Hawks to take on Virginia Tech in first of two on road
Dec. 6, 2017

BLACKBURG, Virginia -

The last time out, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore may have faced its toughest post opponent of the season in George Mason center Natalie Butler. On Wednesday (Dec. 6) night at Virginia Tech theyll face the most versatile.

It doesnt take much to see they are a good team, Hawks coach Fred Batchelor said. They are averaging 80-plus points a game and they have two kids averaging 30 together along with a point guard that gets them going.

Those two players are junior shooting guard Taylor Emery (15.4) and redshirt junior forward Regan Magarity (15.0) along with point guard Chanette Hicks (13.2). Hicks is the lifeblood of the offense and a sparkplug on defense leading the team in assists and steals.

I think they are going to be really tough to guard because of the point guard and their 5, who actually can play 1,2,3,4, and 5, Batchelor said. She is one of the most versatile kids we have seen and that creates a challenge for us. Even if she is not capitalizing, you dont know how to defend her.

The 6-foot-3 player from Norrköping, Sweden jumps off the game film.



On one possession, I watched her set a ball screen, roll, post up, pop and then hit a 3 in the former, Batchelor said. We are going to have our hands full with that, but I think what we are going to have to do its make it difficult for them to score and play with a lot of toughness.

Batchelor also know that they only way The Shore can stay in the matchup is to rebound. If the Hawks dont compete on the glass and that includes the guards it could be along night. But at least they have seen similar efforts before this season.

I like the challenge that we faced at Syracuse, Batchelor said. I dont think well see a team that is as hungry to the glass as Syracuse, but I thought we matched their intensity and we need to do the same thing against the Hokies.

One bit of good news comes in the form of junior and preseason third-team All-MEAC selection Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), who has been cleared by doctors to resume playing. She has not been on the court yet this season.

That is going to be a big deal for us particularly on the defensive end, Batchelor said. Offensively, she is some ways away from having any sort of rhythm, but she instinctively knows how to play defense and can help us on that end of the floor. Offensively, she does give us another kid that understands what we are doing.

It is going to be great to get her back a couple games before we get into conference play. Im not expecting a whole lot other than just to have her compete.

Ksenia Popovich (Moscow, Russia) is also available for the first time this season, but graduate transfer Jordyn Smith (Durham, North Carolina) will miss the game to rest the ankle she injured at George Mason.

We dont want to rush Jordyn, Batchelor said. Hoping shell be able to practice and well see how that goes and we are hoping shell be available Saturday at Wake Forest.

Dayona Godwin (Ocean Pines, Maryland) will miss at least 5-6 weeks with a fracture suffered in a non-contact workout, while Ciani Byrum (Raleigh, North Carolina) is still waiting to make her season debut.

I think this is another tough part of the season for us playing on the road this is our sixth consecutive game on the road but I like the morale of our team, Batchelor said. I think we have a fighters mentality and we are optimistic we are gogin to come out and compete.

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

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