Women’s Basketball Drops Opener at Morgan State, 72-61
Chase finished with a game-high 18 points
BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore guards Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Bria White (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase/Longwood) combined for 33 points, but it was not enough to overcome the Retrievers’ sluggish first half as three Lady Bears scored in double-figures to help Morgan State pick up a 72-61 victory in Friday night’s 2012-13 women’s basketball season-opener at Hill Field House.
Chase finished with a game-high 18 points, while White added 15 points, six rebounds and a career-high two blocks for the Retrievers.
Morgan State (1-0), who played its first season-opener at home since 2004, jumped out in front 5-0 before a pair of free throws from Chase put UMBC (0-1) on the board. However, the Lady Bears responded with a bucket from Hicks and a three-point play from senior guard Bianca Jarrett as MSU extended its lead to 10-2.
UMBC struggled to convert on the offensive end and allowed the Lady Bears in on the offensive boards en route to a 13-3 MSU run over a 6:06 span to take a 14 point advantage, 24-10.
The Retrievers looked to have shaken off the rust, mounting an 11-2 run, behind four points from White, a bucket and pair of free throws from senior guard Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne/American) and a layup from sophomore forward Ashley Lambert (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend), to come within three points, 28-25, with 4:35 to go in the half.
Morgan State recovered, jumping back out in transition, scoring all 10 points in the final 4:11, including a pair of buckets from Jarrett – four of her nine first half points.
UMBC shot 26.5 percent from the field in the opening half and turned the ball over 11 times en route to a 12-point halftime deficit, 40-28. White finished the first half with 12 of UMBC’s 28 points.
The Lady Bears continued to add to their lead out of the break. A steal and a layup from senior guard Moneshia Davis with 16:16 remaining gave Morgan State its largest lead of the evening, 49-31. However, Harris sparked the Retrievers with an old-fashioned three-point play as UMBC would go on to score seven-straight points.
Morgan State worked the lead back up to 16 points on a layup by sophomore guard Chyress Lockhart, but Chase’s efforts - scoring eight of UMBC’s 11 points over the 5:27 span – along with a trey from freshman guard Kayla Seymour (Raleigh, N.C./Panther Creek) brought the Retrievers back within 11 with 10:38 remaining. UMBC would bring the game within 11 two more times, but was unable to bring the deficit back into single digits, as MSU slowed the ball down and Jarrett, Davis and sophomore guard Tracey Carrington converted on the offensive end – combining for the Lady Bear’s final 14 points.
Morgan State shot at a .524 clip from the floor in the second half and 42.6 percent overall in the game. MSU held advantages at points in the paint (42-22), second chance points (22-8) and rebounding (45-38).
Despite foul trouble, Jarrett finished with a team-high 14 points, while Carrington added 11 points and nine rebounds and Davis chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds. Lockhart dished out a game-high eight assists to go along with eight points. Head coach Donald Beasley earned his 100th victory at Morgan State in the win.
Harris chipped in nine points and a career-high seven rebounds, while Crowell added nine points for the Retrievers.
The Retrievers welcomes Monmouth to the RAC Arena for their home-opener on Sunday, Nov. 11 for a 2 p.m. tip.
-UMBC moves to 9-18 in season-opener since moving to the Division I ranks, including a 1-9 road record.
-UMBC saw the debut of all five of its freshmen, as well as transfer Bria White.
-The Retrievers move to 24-21 all-time against the MEAC, including a 12-10 record against Morgan State.
-Sophomore Bria White’s 15 points marks the third Retriever in two years to score in double-figure points in their UMBC debut.
-Today’s UMBC starting lineup of Kim Browning, Lauren Chase, Brittany Crowell, Raven Harris and Bria White marked the first time since Nov. 14, 2010 that 2012 grads Erin Brown, Michelle Kurowski and Topé Obajolu were not starting for the Retrievers.
-Senior guard Brittany Crowell tallied a career-high 15 field goal attempts and matched a career-high with nine three-point attempts.
-Sophomore guard/forward Ashley Lambert played a career-high 21 minutes.
-Sophomore guard matched a career-high with 18 points.