UMES Women's Basketball head coach Fred Batchelor

March 26, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Last week, according to women’s basketball marketing (WBBmarketing), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) finished among the nation’s best in attendance during the women’s basketball regular-season after placing 99th-out-of-343 institutions last season.

“I am very pleased that we are able to represent our institution and the conference by being one of the top 100 schools in home attendance this past season,” said UMES Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. “It is a testament to our student body, faculty, staff, and fans and the support they give to our Lady Hawks’ Basketball program.”

In their 12 regular-season home contests, Maryland Eastern Shore welcomed over 17,000 spectators, averaging 1,420 fans-per-game. UMES women’s basketball head coach Fred Batchelor spoke on behalf of the team to thank the fans.

“Our team would like to thank the UMES family for their support,” Batchelor uttered. “Our ladies appreciated the love and encouragement throughout the season and your passion to will us to victory. This is truly a place where home-court advantage matters.”

Since Batchelor’s first season (2004-05), the Lady Hawks have won over 57-percent of their home games, accumulating a 71-53 record, including a 7-5 finish this season. During this span, UMES suffered a losing home record only once in the past ten seasons.

“I hope this kind of attendance only increases next season,” Davidson added. “The support is a huge part of our success.”

Tennessee had the best attendance last season as they saw more than 185,000 fans enter Thompson-Boling Arena to watch the Lady Vols. Fellow Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) affiliate Hampton University ranked 53rd on the list after greeting over 30,000 spectators a season ago, making UMES and Hampton the only two MEAC members to finish in the top 100. Click Here to view the Top 100 Schools in Attendance.



Maryland Eastern Shore finished the season 9-21 overall (4-12 MEAC) and returns 13 players, including the team’s top two scorers, Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) and Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.).

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