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Retrievers Drop Heartbreaker to Hartford, 69-66, in America East Opener
Carlee Cassidy scored her 1,400th career point against Hartford.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC women’s basketball team (6-8, 0-1 AE) fought back from a 16-point first-half deficit, but the comeback fell short in the end as Hartford (11-3, 2-0 AE) held on for a 69-66 win Wednesday evening at the RAC Arena in the America East Conference opener for the Retrievers.
The Hawks scored the first seven points of the game, as the Retrievers missed their first seven shots and committed five turnovers in the first seven minutes of the game. After
Down 30-15 with 2:16 remaining, the Retrievers rattled off 10 straight points, including a pair of 3-pointers by senior guard Carlee Cassidy (
A 3-pointer by junior forward Meghan Colabella (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) gave the Retrievers their first lead of the game, 35-34, at the 15:52 mark, but Hartford guard Daphne Elliott answered with a triple of her own 33 seconds later to put the visitors back on top.
After sophomore guard Michelle Kurowski (
Neither team led by more than three until a 12-4
The Hawks, meanwhile, struggled from the line down the stretch, making just five of 10 foul shots in the final 58 seconds, giving the Retrievers hope, and Cassidy twice made layups in the final 16 seconds following
A free throw by Hawk guard Jenna Peterson made it a three-point game with eight seconds remaining. Cassidy, UMBC’s career 3-point leader, had the ball but could not find an open shot, and her last-second attempt hit off the back of the rim and bounced away, as
Cassidy led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including three 3-pointers, and she added a team-high six rebounds and two steals to earn UMBC’s America East Player of the Game. She now has 212 triples in her career, the fifth-most in ever by an America East player after passing
Obajolu was the only other Retriever in double figures, as she was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line and finished with 12 points. Colabella and sophomore guard Katie Brooks (
The Retrievers shot 48 percent (24-for-50) in the game while holding the Hawks to 38.9 percent.
The Retrievers return to action on Sunday, Jan. 10, when they take on America East rival