BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball's freshmen posts Sara Tarbert (Delta, Pa./Kennard-Dale) and Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) combined for 25 points and 17 rebounds, but it was not enough to guide the Retrievers past UMES, as the Lady Hawks drained 12 three-point baskets on the afternoon to defeat UMBC, 68-45, on Saturday afternoon's non-conference matchup at the RAC Arena.
Tarbert, the America East Player of the Game for the third consecutive contest, grabbed her third-straight double-digit performance of her young career and became the first Retriever to lead UMBC in points, rebounds and assists in a game since Erin Brown did so at Towson on Nov. 27, 2011. Hagaman scored eight points and pulled down eight boards off the bench, while freshman guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) made her first collegiate start in the contest and finished with 10 points on four-of-eight shooting from the floor.
The Retrievers fall for the second time in four days to move to 1-2 on the year, while UMES garners its first victory of the 2013-14 campaign.
UMES took control from the tip, as junior guard Shawnee Sweeney hit back-to-back threes to open the contest and junior guard Jessica Long added one of two free throws to put the Lady Hawks out in front, 7-0. Five of UMBC's 22 turnovers came in the opening 2:36, but the Retrievers able to get on the board as sophomore center Bridget O'Donnell (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) hit Tarbert for one of her two assists on the afternoon.
The Lady Hawks would go on to hit four of their first five shots from beyond the arc to take a 13-4 advantage with 15:05 to go in the half. UMES would build up its lead to as many as 11, before Hagaman would come off the bench to provide a spark for the Retrievers. The rookie center helped the black and gold to trim down its deficit to five, 21-16, over the ensuing five minutes, not only by scoring four points, but by pulling down a pair of offensive boards, drawing a UMES foul on a defensive rebound and dishing out a pair of helpers for the Retrievers.
McCarley registered two of her 10 points to with 5:15 to go in the period to bring UMBC within three, but UMES, who had not made a three since the 15:05 mark, drained back-to-back threes in the midst of an 11-2 run to close out the half with a 32-20 advantage.
UMES extended its run into the second half, scoring 10 of the first 12 points of the period. The Lady Hawks would lead by as many as 20 before the Retrievers looked to make the comeback behind Tarbert, McCarley and Hagaman. The freshmen trio would bring UMBC back within 10, 47-37, with 9:14 to go in the half.
The Retrievers hung around, but were unable to bring the deficit into single-digits before Sweeney rattled off seven consecutive points, including treys and two straight possessions to extend the lead back to 20-points, 62-42, and put the game out of reach for the black and gold.
Sweeney was one of four Lady Hawks to finish with double-digit points. The junior guard hit seven of UMES' 12 treys for a game-high 22 points, while sophomore forward Ashleigh Claybrooks took home the game's only double-double, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Thirty-eight of UMBC's 45 points came in the paint, but the Retrievers hit one of seven attempts from three-point range in the contest and surrendered 17 offensive rebounds on the afternoon.
UMBC returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 20 when it hosts American in a Retrievers' basketball doubleheader at the RAC Arena. The women open up the evening with a 5 p.m. tip-off, followed by the UMBC men taking on Loyola at 7:30 p.m.