Lady Pirates’ Duo Attack Downs UMES
Ra'Jean Martin (pictured) finished with a career-high 12 points in her first career start against Hampton
Feb. 6, 2016

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – In the middle of a three-game home stretch, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Women’s Basketball Team ran into a hot shooting Hampton squad as they fell to the Lady Pirates, 76-55, inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

Despite outrebounding the opposition, 38-32, Maryland Eastern Shore (6-15, 4-5 MEAC) could not slow down Hampton, particularly guards Malia Tate-DeFreitas and K’lynn Willis. UMES shot under 34-percent (19-of-56) whereas the Lady Pirates recorded over 50-percent (27-of-53) from the floor, including 40-percent (6-of-15) from downtown.

Forward Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) was inactive due to illness; thus, forcing Coach Fred Batchelor to change his lineup. For the first time this season, UMES started three freshmen: Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Ra’Jean Martin (Jacksonville, Fla.).

Willis opened the second half with a trey ball and extended the deficit to 20 points, 48-28, but the Lady Hawks continued to battle. Maryland Eastern Shore cut down as low as 16 in the third, but Hampton push their advantage to 19 after three periods, 59-40.

Hampton begin the fourth on an 8-0 run and forced Coach Batchelor to use a timeout. After the brief break, Maryland Eastern Shore could not stop the Lady Pirates’ momentum. Hampton held a commanding lead at the 2:41 mark, 76-49, but UMES closed out the game on a 6-0 run to make the final decision, 76-55.

Byrom led the way with a team-high 18 points while Martin, in her first career start, registered a new career-high 12 points in the losing effort.

Hampton’s Tate-DeFreitas make a quick layup to open the game, but Byrom responded with a long ball and gave UMES their first lead, 3-2. The first quarter went back-and-forth with multiple lead changes and ties, but a layup from Moengaroa Subritzky (Auckland, New Zealand) put Maryland Eastern Shore ahead after one, 15-13.

A minute into the second, TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.) gave UMES a four-point advantage, 17-13. Hampton answered and claimed down defensively, forcing numerous Lady Hawk turnovers. In the period, Hampton outscored Maryland Eastern Shore 32-13 and took a 17-point lead into intermission, 45-28.

For the Lady Pirates (10-12, 8-1 MEAC), Tate-DeFreitas posted a game-high 31 points on 10-of-16 shooting and Willis chipped in 21 points in the victory.

This Monday (Feb. 8), the Lady Hawks conclude its three-game home stretch against Norfolk State. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m., followed by the men approximately 30 minutes afterward.

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