PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – In his third attempt, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Women’s Basketball head coach Fred Batchelor and the Lady Hawks broke through and picked up their leaders’ 200th collegiate victory as they defeated the Cheyney Wolves, 76-46, inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.
With the win, UMES moved to 2-3 overall while Cheyney dropped to 0-4 on the season.
After a close first half, the Lady Hawks’ second half surge would be the difference as they outscored the Wolves, 47-21. In the third and fourth quarters, Maryland Eastern Shore shot 60-percent (18-of-30) from the field and 67-percent (10-of-15) from beyond the arc.
Guard Moengaroa Subritzky (Auckland, New Zealand) led the charge as she finished with a team-high 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from downtown. Senior center Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.) added 10 points and a game-high 8 boards in the victory.
Cheyney’s Aeries DeJesus made a fast-break layup and trimmed UMES’ margin down to four points in the opening minutes of the second half, 31-27. Maryland Eastern Shore responded as they went on a 16-5 run, capped by a Subritzky three-pointer, 47-32. UMES scored 11 points off of Wolves’ turnovers and took a 14-point advantage into the fourth, 49-35.
Maryland Eastern Shore’s momentum continued as back-to-back long balls from Subritzky and Ciani Byrom (Winston-Salem, N.C.) gave the Lady Hawks a 20-point lead with 7:36 left in the game, 57-37. Cheyney battled back, but UMES could not miss as they went on another 16-5 run to take their largest lead of the game, 73-42, with less than three minutes to play. In the waning moments, Briana Sye (Harrisburg, Pa.) made a freebie and gave the Lady Hawks a 30-point victory, 76-46.
Other notable Hawk performances included senior guard TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.) recording 13 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the charity stripe. Freshman guard Keyera Eaton (Winston-Salem, N.C.) tallied a career-high 10 points off the bench on 50-percent (4-of-8) shooting from the floor in the victory.
UMES opened the contest on a 6-0 spurt, capped off by Burke’s steal and layup. After one quarter of play, the Lady Hawks led, 15-9. Midway through the second quarter, DeJesus made a layup and put the Wolves within striking distance, 19-16. Maryland Eastern Shore answered with a 7-0 run, capped off by Kelly’s layup, 26-16. Cheyney refused to give up as they closed out the first half on an 8-3 run to make the intermission score, 29-25.