Hawks end regular season with win against Hornets
Feb. 27, 2018

Final Stats


The University of Maryland Eastern Shore took care of business in the season finale at home on Monday (Feb. 26) with a 76-56 win on senior night.

Eastern Shore (10-18, 7-9 MEAC) honored seniors Alexus Hicks (Ralaigh, North Carolina) and Tori Morris (Herndon, Virginia) as well as graduate transfers Jordyn Smith (Durham, North Carolina) and Martha Thompson (Bedford Heights, Ohio). Then during the game they shined.

“I didn’t think we played a really good game, but we knocked down shots,” Hawks coach Fred Batchelor said. “Sometimes that makes up for a lot of other problems when you can do that. I thought we did a good job of knocking down shots.”

The quartet combined for 36 points, 21 rebounds, nine assists, three blocks and two steals. The Hawks shot 43 percent from the field as a team and 41 percent (12-of-29) from 3-point land , while dishing out 20 assists.

“We had multiple threes made by multiple players, which makes it tough when someone wants to zone you,” Batchelor said. “I thought we made them pay. And we made the right decisions. As long as we took care of the basketball, we were able to find people who we needed to find for shots.”



The Hawks struggled to take care of the ball in the first half with eight turnovers in the first quarter alone. They had five more in the second, but just seven in the entire second half.

“I thought the second half we did a better job and it starts with Ciani (Byrom), but I thought our post players made some good passes out of the post to find people and they knocked it down,” Batchelor said.

Junior Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) scored a team-high 17 points including five from behind the arc to go with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Freshman Bairesha Gill-Miles (Lexington, Kentucky) picked up her 10th double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds to go with a pair of assists and a block.

Smith was red hot to start the contest scoring 14 of the team’s first 16 points and finished with 16 points and seven boards, Thompson scored 10 and grabbed five rebounds to go with a pair of blocks and an assist. Hicks finished with eight points, six rebounds and six assists.

“It’s nice to end your home career on a win,” Batchelor said of his four seniors. “I’m happy for them.”

The Shore will now play a waiting game to find out when and who they play during next week’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament (March 5-10) in Norfolk, Virginia. Many teams in the conference still have a regular season game to play on Thursday night.

“You have to be careful what you wish for as far as matchups, so we are going to take it as it comes,” Batchelor said. “I feel confident going in based on how we played all year long against everybody in the conference, so we know we put ourselves in a. Tough situation having to play four games in a week (to win the championship), but we just want to play one at a time.”


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

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