NORFOLK, Va - The Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team saw their season come to an end on Wednesday, falling 71-65 to Bethune-Cookman in the quarterfinal round at the MEAC tournament in Norfolk.
"I thought my kids fought," said UMES head coach Fred Batchelor, "we showed a lot of grit out there today, it was really a tough game."
The Hawks, who lost both regular season matchups to the Wildcats, found themselves in a 14-0 hole to start the game. They would eventually even the game up, and take a one point lead thanks to a great second quarter from senior Tori Morris and junior Ciani Byrom. When the dust settled, UMES would head into the halftime break with a 30-29 lead.
The third quarter was a repeat of the first, with BCU opening on a 16-0 run, and holding the Hawks scoreless until 2:40 left in the third frame. The Hawks would fight to get the deficit as low as 5 in the fourth, but never got under that.
MEAC player of the year Angel Golden finished with a game-high 29 points for the Wildcats, while MEAC defensive player of the year Ashanti Hunt finished with 22 points. For UMES, Byrom finished with a team-high 15, while Tori Morris and Jordyn Smith finished with 10 points a piece.
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