Junior Jessica Long (pictured) recorded new career-highs in points (29) and steals (8) in the loss to Norfolk State

Jan. 11, 2014

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Despite strong play from the bench, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team fell to the Spartans of Norfolk State University (NSU), 73-66. With the loss, the Lady Hawks dropped to 3-11 overall (0-3 MEAC) while NSU improved to 6-8 (2-1 MEAC) on the season.

Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) led the Hawk attack, recording her fourth-career 20+ point performance with a new career-high 29 points. In her efforts, she is tied with Tiffany Reid for the fifth-most 20+ point performances since the 2005-06 season. Long also added nine boards, six assists, and a new career-high eight steals in the loss.

Norfolk State opened the second half on a 6-0 run to take the lead, 34-31, after trailing, 31-29, at the half. The Spartans ballooned their lead as much as six points, 41-35, with over 14 minutes to go in the game. Within the next four minutes, the Lady Hawks went on an 11-5 run to tie the game, 46-46. In the next four minutes, NSU outscored the Lady Hawks, 11-3, to take a commanding lead, 57-49. UMES refused to give up as they closed the gap with a little over two minutes in the game, 63-59, but the Spartans were the better team on this day as they won, 71-63.

Other notable performances included UMES bench, led by Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.), TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.), and Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) tallying 27 points. All three Lady Hawks notched nine points in a losing effort.

In the open minutes, UMES jumped out to an early 11-6 lead, but the Spartans rallied and went on a 14-9 run to tie the contest, 20-20. The Lady Hawks responded by scoring seven unanswered points, 27-20, including a three-pointer from Taylor. Norfolk State battled back and scored eight unanswered points of their own to take the lead, 28-27, but a driving layup by Long gave the Lady Hawks the lead back, 29-28, with less than two minutes before intermission. UMES took the lead going into halftime, 31-29.

For the Spartans, Rachel Gordon recorded a double-double, 19 points and 16 boards, while Rae Corbo added a team-high 20 points in the victory.

Next Saturday (01/18), the Lady Hawks travel to Washington, D.C. to face the Lady Bison of Howard University inside Burr Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. (EST)

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