CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--Sophomore Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) recorded a career-high 11 points off the bench and the UMBC women's basketball team forced a season-high 14 steals, but the Retrievers (4-7) fell at Virginia 61-46 Saturday night at the John Paul Jones Arena.
Coles was 5-of-6 from the field, including 3-for-3 in the first half, when UMBC shot 50 percent (9-18) from the field, while holding the Cavaliers (7-4) to 38.5 percent (10-26).
After falling behind 8-5, the Retrievers battled back with a 7-1 run capped by a junior Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) layup with 12:42 to go. Virginia bounced back and was up nine with 3:17 to go, before UMBC cut the lead to four at the half, 25-21, with a Brown three at the 27 second mark.
Following a first half that featured 31 turnovers between the two teams, Virginia opened the second half on a 14-5 run over the first 4:23 of the first half to take a 42-26 lead and held on for the victory.
Junior Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) posted a season-high 16 points and a career-high four steals, reaching double figures for the sixth-straight game and 10th time this season.
UVA out-rebounded UMBC 42-23, while the Retrievers were 41.9 percent from the field to Virginia's 36.8 percent.
Virginia now leads the all-time series 2-0.
The Retrievers return to action Tuesday when they travel to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy at 7 p.m.