Hawks score six in decisive 4th quarter, fall to Bethune
Dominique Walker earned her first start of the season against Bethune-Cookman.
Dominique Walker earned her first start of the season against Bethune-Cookman.
Jan. 9, 2018

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PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -  The University of Maryland Eastern Shore managed just six points in the final quarter at home while the Bethune-Cookman scored eight. But that Wildcat total was enough to escape the William P. Hytche Athletic Center with a 55-48 to remain undefeated in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The Hawks (3-12, 0-3 MEAC) made just 2-of-15 shots from the field in the final stanza, made 2-of-8 from the free throw line and turned the ball over four times.

“At some point, it just looks like we are just finding ways to lose basketball games,” Hawks head coach Fred Batchelor said. “We get opportunities that should be And-1’s and we don’t make the basket and then we don’t convert at the free throw line. We get open 3’s in critical situations and we are just not able to knock down the shot. We are just finding way to lose basketball games at this point and we have to work our way out of it.”

Eastern Shore was 1-of-11 (9 percent) from behind the arc in the contest and 11-of-24 (46 percent) from the free throw line.

“At the end of the day, I thought we had so many opportunities to win the basketball game, but we didn’t do it,” Batchelor said. “We can look at a lot of different things, but there were free throws and layups we didn’t convert and missed plays in critical points that you can’t have and win basketball games.”

The Hawks were strong on the inside outscoring the Wildcats 20-10 in the paint. Graduate transfer Jordyn Smith (Durham, North Carolina) led the Hawks with 13 points to go with four rebounds, while senior center Tori Morris (Herndon, Virginia) added 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

Dominique Walker (Bel Air, Maryland) made her first start for the Shore and finished with eight points, three rebounds and a steal. Freshman Bairesha Gill-Miles (Lexington, Kentucky) grabbed nine boards. Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) finished with 7 points and five assists.

 The Hawks will next travel to Savannah State for a Jan. 13 doubleheader with the women starting at 2 p.m. Eastern Shore several days to prepare for that game, but it might me more about introspection than scouting.

“The one biggest thing that we have to do is work our way out of this,” Batchelor said. “This is not about Savannah State. It wasn’t about Bethune tonight. I thought we outplayed Bethune. It is about us working our way out of this. We dug a hole and this is where you show your true character.

“I’m not upset about where we are, because this is going to define our season — how we come out of this. We just have to put our hard hats on and our Timberlands and have to work out of it that’s all.”

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



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