Junior Shawnee Sweeney (pictured) recorded a new career-high 22 points in the win over UMBC

Nov. 18, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – On Wednesday (11/20), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team concludes its three-game road trip in Syracuse, NY to face Syracuse University at the Carrier Dome. Game time is 7:00 p.m.


The Lady Hawks picked up their first win of the season as they cruised past the University of Maryland Baltimore-County (UMBC), 68-45. UMES defeated the Retrievers for the first time on UMBC’s home-court after losing five straight dating back to 1982.

UMES took a 12-point lead going into halftime, 32-20. In the second half, the Lady Hawks began the half on a 10-2 run and extended the lead to 20 points, 42-22. With less than a minute remaining, the Lady Hawks lead grew as much as 24 points, 68-44, and a late free-throw by the Retrievers would make the final score, 68-45.

In the first half, the Lady Hawks jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. With less than 10 minutes left in the half, the Retrievers were down nine, 19-10, and then went on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to three, 21-18, with just over five minutes to play in the first half. Next, UMES closed out the half on an 11-2 run to push the lead to double-digits, 32-20.


Four Lady Hawks scored in double-digits, led by junior Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, VA). Sweeney recorded a career-high 22 points, including seven three-pointers. Jessica Long (Fort Washington, MD) added 11 points and a game-high six assists. Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, VA) registered her first double-double of the young season as she tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds.



Other notable Hawk performances included Alexis Udoji (Randolph, MA) tying her career-high 12 rebounds while chipping in five points, four steals, and two blocks. Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, KY) made her first start of the season and netted 11 points, including three triples in the win.


Entering Wednesday’s matchup, UMES comes in 1-2 overall, including last Saturday’s victory over UMBC. As of today, the Orange are 2-0 and scheduled to play Cornell later today (11/18).

Overall, Syracuse leads the all-time series, 3-0, including a 73-50 win for the Orange back on 12/1/10. Senior forward Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, NY) participated in the last meeting and scored five points in 18 minutes of action.

This season, the Orange are led by Brittney Sykes and Skayeya Leary. Sykes leads the team in points-per-game (21.0) while averaging 5.5 rebounds and shooting 62% from the field. Leary is averaging a double-double with 15.5 points-per-game and 15.0 rebounds-per contest, which leads the team.

For UMES, three Lady Hawks are averaging double-figure points, led by Long (18.7). Long also leads the team in assists-per-contest (5.0). Sweeney leads the team in three-pointers made (11) while sophomore TeAmber Burke (Washington, NC) is shooting 47% from downtown, which leads the team. Udoji and Stewart are averaging over 10 boards a game.


After Wednesday’s contest, the Lady Hawks return home to host George Mason University at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center in Princess Anne, MD on Saturday, Nov. 23rd. Tip-off is 2:00 p.m.

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