Junior Jessica Long tied a team-high 17 points in a loss to USC-Upstate

Nov. 8, 2013

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – In their first-ever meeting, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and South Carolina-Upstate (USC-Upstate) put on a show as the Spartans held off the Lady Hawks, 87-83, at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

After trailing 50-40 at halftime, the Lady Hawks rallied and took the lead, 72-71, with just under eight minutes remaining. With less than one minute remaining, the Lady Hawks held an one point lead, 83-82. USC-Upstate would retake the lead late and win the game, 87-83. With the loss, UMES dropped to 0-1 overall while USC-Upstate improved to 1-0 on the young season.

Four Lady Hawks scored double-digit points, led by guards Jessica Long (Fort Washington, MD) and TeAmber Burke (Washington, NC). Long and Burke each tallied 17 points while Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, VA) recorded 16 points, including a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line. Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, VA) added 12 points and grabbed six boards (four offensive). Senior Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, NY) paced all rebounders with a game-high 13 rebounds (six offensive) and Alexis Udoji (Randolph, MA) pulled down 11 boards.

In the first half, Udoji would put the Lady Hawks on the board first on a layup, 2-0. Just over the 15-minute mark, UMES took an early 8-6 lead. After the media timeout, USC-Upstate tied the game, 9-9, and go on a 17-5 run to take a double-digit lead, 26-14, midway through the first half. UMES Women’s Basketball Head Coach Fred Batchelor requested a timeout to slow down the Spartan’s momentum. After the Lady Hawks’ timeout, UMES battled back and cut the Spartans’ lead down to nine, 30-21, with just under eight minutes remaining in the half. After another media timeout, USC-Upstate extended their lead back to double-digits, 43-30, with less than three minutes remaining in the half. After a brief intermission, the Lady Hawks ended the half on a 10-7 run and trailed USC-Upstate, 50-40.

In the second half, UMES scored the first point on a free-throw by Stewart, 50-41. Afterwards, the Lady Hawks would cut USC-Upstate’s lead down to single-digits, 56-48, with just under 16 minutes remaining in the game. After the short rest, the Lady Hawks would go on a 24-15 run to take their first lead of the game since back in the first half, 72-71. The Spartans reclaimed the lead on a layup, but a Long free-throw would tie the game, 73-73, with less than 7:30 remaining. Then, USC-Upstate retook the lead, 80-76, with more than 3:30 minutes remaining. After the media timeout, Sweeney would hit back-to-back free-throws to cut the lead down to two, 80-78. With just over two minutes remaining, both teams would be tied after Claybrooks’ two clutch free-throws, 82-82. UMES would take the lead with less than a minute remaining after Long’s free-throw, 83-82, but the Spartans would go a 5-0 run to survive, 87-83.

For USC-Upstate, three Spartans scored double-figured points, led by Sharmayne Edwards (24). Shelby Hicks had a team-high nine boards while Toni Romiti tallied four assists in the win.

After Friday’s night game, the Lady Hawks begin a three-game road trip in our Nation’s Capital as they host American University. Game-time is 7:00 p.m.

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