Hawks picked to finish seventh in preseason ballot
Oct. 26, 2017


The University of Maryland Eastern Shore womens basketball squad was picked to finish seventh in a preseason poll of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference coaches and sports information directors.

Junior guard Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) was voted Third-Team All-MEAC.

The 5-foot-8 guard Started the first 19 games of the 2016-17 season before suffering an injury, returned to play the final two contests. She competed in 21 games and led the club in free throws made (53), while averaging 10 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. She ended her sophomore campaign by being named to the 2017 MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team.

Delaware State junior forward NaJai Pollard was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year.

Pollard led the MEAC in both scoring and rebounding in 2016-17, averaging 18.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest. Her .571 field goal percentage was also the best in the conference, and she also tied for fifth in blocked shots (2.0 per game). She was seventh in the nation with 12 double-doubles last season, and Pollard also ranked among the top 25 nationally in offensive rebounding (4.0 per game) and made free throws (150).

Hampton was selected as the preseason favorite to win the MEAC this coming season.

Hampton picked up 13 first-place votes in being named the preseason favorite. The Lady Pirates won 20 games and their sixth MEAC Tournament title in eight seasons last year. Defending regular-season champion Bethune-Cookman was picked to finish second, receiving seven first-place votes, while North Carolina A&T State picked up five first-place votes and was picked to finish third.



Rounding out the rest of the preseason poll are Norfolk State, Howard, Florida A&M, Maryland Eastern Shore (one first-place vote), Morgan State, Coppin State, Savannah State, Delaware State, South Carolina State and North Carolina Central. 

The 2017-18 season begins on Friday, Nov. 10, with eight teams in action.


The 2018 MEAC Basketball Tournament will be held March 5-10 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.


Predicted order of finish:

School (First Place Votes) Points

  1. Hampton (13)320
  2. Bethune-Cookman (7)292
  3. North Carolina A&T State (5)271
  4. Norfolk State232
  5. Howard223
  6. Florida A&M185
  7. Maryland Eastern Shore (1)184
  8. Morgan State166
  9. Coppin State155
  10. Savannah State97
  11. Delaware State93
  12. South Carolina State78
  13. North Carolina Central— 70


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

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