No. 11 Hawks Hang On For Upset Over No. 6 Coppin State

March 6, 2017

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NORFOLK, Va. - Coach Fred Batchelor and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Women's Basketball team held a six-point advantage entering the final period, 45-39, until the Coppin State (CSU) Eagles went on a 10-0 run to take the lead, 49-45, with 6:58 remaining.

Eastern Shore (13-15) gradually chipped away at the deficit and reclaimed the lead after a pair of freebies from junior guard Alexus Hicks (Raleigh, N.C.), 52-51, with 4:07 left.

Maryland Eastern Shore kept the pressure on and pushed the advantage to eight, 59-51, with less than two minutes remaining.

CSU battled back and sliced the margin down to one, 60-59, but Hicks' clutch free throws down the stretch would seal the deal for Maryland Eastern Shore, 62-59.

Hicks had a season-high 18 points, including four trey balls. Guard Moengaroa Subritzky (Auckland, New Zealand) recorded 12 points, six rebounds, and six dimes in the victory.

The Shore scored all, but one point in the paint and took a six-point lead into the fourth, 45-39.

Other notable Hawk performances included center Tori Morris (Herndon,Va.) scoring 10 points off the bench while senior forward Briana Mack (Harrisonburg, Pa.) grabbed a career-high nine boards in the win.

CSU's Candice Beverly connected on a jumper and tied the contest, 19-19, with 39 ticks remaining in the first. Nearly 20 seconds later, Morris broke the tie after splitting a pair of freebies and gave The Shore a one-point advantage after one, 20-19.

More than a minute into the second, Coppin State's Oluwaseun Adenji put the Eagles ahead after a layup, 21-20, but Eastern Shore responded and regained the advantage with a long ball from guard Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.), 23-21.

CSU followed up with an 11-2 run and claimed a seven-point lead, 32-25, with 3:18 remaining before halftime. Maryland Eastern Shore fought back and closed the half on an 11-0 spurt to take a 36-32 advantage at intermission.

Coppin State (8-21) shot a respectable 41-percent (23-of-56) from the floor, led by Genesis Lucas and Keena Samuels each finishing with 16 points. Vanessa Neal netted 10 points in a losing effort.

The Shore has two days off until they meet Hampton in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Quarterfinals. Tip-off is slated for noon inside the Norfolk Scope Arena.

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


 

 

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