No. 11 Howard Upsets No. 6 UMES In MEAC First Round
Moengaroa Subritzky (pictured) finished with a game-high 22 points in the loss
March 7, 2016

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NORFOLK, Va. – Entering the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Women’s Basketball came in riding a six-game winning streak. On Monday afternoon, the No. 6 Lady Hawks saw their season come to a close as they were defeated by No. 11 Howard, 68-51, inside the Norfolk Scope Arena.

With the loss, UMES finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 12-17 (10-6 MEAC) overall record.

Before the game, Coach Fred Batchelor witnessed another key contributor go down due to injury as freshman guard Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, N.C.) did not dress because of a hand injury.

Guard Moengaroa Subritzky (Auckland, New Zealand) led the way, tying a game-high 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field. Freshman guard Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem, N.C.) had a solid outing in her MEAC Tournament debut, finishing with 10 points, eight boards, and four dimes.

More than two minutes into the second half, senior center Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.) made a layup and put UMES ahead by four, 33-29. At the 6:40 mark, Howard’s Sydni Johnson tied the game, 33-33, but Subritzky’s free throw gave the Lady Hawks the lead back, 34-33. From this point on, the Lady Bison would take control as they close out the period on a 14-5 run and took the advantage into the fourth, 47-39.

Moments in the fourth, Howard’s Jasmine Hill connected on a jumper and extended the lead to double-digits, 49-39. Maryland Eastern Shore battled back and trimmed the margin as low as seven, 51-44, with 5:57 left. Coach Ty Grace’s brunch kept their composure and finished the contest on a 17-7 spurt to win, 68-51.

Other notable Hawk performance included Kelly playing in her final game for the Maroon & Grey. She wrapped up the afternoon with a game-high 10 rebounds, eight points and a rejection. In her Hawk career, the New Jersey native finishes in the top 10 in the program’s history in boards (8th), blocks (10th) and field goal percentage (5th).

After one, UMES held an eight-point advantage, 19-11. Midway through the second, Howard took their first lead of the game after Johnson’s layup, 22-21. Nearly 30 seconds later, sophomore guard Alexus Hicks (Raleigh, N.C.) gave Maryland Eastern Shore the lead back with 4:03 remaining before halftime, 23-22.

As the half dwindled down, Howard’s Victoria Gonzales made layup and made the halftime score 28-27.

For Howard (7-23), Te’Shya Heslip finished with a game-high 22 points. Gonzales fell a board shy of a double-double, 17 points and nine boards. Jasmine Hill added 11 points and five rebounds in the victory.

Forward Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.), UMES’ all-time shot block leader, closed out her collegiate career with 253 rejections. Furthermore, the Massachusetts-product ranks third on the school’s all-time rebounding list (694) and tied for eighth in most games played (109).

Fellow frontcourt player Taylor Thompson (Chapel Hill, N.C.) ended her four-year career playing in 96 games (six starts) while collecting 268 points, 267 rebounds, 27 thefts, 15 dimes, and 10 blocks.

TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.) and Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) also saw the Hawk careers end. Both ladies missed games down the stretch due to injuries.

In four seasons, the North Carolina product played in 83 games (24 starts) and amassed 587 points, 258 boards, 89 assists, 60 steals, and 13 blocks. Burke has registered four 20-plus performances, including a career-high 23 points during her sophomore year at American.

For Taylor, she competed in 84 games with 18 starts. In her career, she has recorded 228 points, 95 rebounds, 75 dimes, and 33 steals. In her sophomore season, she finished the campaign with a career-high 12 points in the MEAC Tournament Quarterfinals.

Maryland Eastern Shore returns 11 student-athletes as they continue their quest for a MEAC Title.

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