Boston’s Second Half Run Downs UMBC Women’s Basketball, 63-49
Crowell leads the Retrievers in scoring for the third-straight game
BALTIMORE – UMBC women’s basketball senior guard Brittany Crowell (Brandywine, Md./Gwynn Park/James Madison) led the Retrievers in scoring for the third-straight game to earn America East Player of the Game honors, while senior guard Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne/American) notched double-digit points for the seventh consecutive game, but it was not enough as a 15-0 Boston run in the second half proved to be the difference as the Terriers picked up a 63-49 victory in Saturday afternoon’s America East contest at the RAC Arena.
BU’s Rashidat Agboola, Chantell Alford and Mo Moran each recorded double-digit points and combined for 50 of Boston’s 63 points in the contest. Agboola, the Terriers’ America East Player of the Game, nearly tabbed a double-double, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Alford shot seven-for-nine from the floor and four-for-five from beyond the arc to finish with 18 points. Alford also added six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Moran chipped in 11 points and a game-high nine assists.
Boston (17-4, 7-1 AE) rebounded from its first conference loss of the season by shooting 45.6 percent from the floor, while UMBC (6-14, 2-5 AE) shot 28.6 percent from the floor in the second half and 32.8 percent for the game to fall for the fourth time in the last five games.
UMBC struggled in the early going, connecting two of its first nine shots, allowing the Terriers to jump out in front 9-2, after five-straight points from the reigning America East Player of the Year Alford. BU would lead by as many as 11 in the first half, before a 10-0 run from the Retrievers – thanks to scoring from four different players – brought UMBC back within one, 18-17, with 8:46 to go in the period.
Harris and Crowell would go on to shoot four-for-six in the final eight minutes, accounting for the rest of the Retrievers’ scoring in the first half, including a trey from Crowell, three of her 13 first half points, with 2:53 left in the stanza to give UMBC its first lead of the afternoon. Moran would hit a short jumper 1:06 later, giving the Terriers a one-point advantage at the break, 32-31.
UMBC took the lead out of the break on a layup from Crowell, but Alford had the response, connecting on a jumper, to take back the lead. The Retrievers would go back out in front for the final time of the afternoon on a layup by junior center Dana Lewis (Brodhead, Wis./Brodhead), 35-34. Just 12 seconds later, Moran gave the Terriers the lead for good, sparking a 15-0 run over a 6:38 time span.
Harris tried to chip away at the lead, but Agboola scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, to help the Terriers extend to a 17 point advantage, 39-56, with 8:12 to help solidify the contest.
UMBC returns to the court for America East action on Wednesday, Jan. 26, when the Retrievers host Binghamton. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the RAC Arena.
-Boston leads the all-time series 16-7. UMBC moves to 5-5 on the season on its home court.
-The Retrievers have used the starting lineup of Bria White, Raven Harris, Brittany Crowell, Dana Lewis and Kim Browning a season most six times on the year. UMBC has used nine different starting lineups on the year, with Harris and Crowell being the only two players to start in all 20 games.
-Raven Harris has scored in double-figure in seven straight games.
-Bria White pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds.
-Brittany Crowell has score 15-plus points in each of the last five games and has double-digit points in each of the last six games.