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Boston’s Hot Shooting Sinks UMBC Women’s Basketball, 72-51
Raven Harris became UMBC's single season steals leader
BOSTON – UMBC women’s basketball senior guard Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne/American) tabbed six takeaways to become the Retrievers’ single-season leader in steals and added a team-high 15 points, but it was not enough to stop a hot shooting afternoon for Boston University, as the Terriers went on to defeat UMBC, 72-51, in America East action at Case Gym.
BU received a combined 40 points from veteran guards Chantell Alford and Mo Moran on Senior Day. Alford finished with a game-high 26 points and five assists to garner America East Player of the Game honors, while Harris earned the award for the Retrievers. UMBC Senior guard Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) added nine points and 10 rebounds in her second start of the year, while sophomore forward Ashley Lambert (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) chipped in 10 points.
UMBC (10-17, 6-8 AE) snaps its three-game win streak and falls for just the second time in six games, while Boston University (23-5, 13-2 AE) avoids back-to-back losses and wins its seventh contest in its last eight tries.
The Retrievers gave BU a seven-point cushion, before Harris got UMBC going with a runner in the lane. The black and gold would make three of its next four shots to knot up the game at nine apiece.
With the game tied up at 14, the Terriers used a 10-0 run behind a pair of treys from junior guard Danielle Callahan and Alford added a layup and a tip-in to give BU a 24-14 advantage. The Retrievers missed seven straight shots during the run and were held scoreless for 6:16.
UMBC chipped away at the deficit with Lambert sinking a pair of free throws and Harris knocking down a short jumper, to come within six at 24-18 at the 4:57 mark. With the Retrievers shooting just 29.6 percent from the floor in the opening half, the Terriers were able to extent their lead back to 10 at the break, 30-20.
The two teams started off the second half sluggish, misfiring on the first nine shots from the field, but action picked up with the teams connecting on each of the next eight, bringing UMBC within single-digits, 40-32 with 14:55 remaining.
With Coles forced to the bench less than a minute later with her fourth foul, the Terriers looked to put the game away starting with a three-point play from junior forward Rashidat Agboola, but UMBC freshman guard Kayla Seymour (Raleigh, N.C./Panther Creek) stepped in and knocked down back-to-back treys for the Retrievers to come within seven, 47-40. That is as close as the Retrievers would get, as a pair of threes from Alford and Moran sparked an 18-4 BU run, which closed the door on the Retrievers longest win streak of the season. The Terriers shot 52 percent from the floor in the second half and 48.2 percent for the game.
The Retrievers celebrate Senior Night on Wednesday, Feb. 27, when they welcome Hartford to the RAC Arena for their final home contest of the regular season.
-UMBC trails in the all-time series 17-7 and moves to 2-11 on the road this season.
-With six steals, Raven Harris moved into first all-time at UMBC for steals in a single season with 95 on the year.
-In just two seasons of action with the Retrievers, Brittany Crowell entered into UMBC’s top-10 all-time for three-point field goals made (80).