Hawks Complete Comeback Victory At Hampton
HAMPTON, Va. - After holding a nine-point halftime advantage, 36-27, Hampton opened the second half on a 14-2 run and held their largest lead of the game, 50-29, with 5:30 remaining in the third. From this point on, Coach Fred Batchelor and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Women's Basketball team would make one of the most unforgettable comebacks in recent memories.
With 4:41 left in the third, guard Moengaroa Subritzky (Auckland, New Zealand) made a pair of freebies and cut the margin down under 20 points, 50-31.
Gradually, the Hawks chipped away at the deficit. With nine ticks remaining, senior guard Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) drilled a trey ball and ended the period on a 14-2 spurt. Hampton held a 52-43 advantage after three.
More than a minute into the fourth, Hampton's Mikayla Sayle scored on a fast-break layup and extended the lead back to double-figures, 54-43. Within the next five minutes, The Shore steadily chopped away and tied the contest after a long ball from McCoy, 60-60. Moments later, Eastern Shore reclaimed the lead after a layup by center Tori Morris (Herndon, Va.), 62-60, with 3:33 remaining.
Two minutes later, Hampton's Monnaz Finney-Smith connected on a three-pointer and put the Lady Pirates' ahead, 65-64, with 1:15 left in the game.
Shortly after, Maryland Eastern Shore was in the bonus and McCoy capitalized with a pair of free throws; thus, putting The Shore ahead, 66-65, with a minute to go.
After a missed long ball from Finney-Smith, sophomore guard Ra'Jean Martin (Jacksonville, Fla.) was fouled on a loose ball and split a pair of freebies, 67-65.
After a 30-second timeout from Hampton, the Lady Pirates were unable to tie or take the lead. McCoy missed both free throws; however, got her own rebound before being foul. Next, McCoy made one-of-two from the foul line and put the Hawks ahead, 68-65, with 10 ticks left.
With no timeouts, Hampton's K'lynn Willis attempted a game-tying trey ball, but came up short; thus, the Hawks would complete a comeback victory.
For the first time in more than a decade, Maryland Eastern Shore secured a win at Hampton. Furthermore, The Shore knocked off the last unbeaten team in league play.
Eastern Shore (9-10, 3-5 MEAC) shot a respectable 42-percent (20-of-48) from the field, including a 57-percent (8-of-14) shooting performance in the fourth.
Maryland Eastern Shore scored 24 points off 17 Hampton miscues. Also, the Hawks' bench provided a big spark in the comeback victory with 37 points.
Four Hawks reached double-figures, led by McCoy with a game-high 18 points on 50-percent (5-of-10) shooting from the floor. Morris registered 14 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor, and seven boards.
Senior forward Briana Mack (Harrisburg, Pa.) scored the first three points of the game from the charity stripe. Suddenly, the Lady Pirates answered with a quick 8-0 run and took the lead, 8-3. After one, Hampton held a nine-point advantage, 18-9.
In the second, Hampton held a double-digit lead throughout the period, but the Hawks kept battling. With 14 seconds before intermission, Morris made two freebies to cut the margin down to single-digits at the half, 36-27.
Hampton (13-8, 7-1 MEAC) had three Lady Pirates in double-figures. Finney-Smith led the way with 18 points while DeJane James added 14 points in a losing effort.
On Feb. 4, Eastern Shore returns to the Hytche Center to face in-state foe Coppin State in league play. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.
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