The Shore Survives; Knocks Off Aggies
Jan. 9, 2017

Final Stats

GREENSBORO, N.C. - After more than week away from the hardwood, Coach Fred Batchelor and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Women's Basketball team held on and knocked off the North Carolina A&T State (NCAT) Aggies, 60-57, inside the Corbett Sports Center.

With the victory, Eastern Shore (7-5, 1-0 MEAC) ends a brief two-game slide and extends their winning streak to three against the Aggies.

Despite only shooting 33-percent (18-of-54) from the floor, Maryland Eastern Shore nailed 10 trey balls and shot 37-percent (10-of-27) from downtown.

Junior guard Alexus Hicks (Raleigh, N.C.) led the way with a game-high 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. The North Carolina native saw extended playing due to a third-quarter injury to sophomore Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem, N.C.).

More than two minutes after intermission, Byrom was forced out of the game due to an apparent knee injury. At the time, Eastern Shore held a six-point advantage, 33-27.

Midway through the third, back-to-back trey balls from Hicks gave the Hawks a double-digit advantage, 41-30; however, the Aggies refused to go away. NCAT rallied and closed out the period on a 10-2 run and trimmed the deficit down to three, 43-40.



Nearly four minutes into the fourth, a long ball from NCAT's Dana Brown put the Aggies ahead, 49-48; however, their lead was short-lived as senior Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) made a layup to regain the lead, 50-49.

At the 3:58 mark, North Carolina A&T State had a 54-50 lead until Hicks' three made the contest a one-point affair, 54-53. Moments later, McCoy connected on another trey ball and put the Hawks ahead, 56-50, with 3:08 remaining.

NCAT tied the contest on a layup from Quenswayla Story, 56-56, but Hicks clutch performance down the stretch would be the difference as she scored the final four-out-of-five points of the game and propelled the Hawks to victory, 60-57.

Other notable Hawks included McCoy netting 11 points while sophomore Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, N.C.) chipped in nine points in the victory.

Byrom split a pair of freebies and put the Hawks ahead after one, 14-13.

In the second, Eastern Shore held the advantage throughout the period and extended the lead to eight on multiple occasions. At halftime, the Hawks took a 33-27 lead.

For NCAT (5-11, 1-2 MEAC), they were held to only 32-percent (21-of-65) from the floor. Redshirt senior Dana Brown had a team-high 13 points, but shot only 1-of-9 from long range. Story and Michelle Fitzgerald each recorded nine points in a losing effort.

On Jan. 11, the Hawks face North Carolina Central in Durham. Game-time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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