The Shore hangs in ‘til the half against Syracuse
Tori Morris had her first double-double for the Hawks against Syracuse on Thursday night.
Nov. 16, 2017

Final Stats

SYRACUSE, New York -

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore was within three points trailing 34-31 — at the half against Syracuse (2-0), but a tough-shooting third quarter put the Hawks in a hole that only got deeper into the fourth.

The Hawks (1-2) were 3-of-13 in the third quarter and were outscored 16-6, then managed just eight points on 4-of-15 shooting to fall 68-45.

I thought we played a really good first half, Hawks head coach Fred Batchelor said. I thought we played solid, we played strong and we made some shots. Alexus Hicks (Raleigh, North Carolina) hit a couple 3s and the guard play we got from Porsha Sydnor (Chicago, Illinois) off the bench was good to kind of get us going with the ball and get it up the floor.

The Shore also hit the boards hard in the first half getting outrebound just 25-23 with redshirt-senior Tori Morris (Herndon, Virginia) heading into the break with nine rebounds in 14 minutes and handled the Syracuse press.


 

 

I thought we did a good job in the first half of executing and getting what we wanted against their 2-3 zone, Batchelor said. I thought if we could have played the second half as good as we played in the first half that wed have a different conclusion.

The Orange appeared to come out more focused and determined in the second half led by sophomore point guard Tiana Mangakahia who put up nine points and three assists, while freshman Amaya Finklea-Guity had nine points, two blocks and four rebounds after the half.

There are points in the game, where you need a kid to make a play or to make a shot, Batchelor said. We never got that. Everything we got was out of our offense — it was out of discipline — which is good, but at the end of the day you have to have a kid that can create and make a shot. Thats what they had in their point guard who could find others as well as find a shot for herself when they needed it.

Those instances were more and more important as the game went on with the Hawks defense frustrating the Orange in their offensive sets. But Mangakahia seemed to shine when her team needed it the most.

Syracuse pushed out to a 50-37 lead by the end of the third and kept its foot on the gas the rest of the game as their press eventually wore down the Hawks.

I thought we put up a good fight, Batchelor said. Im proud of the fight they put up tonight. I thought that was a good team especially on the glass they are really strong and athletic more athletic than us, stronger than us. I thought we fought back. We showed toughness in competing on the glass, which is something I asked them to do.

Eastern Shore was outrebounded 51-33 by the end of the game, but Morris had a Hawks career-high 12 rebounds to go along with 11 points. It was her first double-double since arriving on the Shore as well.

I thought Tori has been a pleasant spot in the early season for us, Batchelor said. To have a fifth-year senior kid like her that is coming and giving that sort of effort and focus and concentration on the floor — and showing that level of desire — Im pleased with that. She has an opportunity her senior year if she continues to play like this to go out on a real strong level.

Jordyn Smith (Durham, North Carolina) finished with a team-high 12 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

The Hawks will travel to Anchorage, Alaska for the Great Alaskan Shootout. The next game will be on Nov. 21 against Alaska-Anchorage.

For more information on Eastern Shore Athletics visit http://www.easternshorehawks.com/.

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