Women can’t find enough to top Hampton
Ra'Jean Martin led the Hawks with 16 points against Hampton.
Ra'Jean Martin led the Hawks with 16 points against Hampton.
Jan. 6, 2018

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore held a 47-46 lead with 8:13 left in the fourth quarter against visiting Hampton. The Lady Pirates (4-9, 1-0 MEAC) took the lead less than a minute later and never gave it back — holding off The Shore for a 70-65 victory on Jan. 6.

“We didn’t make some plays when we needed to,” Hawks head coach Fred Batchelor said. “I thought a few missed free throws were critical. We had our chances at the start of the first half to build on the lead when we have multiple stops on defense, but we never capitalized.

“At a certain point and time, in the ebb-and-flow of the game you aren’t going to keep getting stops if you aren’t capitalizing.”

When it came to the eye test the Hawks (3-11, 0-2 MEAC) seemed more invested than they did the last time out and the work on the glass reflected that as they outrebounded Hampton 35-31. The Shore also shot a stellar 49 percent from the field, but 23 turnovers led to 26 Lady Pirates points. The Hawks were also just 12-of-20 (60 percent) from the free throw line.

“I thought we battled,” Batchelor said. “I thought we played physical. I thought we played tough. We just fell short.”

Junior Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) missed Saturday’s contest to travel home for her grandmother’s funeral. In her absence, several other players stepped up and attempted to take up the slack.

Senior guard RaJean Martin (Jacksonville, Florida) was aggressive on offense scoring 16 points, and dishing out a pair of assists to go with three steals on defense. Freshman Porsha Sydnor (Chicago, Illinois) played strong minutes off the bench with five assists and a couple of rebounds.

“I thought Ra’Jean came in and gave us a great effort and gave us an opportunity to make it a game,” Batchelor said. “I saw a lot of enthusiasm. I thought we got some good minutes out of Porsha, who came in and played really good basketball for us and showed me what I have on my bench.”

The Hawks actually got 36 points from the bench with Dominique Walker (Bel Air, Maryland) chipping in 12 points, four rebounds and an assist and Tori Morris (Herndon, Virginia) adding eight points and eight rebounds.

Jordyn Smith (Durham, North Carolina) and Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) led the way for the starters. Smith finished with 10 points, eight boards and a block, while Eaton put up 11 points, a rebound, a block, two assists and a pair of steals.

Things get no easier on Monday (Jan 8) as the Hawks host preseason No. 1 Bethune-Cookman at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on Eastern Shore Athletics visit http://www.easternshorehawks.com/.



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