UMES Survives Marathon To Top Wildcats
Taryana Kelly (pictured) finished with a double-double in the win over Bethune-Cookman
Jan. 23, 2016

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – In a contest that witnessed 12 ties, 10 lead changes, and two overtimes, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Women’s Basketball team survived and knocked off previously first-place Bethune-Cookman (BCU), 76-71, inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

Freshman guard Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem, N.C.) made two freebies and gave UMES a three-point lead with 12 ticks left in regulation, 53-50. After a Wildcat timeout, guard Jasmine Knowles drilled a long ball and forced overtime, 53-53.

Bethune-Cookman’s Taylor Houston made two free throws and put the Wildcats ahead, 62-60, with 38 seconds remaining in the first overtime. After Coach Fred Batchelor called a timeout, guard Moengaroa Subritzky (Auckland, New Zealand) slid her way to the bucket and forced another overtime, 62-62.

In the second overtime, BCU held a four-point advantage until the Lady Hawks went on a 7-0 run and reclaimed the lead with more than two minutes left. Bethune-Cookman’s Angel Golden pulled the Wildcats within one, 72-71, after two made freebies, but Subritzky closed out the game with a layup and two free throws and led UMES to victory, 76-71.

As a result, the Lady Hawks picked up consecutive victories for the first time this season. Furthermore, UMES grabbed its first double overtime win in 18 years. Maryland Eastern Shore snapped the Wildcats' three-game winning streak and their strangle hold in the series.

Despite only shooting 36-percent (21-of-58) after regulation, the Lady Hawks caught fire in extra periods. Overall, the squad tallied 23 points on 58-percent (7-of-12) from the floor and 88-percent (7-of-8) from the foul line.

Senior center Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.) had a career night, registering her fourth career double-double. The New Jersey native recorded a career-high 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and snagged 14 boards in 41 minutes of action, also a new career-high. Subritzky matched Kelly’s playing time and chipped in a team-high 19 points, seven rebounds, and a career-high three steals in the win.

Freshman guard Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, N.C.) jump started the Lady Hawks, tallying all eight points in the opening quarter and put UMES ahead, 14-9, after one.

Maryland Eastern Shore extended their advantage to double-digits after a layup from senior guard TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.), 19-9. BCU responded and tied the contest with 10 unanswered with less than four minutes left before intermission, 19-19. Bethune-Cookman outscored the Lady Hawks down the stretch and took a two-point lead into halftime, 23-21.

Other notable Hawk performances included Byrom scoring 14 points after going perfect from the charity stripe (8-of-8). Burke added 11 points, five boards, and three dimes in the victory.

For the Wildcats (10-9, 4-2 MEAC), Houston led the way with a game-high 23 points on 50-percent shooting (7-of-14) from the field. Knowles had an outstanding game before fouling out with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists in the loss. Bethune-Cookman’s dynamic duo of Kendra Cooper and Kailyn Williams could not get into a rhythm as both ladies finished with 12 points combined on 4-of-15 shooting from the floor.

On Monday (Jan. 25), UMES ends its brief two-game home stretch against another tough opponent in Florida A&M. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., followed by the men 30 minutes afterward.

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