Thursday, December 1, 2016

Win over UNCG is a good sign for UMES Hawks women's hoops

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -- Tuesday night was another good sign for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s women’s basketball team.

The Hawks used a 13-0 run to retake the lead inside the Hytche Center in Princess Anne, closing out a 60-53 win over the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Spartans. The victory served as another signal that these Hawks are much better than they were a year ago.

“I do have a good feeling about this team,” said Fred Batchelor, Eastern Shore's head coach. “I think they’re just really strong and they want to win. This is a tough game, coming right off of Thanksgiving break. They have a strong will though. They don’t care about anything else but winning and that’s a mentality we have to continue to maintain.”

The Hawks weren’t all that bad last year. Batchelor’s side had a winning record in the MEAC, going 10-6, and they were 12-17 overall. But in their 2015-16 campaign, the Hawks lost to UMBC and UNCG, and they weren’t competitive whatsoever against the mighty Maryland Terrapins.

Five games in, the Hawks have righted those blunders.

This season, they’ve avenged two of those losses – beating UMBC on the road and topping UNCG at home – and they put up a better fight against the Terps.


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