Hawks Hold Off Aggies' Late Charge
Feb. 20, 2017

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - In their finale of a three-game home stand, Coach Fred Batchelor and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Women's Basketball team held off North Carolina A&T State's (NCAT) late charge to win, 58-50, inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

Eastern Shore (11-13, 5-8 MEAC) earned consecutive victories in league play for the first time this season. Furthermore, The Shore sweeps the regular season over NCAT.

Junior Alexus Hicks (Raleigh, N.C.) led all scorers with 15 points. The North Carolina native also recorded eight boards and three steals in the victory.

A layup by NCAT's Michelle Fitzgerald sliced the Hawks' advantage down to single-digits early in the third, 29-20. Moments later, Subritzky's layup pushed the lead back to double-digits, 31-20, but the Aggies found their rhythm and closed the period on a 12-6 run. The Shore led after three, 37-32.

More than two minutes in the fourth, NCAT's Cinia McCray connected on a trey ball and cut the lead down to four, 39-35. Within the next four minutes, The Shore went on an 11-2 spurt and took a 13-point advantage with four minutes remaining, 50-37.

Despite the score, North Carolina A&T State fought back with a late charge. NCAT's Kala Green drilled a trey ball to cap off a 12-2 run; thus, trimming the Hawks lead down to three with 1:03 left, 52-49.

With the momentum in favor of the Aggies, The Shore kept their composure and made all six freebies down the stretch to hold on, 58-50.

Other notable Hawk included guard Moengaroa Subritzky (Auckland, New Zealand) registering her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

After one, The Shore shot only 37-percent (7-of-19); however, held a nine-point advantage, 17-8.

Nearly 10 ticks into the second, junior forward Shauntesha Bryant (Syracuse, N.Y.) made a layup and increased the lead to double-digits, 19-8. At that point, Maryland Eastern Shore would hold a double-digit advantage throughout the period.

A layup from Subritzky gave The Shore its largest lead of the contest, 29-12, with less than two minutes before intermission. North Carolina A&T State closed the half making two field goals and made the halftime score 29-16 in favor of the Hawks.

NCAT (11-15, 7-6 MEAC) shot under 31-percent (18-of-59) from the field, including 21-percent (5-of-24) from downtown. Aliyah Kilpatrick was the lone Aggie to score double-figures with 12 points.

On Feb. 25, The Shore travels on route 13 where they will meet Delaware State. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.easternshorehawks.com.



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