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Retrievers Win Fourth Straight, Defeat Towson, 69-68, in Womenís Basketball Thriller
Erin Brown posted her second double-double in three games with 10 points and 10 boards.
BALTIMOREóThe UMBC womenís basketball team won its fourth straight game and handed cross-town rival Towson (5-1) its first loss of the season with a 69-68 thriller Saturday evening at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers improve to 6-2 on the season, matching the best start in the programís Division I history.
UMBC had dropped four straight contests to the Tigers and defeated
Junior guard Carlee Cassidy (
Freshman guard Michelle Kurowski (
The Retrievers got off to a slow start offensively, making just eight field goals in the first half and shooting 28.6 percent from the floor, but 18
Brown drained a three-pointer just 11 seconds into the second half to trim UMBCís deficit to 34-32, but Towson scored eight straight points to take a game-high 11-point lead, 43-32, with 18:27 remaining. Brown hit her second triple of the game on the next Retriever possession to give the momentum back to the hosts, who went on a 12-3 run to again cut the margin to two points, 46-44, with 15 minutes left. Cassidy scored seven points during the stretch.
But the Tigers scored the next seven points to reopen a nine-point advantage, 53-44, with 11:22 left on the clock, and the teams traded baskets for the next two minutes before 10 points by Kurowski sparked a 14-4 Retriever spurt that was capped by a layup by Cassidy that gave UMBC a 62-61 lead.
A three-pointer by Towson guard Omara Parker put the visitors up by two points, 66-64, with just under three minutes remaining, but Cassidy answered with a triple of her own to put the Retrievers back on top, 67-66, with 1:34 to play.
Parker missed a jumper on
With 13 seconds to play, Baker-Brice missed her lay-up at the other end of the floor, but
Parker led four Tigers in double figures with 15 points, while Wheeler posted a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with three blocks.
The Retrievers were much better from the floor in the second period, shooting 48.4 percent (15-for-34), including 54.5 percent from three-point range (6-for-11), and finished at 39 percent from the field in the game. However, UMBC shot well below its
The Retrievers return to action on Monday, Dec. 8, when they conclude their three-game home stand with their third straight cross-town rival in