Lady Aggies are led by senior Tracy King and redshirt-sophomore Christina Carter. King leads the team in scoring (13.0) and steals (3.4) while Carter ranks second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in assists-per-game (4.9). Against the Lady Eagles, UMES leads the all-time series, 6-1, dating back to the 2007-08 season. Last season, the Lady Hawks topped NCCU, 72-53, at home. In the game, four Lady Hawks were in double-figures, led by Sweeney and Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) each posting 17 points.
Long and Sha-Kiyla Finney combined for 21 points in the win. Tomorrow (02/01), North Carolina Central plays Howard University inside Burr Gymnasium before coming to town on Monday (02/03). As of today, the Lady Eagles have amassed an 8-11 record (3-3 MEAC), including a victory in their last outing over Morgan State, 50-48, at the McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium in Durham, N.C.
This season, redshirt-senior Jessica Freeman and junior Racquel Davis lead the Eagles' attack. Freeman leads the team in several categories, including points (14.7), steals (2.7), and assists (2.1), whereas Davis is shooting a team-best 46-percent from the field. For the Lady Hawks, they come in 4-13 (0-5 MEAC) on the season and looking to build some momentum before the MEAC Tournament next month in Norfolk, Va.
Long spearheads the Hawk attack, averaging 15.5 points-per-game (PPG) and 4.8 assists-per-game (APG). Sweeney is second on the team in scoring (10.4PPG) while leading the conference in three-pointers-made-per-game (2.9). Click Here to view UMES Game Notes versus NCAT. UMES Game Notes versus NCCU will be released at a later date.
Next up, the Lady Hawks conclude their four-game home-stand against Coppin State University (CSU) at the Hytche Athletic Center on Saturday, Feb. 8th. Tip-off is 2:00 p.m. (EST) On Monday (02/10); UMES travels to Hampton, Va. to face the Lady Pirates of Hampton University. Game-time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (EST)