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WOMEN'S HOOPS DEFEATS MORGAN STATE, 57-34
Baltimore, MD - -- The host UMBC Retrievers tied a school-record by hitting 12 three-point field goals en-route to a 57-34 victory over local rival Morgan State (0-3), Tuesday evening at UMBC RAC Arena. The Retrievers have opened the season at 2-0 for the first time since the 1989-90 campaign.
The 34 points are the fewest points allowed since UMBC joined the Division I ranks in 1986-87 and are the fewest points they have allowed in the "NCAA era" which began in 1982-83.
The Retrievers led 34-16 at halftime as they connected on 8 of 20 tri-fectas. Morgan trailed just 7-4 with 15:25 remaining, but an 11-0 run by the Retrievers pushed the lead to 14 points with 11:14 left. UMBC sophomore guard Christine Catalanotto and senior guard Jessie Brown capped the run with three-pointers. The Bears were within 12 points, 24-12, with 5:54 left but UMBC outscored the visitors 17-4 to close out the stanza.
UMBC opened the second half on a 19-4 run to take their largest lead of the game at 53-20 with 8:22 remaining in the contest on a three-point goal by Brown. Morgan State, who shot just 28 percent from the floor, never threatened the Retrievers the rest of the way.
Catalanotto (3-of-7 three-pointers), sophomore guard Anastasia Goncharova, and freshman guard Maria Brown (3-for-4 three-pointers) all scored 11 points to lead the Retrievers, and Jessie Brown added 10. Sophomore forward Lara Seamon added 7 points and 9 rebounds.
Junior guard Erinn Coleman led Morgan State with 8 points and freshman forward Collea Carter added 7 points and 4 steals.
UMBC, who shot 40 percent for the game, connected on 12 of their 30 attempts (40 percent) from behind the arc.