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Women’s Basketball Drops Season Opener at Delaware, 59-44
Erin Brown led UMBC with 12 points in the season opener.
Both teams were cold from the floor in the first half, combining to make just four of the first 19 shots. But Delle Donne sparked a 14-2 Blue Hen run with 10 points of her own to put
Delle Donne scored her team’s first eight points of the second stanza, as the Blue Hens took a game-high 16-point lead, 37-21, at the 16:20 mark.
The Retrievers countered with three straight 3-pointers – two by junior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and one by junior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) to make it a seven-point game, and UMBC extended the spurt to 14-3, cutting its deficit to just five, 40-35, with 8:54 left.
But a 3-pointer by
Brown led the Retrievers with 12 points, while freshman guard Raven Gerald (
Delle Donne’s 36 points came on 13-of-29 shooting, including 4-of-8 from long distance, and she was a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line. She was the only Blue Hen in double digits, as her teammates combined to add just five field goals. Forward Eva Riddick grabbed a team-best eight rebounds, as
The Retrievers return to action on Sunday, when they visit in-state rival UMES at 3 p.m.