Hawks look to revisit 2016-17 magic versus Retrievers
Senior Jordyn Smith had nine rebounds against Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday.
Dec. 21, 2017


The last time the University of Maryland Eastern Shore faced University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Nov. 19, 2016), the Hawks (2-8) got a game-high 19 points from then sophomore point guard Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) in a 70-57 victory at RAC Arena in Baltimore.

The Hawks were off to a 2-1 start to the season and headed to the state of North Carolina for a 3-game road trip where they would face N.C. State, UNC Greensboro and East Carolina.

On Thursday (Dec. 21) at 6 p.m., the Hawks hope to revisit some of last years magic.

But after going 7-5 during the non-conference schedule, a promising season was derailed when Byrom went down in the Mid-Eastern Conference opener at North Carolina A&T State with a knee injury.

The junior court general returned to the floor for the first time in 26 games during The Shores 66-63 loss to Mount St. Marys on Tuesday (Dec. 19). While there was some visible rust on her game, a strong 15 points, two assists a steal and a rebound in 21 minutes bode well for a Hawks team that hopes to turn around a slow start with a strong MEAC season beginning at Morgan State on Jan. 3.

While Byroms return is nothing, but good news for Eastern Shore, there will be an adjustment period for both her teammates with seven new faces and the coaches, who will now need to find a new rotation that includes the dynamic presence of Byrom and balances with those who have shined in her absence.



Freshman Bairesha Gill-Miles (Lexington, Kentucky) has led the Hawks in scoring (10.9) and rebounding (6.9), while graduate transfer Martha Thompson (Bedford Heights, Ohio) has been an all-around presence since finding her way three games into the season averaging 10 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

Senior Alexus Hicks (Raleigh, North Carolina) who grew her game during Byroms absence is averaging 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Tori Morris (Herndon, Virginia) had 10 points in 26 minutes during last years win at UMBC and could play a big role this time around.

The Retrievers (1-10) come into the meeting with the Hawks having lost their last eighth contests. Most recently, the UMBC fell to George Mason 58- 38 on Dec. 11. Sophomore guard TeyJah Oliver led the Retrievers with 10 points and four assists. Freshman Janeea Summers added six points and nine rebounds in the loss. 

Senior guard Laura Castaldo leads the Retriever offense, scoring at a 13.9 points per game clip. She also grabbing 4.1 rebounds while shooting 84.8 percent from the charity stripe. 

Oliver and Summers are two-three in scoring, netting 9.6 and 8.3 points per game respectively. Oliver is dishing out 2.2 assists per game while Summers leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per contest.

After they face UMBC this time around, the Hawks will again hit the State of North Carolina for after the Christmas break for a Dec. 28 matchup at East Carolina in the final tune up before conference play begins.

If the Hawks can find some of what helped them last year in Baltimore, this could be the start of good things to come.

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

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