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Retrievers Pick Up First America East Win, 95-85, Over New Hampshire
Tope Obajolu posted her first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs.
Obajolu finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs, and added three blocks en route to America East Player of the Game honors.
The 95 points ties a Division I record for UMBC, as the Retrievers also scored 95 points against
A 15-4 Retriever spurt, sparked by six points from Obajolu, put UMBC on top, 36-30, with 6:52 to play in the half, but a three-pointer by Wildcat guard Amy Simpson tied the game for the fourth time, 40-40, with 4:20 left. The lead changed hands five times in the final minutes of the period, and
The Wildcats shot 63 percent (17-for-27) in the first half, including 60 percent (6-for-10) from long distance, but led by just two points at halftime because of 15 turnovers, which led to 15 points for UMBC.
The Wildcats trimmed their deficit to two points, 65-63, with 12:16 remaining before seven points from Cassidy and six from Obajolu sparked another 17-5 UMBC spurt gave the hosts control of the game. Obajolu’s layup at the 8:36 mark gave the Retrievers an 11-point advantage, and UMBC led by double digits the rest of the way, taking a game-high 16-point lead on a pair of Cassidy free throws with 1:51 left.
Four Retrievers scored in double figures for the third time in four games, as freshman guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) tallied 21 points and sophomore forward Tonishea Mack (Chicago Heights, Ill./Rich East/Sheridan) added a career-high 12 points and eight rebounds to go along with three steals. Sophomore point guard Michele Brokans chipped in a career-high eight assists and four steals.
The Retrievers grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, which led to 26 second-chance points, including 15 in the second half. UMBC’s bench also outscored
The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 13, when they travel to defending America East champion