Hawks falter late, fall to Bethune-Cookman
Feb. 10, 2018

Final Stats

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore was within one point of Bethune Cookman with just minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but a pair of empty possession on offense and back-to-back threes by the Wildcats put them on a path to a 73-61 victory.

“We needed to make some more plays, but I thought we had a lot of fight to make it a game when it looked like they were getting away from us,” Hawks coach Fred Batchelor said. “That’s what I like about them. I think our team has that type of character. We just have to have the mental resolve to play for 40 minutes particularly at the most critical times against championship-level teams.

“We haven’t been able to do that this year, but I hope we learned something today.”

The Wildcats (18-4, 10-0 MEAC) got 29 points (including six threes), six rebounds and five steals from Angel Golden. Emily Williams had a game-high 12 assists and nine points.

“It’s tough when they get a kid who can give them 29 points,” Batchelor said. “That was a great effort and great way to shoot the ball. She made the plays. She beat us on backdoors. She made shots with hands in her face. I take my hat off to her. I thought she did a great job to help her team win today.”

The Hawks (7-16, 4-7 MEAC) were outrebounded 41-34 and managed just 11 offensive rebounds. They had averaged 48.8 rebounds and 22.8 offensive boards over their last four games. Eastern Shore did turn the ball over just 14 times and this was just its second loss of the season when committing less than 15 turnovers.


 

 

The Shore got 19 points from the bench — including Thompson’s 10 — and won the battle for points in the paint 28-26.

“I think we feel confident that we could compete against them if we happen to see them in the tournament, because hopefully we’re both playing there long enough to see each other,” Batchelor said. “I just think they are a championship level team and I think our kids showed what we are going to have to do to be a championship level team and we just didn’t do that today.”

Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem North Carolina) led the Hawks with 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting to go with a pair of rebounds. Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) chipped in 10 points on 4-oof-10 shooting , three rebounds and a steal.

Bairesha Gill-Miles (Lexington, Kentucky) had a team-high nine rebounds and added 10 points (on 5-of-12 shooting), three assists and a steal.

Martha Thompson (Bedford Heights, Ohio) put up 10 points, three rebounds and assist and a steal.

The Hawks will next travel to Howard University for a 5:30 p.m. matchup on Monday (Feb. 12) before heading on a North Carolina road trip to face Central (Feb. 17) and A&T State (Feb. 19).

For more information on Eastern Shore Athletics visit http://www.easternshorehawks.com/.

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