White’s Career-High 20 Not Enough Against Towson
White poured in a career-high 20 points
BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore guard Bria White (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase/Longwood) drained a career-best 20 points, but the Retrievers were unable to recover from a poor shooting performance, 29.1 percent from the floor, and fell, 62-44, to local rival Towson in Tuesday night’s non-conference women’s basketball game at the RAC Arena.
The Tigers had three players in double-digit points, including a double-double from redshirt junior Nyree Williams, 22 points and 12rebounds, as UMBC dropped its second-straight and fell to 2-3 on the year, while Towson won its second consecutive matchup against the Retrievers and remain undefeated on the season at 3-0.
The Retrievers’ shooting woes continued on Tuesday, as UMBC shot 20.7 percent (6-for-29) from the field in the opening half and were held without a field goal in the final 9:40 of the first half.
Following back-to-back baskets from sophomore guard/forward Ashley Lambert (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend), to bring the Retrievers within one at 15-14, with 10:20 to go in the first half, UMBC missed its next 13 shots from the floor and received its only other point on a free throw from freshman center Keri Kleist (Mason, Ohio/Sycamore) with 7:44 to go in the period. Towson finished the half on an 18-1 run to take a 33-15 lead into the break.
The Retrievers shot out of the locker room, outscoring the Tigers 11-4 in the first 2:41 – behind seven points from White – to come within 11, 37-26. However, Towson weathered the storm, jumping on the offensive glass and converting second chance points to help preserve its lead. The Tigers held a 38-10 advantage with points in the paint and converted with 19 offensive rebounds into 19 second chance points.
An 11-0 run by Towson’s senior forward Michelle Pebbles and sophomore forward Markell Smith put the game out of reach, 56-32, with 8:16 to play. Pebbles finished with 10 points and Smith chipped in nine.
Junior guard Tanisha McTiller was one rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
UMBC concludes its five-game homestand on Sunday, Nov. 25 against Eastern. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the RAC Arena.
-UMBC used its second starting lineup of the season, starting Lauren Chase, Brittany Crowell, Raven Harris, Dana Lewis (first start of the year) and Bria White
-The Retrievers shot 29.1 percent from the floor, shooting less than 30% for the first time since Jan. 19, 2012, a 43-61 loss to Binghamton.
-UMBC was outrebounded 47-29 in the contest and is being outrebounded by 10.6 rebounds per game this season
-In five games, the Retrievers are being outscored 176-110 in points in the paint.
-Junior center Dana Lewis earned her second career start. Her only other start came as a freshman against Coppin State on Nov. 16, 2010
-Bria White notched her first 20-point scoring performance with a career-high 20 points.