Hawks top Bison for first win streak of season
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore jumped out on Howard early on Saturday (Jan. 27) and held on in the second half for a 58-52 victory.
The Hawks (6-14, 3-5 MEAC) picked up back-to-back wins for the first time this season and outrebounded the Bison 44-40. The Eastern Shore defense held Howard (7-13, 3-4 MEAC) to 37 percent from the field and forced 21 turnovers — scoring 23 points off the miscues.
A 13-0 run in the first quarter essentially proved decisive as the game was pretty even after that.
“We were able to hold them off and I think it was on the defensive end,” head coach Fred Batchelor said. “Offensively our statistics weren’t great. I think in the third quarter we went 1-of-13 to start and still had the lead, so the defense held us up. We limited them to one shot and I thought our kids played hard enough and aggressive enough particularly on the offensive glass to help us stay in the game even though we didn’t shoot that well.
The Hawks shot 33 percent from the field, 25 percent (5-of-20) from behind the arc and just 55 percent from the free throw line.
They were however 9-of-12 from the line in the fourth quarter when it mattered most.
“We continue to work at it,” Batchelor said. “We’d like to shoot a higher percentage. It makes things a lot easier. We still left nine free throws on the board.”
Much of the battle during the night took place in the paint, but not much of the scoring as Howard won that battle 18-16.
“I thought defensively we held true to what we were trying to do in the paint and I was glad to see we were playing defense the way we were playing and limiting them to one shot,’ Batchelor said. “I thought we rebounded the ball well.
“I thought for the most part we played a tough aggressive game and I thought we played harder than them.”
Bairesha Gill-Miles (Lexington, Kentucky) racked up her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 boards.
Jordyn Smith (Durham, North Carolina) chipped in nine points and pulled down eight boards, to go with a pair of blocks and two steals.
Fellow transfer Martha Thompson (Bedford Heights, Ohio) finished with nine points and five board off the bench to go with a couple blocks on defense.
“I thought she was aggressive,” Batchelor said. “And I think she was dialed in. It’s funny when you see that in kids. I saw it in practice the other day running sprints. She outran everybody to the point that we had to pull her off the line because she was working so hard.
“That carries over. I try to tell them all the time those are the things that put you in a position to be successful and I think Martha is going to try to find a way to be a big part of what we do going down the stretch and we need her to do that.”
Next up for the Hawks is a trip to Coppin State on Monday (Jan. 29) when they face the Eagles at 5:30 p.m.
“We have to better than we did at home today on the road because Coppin plays a zone,” Batchelor said. “It’s a challenge for us, but we have to find a way to do that.”
For more information on Eastern Shore Athletics visit http://www.easternshorehawks.com/.
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