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Women’s Basketball Picks up First Win of Season, 58-51, Over Coppin State
Tope Obajolu was named America East Player of the Game with eight points, six rebounds and a school-record seven blocks against Coppin State.
Obajolu had five blocks in the first half, and her record-breaking rejection occurred with 1:07 remaining in the game. The previous mark of six was achieved three times, most recently by Amanda Robinson against
Coppin State led, 9-2, after five minutes, but the Retrievers used a 14-4 run over the next six minutes to take the lead for good. Leading 19-16 at the 6:53 mark, UMBC scored 10 of the final 13 points of the half to take a 29-19 lead into the break.
After the Eagles pulled to within six early in the second stanza, the Retrievers held them scoreless for a seven-minute stretch, during which time Coppin State went 0-for-12 with seven turnovers, while UMBC opened an 18-point lead, 45-27.
But with 4:12 remaining, the visitors rattled off a 12-2 run to again make it a six-point game, 57-51, with 1:02 remaining, but they could get no closer.
Obajolu was named America East Player of the Game with eight points, six rebounds and her school-record seven blocks. Junior forward Erin Brown (
Coppin State forward Larissa Carter and center Jeanine Manley each posted double-doubles to lead their team. Carter recorded 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Manley contributed 11 points and 10 boards.
The Eagles committed 28 turnovers, including 17 in the first half, and the Retrievers capitalized, scoring 24 points off miscues. Coppin State outrebounded UMBC, 55-42, with 23 coming on the offensive glass. Both teams struggled from the floor, as the Retrievers shot 33.9 percent while holding the Eagles to a .282 clip.
The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, when they host