TeAmber Burke (pictured) nailed a game-tying jumper to send the game into overtime to help UMES complete the comeback over DSU

March 6, 2014

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – On a night where seniors Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) and Breonna Evans (Melfa, Va.) were honored prior to tip-off, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team erased a fourteen-point deficit to comeback and knock off Delaware State University (DSU) in overtime, 74-71, to secure the eleventh spot in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament.

With the victory, Maryland Eastern Shore improved to 8-20 overall (4-12 MEAC) while DSU fell to 8-20 (3-13 MEAC) on the season.

Freshman guard Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) led the charge for the Lady Hawks as she finished with a team-high 21 points, including 9-of-14 from the floor, while TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.) added 13 points, including the game-tying shot to send the game into overtime.

In the extra period, Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) scored the first bucket to give UMES the early lead in OT, 61-59, but a layup from DSU’s Tylinn Carter tied the game, 61-61. Nearly two-and-a-half minutes into overtime, both clubs were deadlocked, 65-65, until a freebie from Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) gave the Lady Hawks the go-ahead lead, 66-65. Long nailed clutch free-throws down the stretch and sealed the comeback for Maryland Eastern Shore, 74-71. Long finished with nine points, eight boards, and five assists in the victory.

A put-back from McCoy gave UMES the first two points in the second period, 33-27, but the Lady Hornets scored eight unanswered points to increase their lead to double-digits, 41-27. With less than 12 minutes go to in regulation, Delaware State had a thirteen-point lead, 47-34, until Maryland Eastern Shore made a rally, sparked by Burke. In the next four minutes, the Lady Hawks went on a 19-8 run to cut the deficit to three, 49-46. DSU regained the momentum as they pushed the lead back to seven, 55-48, with less than five minutes in the game.

In the waning minutes, UMES stormed back and tied the contest after back-to-back clutch free-throws from Claybrooks, 57-57, with eight ticks left. In five seconds, the Lady Hornets’ Jade Washington hit a layup for the go-ahead lead, 59-57, leaving Maryland Eastern Shore with little chance to respond. With exactly 0.3 on the clock, Long threw a three-quarters court pass to Burke and she nailed the jump shot as time expired to send the game into overtime, 59-59.

Other notable Hawk performances included Claybrooks recorded her ninth-career double-double, 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Shawnee Sweeney netted 11 points in the win.

After a slow start from both teams in the first four minutes, UMES took an early lead with a layup from Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.), 5-4. The Lady Hornets responded by scoring nine unanswered points to reclaim the lead, 13-5, with less than 12 minutes before intermission. Within the next six minutes, the Lady Hawks cut the deficit to one, 17-16, but Delaware State went on a 7-0 run to create separation, 23-16. In the final minutes of the half, both teams made mini-runs with DSU taking the halftime lead, 33-25.

For the Lady Hornets, Raven Bankston recorded a team-high 20 points while Deanna Harmon and N’Kayah Kersey combined for 26 points in a losing effort.

This Monday (03/10), Maryland Eastern Shore heads to Norfolk, Va. to compete in the MEAC Tournament. Time and opponent are to be determined.

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