UMES' QUEST ENDS WITH LOSS TO LADY TIGERS
Moengaroa Subritzky (pictured) named to the All-Tournament Team
March 14, 2015

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NORFOLK, Va.- In arguably one of the most memorable runs in recent years at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Women's Basketball Team's historic run came to an end as they lost to the Savannah State (SSU) Lady Tigers, 65-47, in the finals. This was the first time in the program's history reaching the finals.

"We made history this week," said UMES Women's Basketball head coach Fred Batchelor. "It was our first time competing for a MEAC Championship. We had past players in the locker room that never played for a championship. We've built the program the right way with the right type of kids."

Maryland Eastern Shore entered the finals playing four contests in five days, but Batchelor refused to let that be an excuse.

"We have no excuses," Batchelor added. "They had a little bit more step and fight. They played very well."

Savannah State could not miss as they shot 58-percent (29-of-50) from the floor, including 61-percent (16-of-26) in the second half. UMES tried to stay in the contest with the long ball. Maryland Eastern Shore shot 43-percent (9-of-21) from downtown, led by senior guard Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.). In her final collegiate game, the Virginia-product tallied 10 points and a game-high six boards in the loss.

UMES trailed, 30-25, until the Lady Tigers went on an 8-0 spurt to begin the second period, 38-25. TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.) drained a three-pointer and ended the Lady Hawks' drought, 38-28, but Savannah State continued to put the pressure on. With less than 15 minutes left, SSU went on a 13-2 run to increase the margin to double-digits,53-33. Maryland Eastern Shore refused to back down, cutting the deficit as low as 17 points with more than eight minutes remaining, 53-36. Toward the end, Savannah State built a lead where the Lady Hawks could not comeback; thus, ending UMES' memorable run, 65-47.

Sophomore Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) was a spark off the bench for the Lady Hawks in the first half. McCoy ended her sophomore campaign with a team-high 12 points after going 5-of-8 from the field. Furthermore, the South Carolina-native received an accolade, sponsored by the Mariners.

Burke chipped in 10 points in a losing effort.

In the first half, Savannah State held the lead for majority; however, the Lady Hawks kept the contest in striking distance. With more than six minutes before intermission, Sweeney nailed a three-pointer to give UMES their first lead of the game, 25-24. SSU regained the advantage and took a halftime lead, 30-25.

Other notable mentions included Moengaroa Subritzky (Auckland, New Zealand) earning All-Tournament honors. She averaged 12 points-per-game (PPG) and shot 50-percent (10-of-20) from long range.

For the Lady Tigers, Tiyonda Davis recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 boards. Jasmine Norman, Tournament Most Outstanding Player, had a game-high 20 points while Ezinne Kalu and Bria Dorsey added 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Maryland Eastern Shore wrapped up the season, posting a 14-17 (8-8 MEAC) overall record. UMES reached the MEAC Finals for the first time in the program's history, led by Sweeney and Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.).

For Sweeney, she goes down as one of the great shooters in the program's history. On Feb. 7, Sweeney became UMES' all-time three-point scoring leader, a mark previously held for nine years. Shawnee will end with 179 three-pointers made. In four seasons, the Virginia-native played in 107 games with 73 starts while producing 815 points, 296 rebounds, 88 assists and 64 steals.

Long climbed into program's record book. Last season, she set a new single-season record in free throws made and attempted. In the program's all-time leaderboards, Long will finish tied for sixth in steals, fifth in assists, and third in free throws made. Additionally, Jessica is now 10th on the all-time scoring list with 985 points.

"I am proud of this program," said Long in the postgame press conference. "I was part of making history. I know next year, people won't look past us anymore. They know who UMES is now."



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