The Shore buries Central behind 55 from N.C. backcourt trio
Keyera Eaton scored a career-high 21 points in a win at North Carolina Central.
Keyera Eaton scored a career-high 21 points in a win at North Carolina Central.
Feb. 17, 2018

Final Stats

DURHAM, North Carolina - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore used a 30-point second quarter capped by a half-court 3 by Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)as time expired to get out to a 45-27 lead and hung on for an 80-69 win at McDougald-McLendon Arena.

The Hawks (9-16, 6-7 MEAC) got 55 points from the North Carolina backcourt trio of Byrom, Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) and senior Alexus Hicks (Raleigh, North Carolina).

“We shot the ball well,” Eastern Shore head coach Fred Batchelor said. “I think Kiki made big shots, CiCi and Hicks were the other kids from the perimeter. We shot 50 percent in the first half and then in the third quarter I thought we put the ball in the basket pretty effectively.”

Eastern Shore converted 38 percent from the field on the game including an impressive 53 percent (11-of-21) from behind the arc and shot 70 percent (27-of-39) from the free throw line.

Eaton led The Shore with a career-high 21 points, two rebounds and an assist in 29 minutes. She was 4-of-5 from 3 and 7-of-8 from the line. Byrom added 18, to go with five assists, two steals and a pair of rebounds. Hicks scored 16 and pulled down four boards.



“They all hit some big shots and I guess the one that was kind of the heat check was CiCi’s half-court shot (at the half) for the second time in two games.”

Eaton scored 10 of her points in the third quarter, when the Hawks built a 69-42 lead.

But while the Tar Heel trio garnered much of the attention from the perimeter, it was the play of a couple of post players off the bench that helped the squad ride out early first-half exits by Jordyn Smith (Durham, North Carolina) and Bairesha Gill-Miles (Lexington, Kentucky).

Senior Tori Morris (Herndon, Virginia) and sophomore Ksenia Popovich (Moscow, Russia) combined for 10 points, 11 rebounds and assist and a pair of steals in 39 minutes off the bench.

“That had a lot to do with — even with us in foul trouble — I thought the kids came off the bench and held their ground. They played well — both Torri and K — with Jordyn and Buns being in foul trouble.”

Gill-Miles finished with 12 rebounds and seven points despite playing just 19 minutes.

Eastern Shore didn’t play as well in the fourth quarter as Batchelor emptied the bench for a while and the team shot just 2-of-12 from the field. Byrom came back in for the final four minutes of the game to be a stabilizing force and scored six points along the way.

The Eagles won the fourth quarter 27-11, but that didn’t matter in the end. The Hawks won the battle on the boards 46-37 and had 17 second-chance points despite getting outscore din the paint 40-16.

“We got ourselves to a good situation,” Batchelor said. “We’d like to close out a little differently, but at the end of the day you take what you can get.”

The Shore will next travel to North Carolina and A&T State (Feb. 19).

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