Junior guard Jessica Long (pictured) hits game-winner to lift UMES over Patriots

Nov. 23, 2013

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PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team erased a double-digit deficit to defeat George Mason University in overtime, 93-91. The Lady Hawks picked up their first victory against the Patriots in the series after losing five consecutive, dating back to 1988. Also, this is the first win for UMES against an Atlantic-10 opponent under the Fred Batchelor era. With the win, the Lady Hawks improved to 2-3 overall while the Patriots dropped to 4-2.

Four Lady Hawks scored double-digit points, led by Jessica Long (Fort Washington, MD). Long registered 27 points, including the game-winner to propel UMES to victory. Long also recorded a career-high nine assists, the most assists in a single game by a UMES player since 2005 where Rachel Goodwin had nine against Bucknell. Sophomores Alexis Udoji (Randolph, MA) and Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, VA) each registered a double-double. Udoji tallied a career-high 19 points and 11 boards while Claybrooks came off the bench and inked 14 points and a new career-high 12 rebounds in the victory.

At the end of regulation, both teams were tied, 75-75. In overtime, a layup from George Mason’s Talisha Watts gave the Patriots an early advantage, 77-75, until back-to-back free-throws from Long tied the game, 77-77. With over four minutes to go in overtime, the Patriots regained the lead after a three-point play from Watts, 80-77. After a George Mason foul, Udoji hit both free-throws to narrow the gap to one, 80-79. With just over three minutes left in overtime, the game was deadlocked, 82-82, after a free-throw by senior forward Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, NY). Next, a Long free-throw gave UMES their first lead in overtime to take a slim lead, 83-82, but George Mason regained the lead after Watt’s layup, 84-83. A three-point play from Udoji would put the Lady Hawks back in front, 86-84, but George Mason’s Taylor Brown would score on a layup to tie the game, 86-86. With less than a minute-and-a-half to go in overtime, the Lady Hawks led 88-86 until junior guard Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, VA) hit three clutch free-throws after being fouled to give UMES separation, 91-86. The Patriots rallied by scoring five straight points, including a three-pointer by George Mason’s Reana Mohamed, to tie the game, 91-91. With only 24 seconds remaining, Coach Batchelor requested a timeout to talk things over with his team. After UMES’ timeout, Long would get the ball and let the game clock dwindle down to five second before making her move to the basket where she would hit the game-winning floater and lift the Lady Hawks past George Mason, 93-91.

At halftime, UMES trailed the Patriots, 39-29. In the second half, the Patriots led, 47-38, with just over 18 minutes remaining in the game. In the next four minutes, the Lady Hawks went on a 9-0 run and tied the game, 47-47, after a layup by sophomore guard Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, KY). George Mason regained the lead after two free-throws from Janaa Pickard, 49-47, but a Sweeney three-pointer gave UMES the lead for the first time in the game with just under 13 minutes left in regulation. With less than 10 minutes in the game, the Patriots reclaimed the lead, 57-56. In the next six minutes, the audience saw eight lead changes and three ties. With just over three minutes to go in the game, George Mason led 70-66, until Udoji hit two free-throws to cut the lead in half, 70-68. With only 26 seconds left in regulation, the Lady Hawks trailed, 75-72, until a three-point play from Udoji tied the game, 75-75, which forced overtime.

In the first half, George Mason jumped out to an early 4-0 lead until a layup by Stewart would put the Lady Hawks on the board. Then, the Patriots would go on a 10-0 run to extend their lead, 14-2, with over 14 minutes left in the half. With just under 11 minutes to go before halftime, George Mason had a 16-point lead after a layup by Pickard, 25-9. UMES refused to give up as they scored nine unanswered points to cut the deficit to single-digits, 25-18, with over eight minutes to play in the half. Near the five-minute mark, the Lady Hawks trailed, 31-21, and battled to stay in the game. Long’s layup cut the Patriots’ lead back down to single-digits, 37-29, with less than two minutes before halftime. With only six seconds left in the half, a jumper from Brown extended George Mason’s lead back to double-digits, 39-29.

Other notable Hawk performances included Stewart recording her tenth career 10+ rebound performance (11) while scoring a season-high seven points. Sweeney finished with nine points, all in the second half, and a game-high four steals. Taylor made her second start of the season and scored 10 points in the win.

For George Mason, three Patriots scored 20+ points, led by Brown’s 21 points and game-high 11 assists. Pickard and Watts each registered 20 points in the loss.

The Lady Hawks return to the hardwood on Tuesday (11/26) where they will face Lincoln (PA) University at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Tip-off is 6:00 p.m.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.



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