No. 11 Hawks’ Tourney Run Ends With Loss Against No. 3 Hampton
NORFOLK, Va. – After earning a tourney victory over in-state rival Coppin State, Coach Fred Batchelor and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Women’s Basketball team witnessed their tourney run come to end as they were defeated by the Hampton (HU) Lady Pirates, 66-56, in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament Quarterfinals at the Norfolk Scope Arena.
With the loss, Eastern Shore finished the season 13-16 overall.
Senior forward Briana Mack (Harrisonburg, Va.) played her final game for the Maroon & Grey where she finished with a team-high 13 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe.
The Pennsylvania native ended her career playing in 54 games (16 starts) while amassing 147 points, 125 boards, seven steals, and five blocks.
Hampton opened the second half on a 13-6 run to increase the lead to eight, 44-36, forcing the Hawks to take a 30-second timeout.
HU continued their hot streak as they ballooned the margin to double-digits after three, 52-40.
Nearly a minute into the fourth, Hampton’s Jephany Brown gave the Lady Pirates its largest lead of the contest, 53-40.
Maryland Eastern Shore fought back with a late charge, cutting the deficit as low as five on multiple occasions.
Sophomore Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, N.C.) made two freebies and trimmed the margin down to five, 57-52, with 3:33 remaining. Next, the Lady Pirates withstood Eastern Shore’s late push as they nailed several clutch shots down the stretch to win, 66-56.
Other notable Hawk performances included junior Alexus Hicks (Raleigh, N.C.) scoring 12 points, all in the first half, while Eaton netted 11 points off the bench.
In the first quarter, HU’s K’lynn Willis connected on a jumper and gave the Lady Pirates a 10-point advantage, 12-2, at the 3:06 mark.
The Shore battled back and close the opening period on an 8-3 spurt to trail, 15-10.
Early second, Hampton held a double-digit lead after a jumper by Monnaz Finney-Smith, 21-10, but Maryland Eastern Shore would soon answer.
Eastern Shore clawed their way back to tie and take the lead after two freebies by Mack, 30-29, with less than 30 ticks left before intermission.
Before halftime, HU’s DeJane James penetrated into the lane and dished off to Mikayla Sayle; thus, giving the Lady Pirates a one-point lead at the half, 31-30.
Subritzky, a major contributor for Hawks throughout her career, competed in 86 games (84 contests) while collecting 827 points, 465 rebounds, 175 assists, 72 steals, and 25 blocks. Additionally, the New Zealand native has produced 12 career double-doubles, including eight this season.
As of today, Moy sits fourth on the all-time three-point scoring leaderboard.
For Sye, she competed in 40 games while recording 49 points, 41 rebounds, 27 dimes, and eight steals.
Hampton (18-12) shot 44-percent (24-of-54) from the floor, including 50-percent (12-of-24) after intermission. Brown had a game-high 20 points on 50-percent shooting (8-of-16) from the field. Finney-Smith chipped in 17 points in 40 minutes of work.
Maryland Eastern Shore returns 11 Hawks as they continue their quest for a MEAC Title.
For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.easternshorehawks.com.
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