ANNAPOLIS, Md. – UMBC women's basketball's freshman forward Sara Tarbert (Delta, Pa./Kennard-Dale) notched her second collegiate double-double, pouring in 14 points to go with 10 rebounds, but the Retrievers were unable to hold off Rider as the black and gold turned the ball over 21 times in the contest and sent the Broncs to the charity stripe 17 times in the second period en route to a 60-48 loss in game one of the Navy Classic at Alumni Hall.
Freshman guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) chipped in double-digit points for the second straight game, finishing with 10 points and six rebounds, while sophomore center Bridget O'Donnell (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) and freshman point guard Emily Russo (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) each added eight points on the afternoon.
The Retrievers held a six-point advantage at the break and added the first four points of the second half to increase its lead to its highest of the afternoon at 10 points, 30-20, with 17:28 to go in the contest. Early turnovers for the Retrievers and foul trouble for Russo allowed Rider back into the contest.
A jumper from junior guard Lashay Banks with 13:57 remaining sparked a 9-2 run for the Broncs, with seven of Rider's points coming after Russo was forced to the bench with her fourth foul. Following a Tarbert jumper, Rider freshman guard Stephanie Mason knocked down a three to give the Broncs their first lead since the 14:18 mark of the first half, at 39-38.
Rider continued to put the full-court pressure on the Retrievers and built its lead up to six points, 48-42, with 5:59 to go, but UMBC was not done yet. Tarbert came across the paint to knock down a layup and draw the foul, bringing the Retrievers within three, 48-45, with 3:24 left on the clock, but Rider's 15th all-time leading scorer MyNeshia McKenzie pulled down an offensive rebound and connected on the put back to keep some distance between the Broncs and Retrievers.
Tarbert again brought UMBC within three, 51-48, with 2:04 left on the clock, but Mason put the nail in the coffin by draining her third three of the afternoon, for her game-best 15th point of the contest. Mason was joined by Banks (13) and Marritta Gillcrease (10) in double-digit points for the Broncs.
UMBC's 21 turnovers led to 14 Rider points, while the Broncs turned the ball over just nine times in the contest. The Retrievers went to the free throw line eight times in the game, compared to Rider's 20 trips.
UMBC drops its sixth consecutive contest to move to 1-6, while Rider snaps a two-game skid to improve to 2-4 on the year.
Tarbert gave UMBC a 4-2 early lead and following a three from Rider's sophomore guard Mikal Johns, O'Donnell scored six straight points for the Retrievers, while Russo chipped in a layup to complete an 8-0 run to put the black and gold out in front, 12-5.
Each time Rider tried to trim down the lead, UMBC would have the answer. The Broncs came within three, 19-16, but sophomore guard Liz McNaughton (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) would drill her second three of the half and McCarley added a layup to extend the advantage back to 24-16 with 3:36 to go in the half.
The Retrievers shot 44.4 percent from the field in the opening half, but turned the ball over eight times in the frame. UMBC held Rider to 25.8 percent shooting for the period en route to a six-point lead at the break, 26-20.
UMBC continues action at the Navy Classic with a 3:30 p.m. matchup on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Alumni Hall against Brown. The Retrievers and Bears meet for just the third time, with all three matchups coming on a neutral site.
-UMBC leads the all-time series against Rider, 6-3. The Broncs snap a three-game skid in matchups against the Retrievers.
-The Retrievers led at the half for just the second time all season, the other lead coming against Eastern.
-Sara Tarbert earned America East Player of the Game honors after notching the second double-double of her career.
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