Junior guard Jessica Long (pictured) recorded a game-high 22 points in the loss to NCAT

Feb. 1, 2014

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – After winning Wednesday’s contest versus New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team suffered a setback as they fell to North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT), 73-63. With the loss, the Lady Hawks fell to 4-14 overall (0-6 MEAC) while NCAT improved to 15-4 (5-2 MEAC) on the season.

Junior guard Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) paced the Hawk attack, registering a game-high 22 points while Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) had 10 points and nine boards in the loss.

In the first eight-and-a-half minutes of the second half, NCAT went on a 24-13 run to take a commanding lead, 52-35, over UMES. The Lady Hawks fought back, going on a 6-0 run, including a triple from Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.), to cut the deficit, 52-41. The Lady Aggies responded with a 14-5 run to extend the lead to twenty, 64-44, with less than six minutes in the game. UMES refused to give up as they cut the deficit to nine, 69-60, but the rally was too late as the Lady Aggies nailed free-throws down the stretch to clinch the victory, 73-63.

Other notable Hawk performances included Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) recording 12 points, including three long balls, while Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) added five points and nine boards in a losing effort.

A layup from Sweeney gave UMES a slim lead, 9-8, after the first five minutes of action. The Lady Hawks were unable to capitalize and extend the lead as NCAT went on an 18-7 run to take the lead, 26-16, with less than four minutes before halftime. Long scored five consecutive points to cut the deficit in half, 26-21, until a layup from NCAT’s Aprill McRae made the halftime score, 28-21.

For NCAT, four Lady Aggies had double-figures, led by Tracy King posting a team-high 21 points, including 4-of-6 from downtown, whereas Ariel Bursey chipped in 14 points in the victory.

On Monday (02/03), the Lady Hawks continue their home-stand as the Lady Eagles of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) comes to town. Game-time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (EST)

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