Potentially peaking Hawks hope to prey on Eagles
Feb. 16, 2018

DURHAM, North Carolina -  Four weeks ago the University of Maryland Eastern Shore was coming off a 57-45 home loss to North Carolina A&T State and needing to find themselves. They seemed to do so with an 84-73 victory against North Carolina Central that kicked off a streak that saw them win four of their last six contests.

During that run the Hawks (8-16, 5-7 MEAC) have picked up victories against not only the Eagles, but also a pair against Howard and one matchup with Florida A&M.

Coming full circle to face NCCU one more time during the regular season this time at McDougald-McLendon Arena is an opportunity to maintain that momentum as they continue the road swing at A&T.

Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is coming off a season-high 24-point performance at Howard where she showed some late heroics along with graduate transfer Jordyn Smith (Durham, North Carolina).

It’s a homecoming of sorts for four Hawks who hail from the Tar Heel state, but more so for Smith who attended Durham’s Hillside High School. She has scored in three of the team’s last six games and picked up her second double-double (15 points, 14 boards) at Howard.

The 6-foot center averages 8.9 points and 6.3 rebounds a game, while Byrom is second on the team in scoring with 10.6 points per game to go with 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists.



Freshman Bairesha Gill-Miles (Lexington, Kentucky) leads the Hawks in scoring (10.8) and rebounding (7.7), but saw a streak of four-straight double-doubles halted at Bethune-Cookman.

Junior Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) and senior Alexus Hicks (Raleigh, North Carolina) join the other three players in the starting lineup.

Eaton is averaging 7.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists, but has score in double digits in five of the last six contests raising her average from 4.7 points per game. Hick, who has been a reserve and a starter this season, is averaging 5.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists. She leads the Hawks in 3-pointers made with 29.

Senior Tori Morris (Herndon, Virginia) had 14 points and five boards in just 16 minutes at Howard and could play a big role off the bench against the Central front line. Graduate transfer and do-everything guard/forward Martha Thompson (Bedford Heights, Ohio) averages 7.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game as a reserve.

After the game, the Shore will next travel to North Carolina and A&T State (Feb. 19).

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

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