|No. 11 Howard Rallies Past No. 6 UMES for first MEAC Tourney Upset||< All News|
|Monday, March 7, 2016|
NORFOLK, Va. – Four Bison scored in double figures and 11th-seeded Howard University outscored sixth-seed University of Maryland Eastern Shore 41-23 in the second half to pull off the first upset of the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Tournament, 68-51, on Monday afternoon at the Norfolk Scope Arena.
Junior Te’Shya Heslip led the Bison with 22 points while senior teammate Victoria Gonzales cashed in 17 points, junior Jasmine Hill bucketed 11 and junior Sydni Johnson delivered 10 points.
Howard (7-23 overall) will advance to the MEAC quarterfinals on Thursday and will play third-seeded Hampton University at Noon. UMES ended its season at 12-17.
Trailing by one at halftime, Howard came out of the locker room and took over with a big third quarter. The Bison outscored UMES 20-11 in the period by making half of its shots (10-of-20) and holding the Hawks to just two made field goals on 14 tries (14.3-percent).
After a late layup by Heslip, Hill came up with a steal on the inbounds play and quickly dished it off for the transition basket by Gonzales as time was expiring in the third period to put Howard up 47-39.
Heslip and Gonzales both scored eight points in the decisive 10-minute period and Howard kept the momentum by once again outscoring the Hawks by nine points the fourth quarter.
Howard forced UMES into 22 turnovers while only making seven mistakes of its own to help the Bison avenge a pair regular season losses to the Hawks. Howard finished with a 16-4 advantage in points off turnovers.
UMES sophomore Moengaroa Subritzky – a First Team All-MEAC selection last week – scored 14 of her team-high 22 points in the first half as the higher-seed led for majority of the early play.
A Subritzky layup soared the Hawks an early 15-7 lead and UMES continued to lead by eight, 19-11, at the end of the first quarter after freshman Ciani Byrom made a layup at the buzzer. Howard rallied in the second quarter to take its only lead of the half at 22-21, but the Hawks scored the next five points and continued to lead into the second half.
Byrom followed Subritzky in the UMES scoring column with 10 points. The Hawks outrebounded the Bison, 50-42, with senior Taryana Kelly pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds in her last game. Byrom also corralled eight rebounds and dished out four assists.Gonzales and Johnson both flirted with double-doubles for Howard with nine and eight rebounds, respectively. Heslip paced an aggressive Bison defense with three steals.