By Maryland Eastern-Shore Athletic Communications
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks topped the Revolutionaries of George Washington University, 62-59, on Saturday.
“After a tough first quarter, we came back and played some solid basketball,” Head Coach Fred Batchelor said. “I am so proud of our ladies. They have worked so hard and to have this moment and this win on Homecoming means everything.”
After totaling just five points in the first quarter, UMES came back with a 20 point second quarter to go into halftime down by three, 38-35, against the previously unbeaten Revolutionaries. The teams played evenly for the majority of the third as GWU held a 46-42 edge heading into the fourth period.
Hawk guard Zamara Haynes gave the Hawks the lead early in the fourth as she erupted for nine straight points as UMES led 51-49 at the 6:59 mark. As the teams continued to go back and forth, another Haynes basket with 1:15 to go put UMES up by two. The Hawks forced GWU into three turnovers in the final minute while adding two more free throws to seal the homecoming victory.
“We had a belief and a confidence in our game tonight,” said Batchelor. “Our ladies are motivated to do something special this season and we showed what we are capable of tonight. I am fortunate to be coaching this team.”
Haynes was impressive off the bench finishing with 17 points to lead the Hawk offense. Jala Bannerman finished with 12 points. Ariana Seawell recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
GWU was led by Nya Robertson’s 21 points.
Improving to 2-3 overall, the Hawks travel to Towson on Tuesday night.