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Women’s Basketball Cruises Past Eastern, 78-40
White finishes with a game-high 16 points
BALTIMORE – UMBC had three players in double-figures, including a game-high 16 points off the bench from sophomore guard Bria White (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase/Longwood), as the Retrievers concluded their five-game homestand with a 78-40 victory against Eastern in Sunday afternoon’s non-conference women’s basketball game at the RAC Arena.
UMBC snapped a two-game skid to improve to 3-3 on the season, while Eastern dropped its third-straight contest to fall to 1-3 on the year.
The Retrievers, who combined to shoot 32.1 percent from the field in the last two games, shot 40.7 percent against the Eagles and held a 38-2 advantage in points in the paint. The Eagles connected on 10-of-22 (.455) three-point attempts, but were able to score just four two-point field goals in the contest.
Although Eastern got on the board first, it was UMBC that exploded out of the gates, behind eight-straight points from senior guard Brittany Crowell (Brandywine, Md./Gwynn Park/James Madison). Crowell, who failed to connect on a field goal in Tuesday’s loss to Towson, connected on three of her first four shots on the afternoon. Crowell would go on to finish with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
UMBC’s bench helped to provide a spark, delivering 14 first half points, including nine from White. Freshman forward Liz McNaughton (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) did her part to chip in, draining a trey and pulling down five rebounds in eight minutes of action. The Retrievers led by as many as 21,36-15, in the first half, following a defensive rebound and transition layup from White with 4:00 to go. A shot from beyond the arc from Eastern’s sophomore guard Gina DiDomenico – the Eagles sixth trey of the half – gave the Retrievers a 40-23 advantage at the break.
Eastern looked to make a run at the start of the second, as the Eagles sunk back-to-back threes from DiDomenico and sophomore guard Kaleigh Boreman, however a steal and layup from senior guard Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne/American) ignited a 19-0 run from UMBC, giving the Retrievers a 61-29 cushion with 10:21 remaining. Eastern would go on to score four more buckets in the contest.
Harris and sophomore guard Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) lit up the stat sheets. Chase finished with 13 points, six rebounds, a career-high five steals and four assists, while Harris chipped in eight points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists. McNaughton and Lambert each added eight points in the winning effort.
Sophomore guard Kaitlyn Dougherty scored a team-high 12 points for the Eagles on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor.
The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 27, when they leave the friendly confines of the RAC Arena for the first time since the season-opener on Nov. 9 and take on American. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bender Arena.Dawg Notes:
-UMBC is victorious in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
-For the second-straight game, a former UMBC player – that played under head coach Phil Stern – made their return to the RAC Arena.
-The Retrievers earned their first 30-point victory since Nov. 15, 2009 when they defeated UMES 102-65.
-UMBC pulled down 50-plus rebounds for the first time this season, finishing with 55 boards and holding a 55-33 rebounding advantage.
-The Retrievers used their third starting lineup of the season (Lauren Chase, Raven Harris, Brittany Crowell, Ashley Lambert and Dana Lewis), starting sophomore forward Ashley Lambert for the first time this season.
-The Eagles 10 three-pointers was the most for a UMBC opponent since Hampton drained 14 last season in a 47-75 loss.
-Senior guard Raven Harris has three-or-more steals and assists in five of the first six games. She ended the night with five steals and four assists.
-Freshman forward Liz McNaughton notched career-highs in points (eight), rebounds (six) and minutes played (19). Classmate Keri Kleist added a career-highs in points (six) and rebounds (four).