HARRIONBURG, Va. – UMBC women's basketball ran into Ohio University on the wrong day,
as the Bobcats drained 13-of-21 shots from beyond the arc in the opening half and cruised to an 84-36 victory in day two of the James Madison Invitational on Monday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
The Bobcats connected on 19-of-35 shots from three-point range in the contest, including five apiece from junior guard Mariah Byard and sophomore guard Kiyanna Black. The duo combined for 35 points and were two of four Ohio players that finished with double-digit points in the contest.
UMBC sophomore guard Liz McNaughton (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) led the Retrievers in scoring for the first time in her career, knocking down five of her eight shots and finishing with 11 points, while classmate Bridget O'Donnell (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) and junior guard Janelle Saling (Lathrop, Mo./Lathrop/Highland CC) each chipped in 10 points. Saling shot 44 percent from beyond the arc in the tournament.
UMBC spotted Ohio (5-7) nine points out of the gate before sophomores McNaughton and O'Donnell awakened the Retrievers with the squad's first eight points. Saling, who hit four-of-eight from beyond the arc in yesterday's contest, continued to hit from the outside, as a trey from her and one from freshman forward Sara Tarbert (Delta, Pa./Kennard-Dale) cut UMBC's deficit to five, 19-14, with 10:03 to go in the first half. The Bobcats did not lose their stroke though, as they opened the game up with a12-0 run, triggered by eight of Black's game-high 18 points.
Ohio finished the half with 13 of its 16 field goals coming from long range to take a 51-22 advantage at the break. The Bobcats did not cool off much in the second half, hitting six more three-pointers in the period, while the Retrievers hit 25 percent of its shots in the stanza and made 13 of its 22 turnovers.
The Bobcats held a 48-25 advantage on the boards, including 19 offensive rebounds, and converted UMBC's 22 turnovers in 28 points.
The Retrievers close out non-conference play with a 1-11 overall mark and look for a fresh start in the New Year, as UMBC opens America East play against Binghamton on Jan. 4. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at the RAC Arena.
-UMBC drops its first-ever meeting against Ohio.
-Ohio's 19 three-point field goals marked a Convocation Center record for three-point field goals made in a women's game, breaking the previous record of 12 from Feb. 15, 2007. The 19 was also a season-high against the Retrievers and marked a school record for the Bobcats.
-Ohio's 51 first half points matched the most allowed in the opening half of a game this season for the Retrievers.
-UMBC's 36 points was a season-low and marked its lowest point total since Dec. 7 2012. The Retrievers 14 second half points also marked a season-low.
-Bridget O'Donnell's 10 points was her first double-digit scoring performance since the season-opener, while Liz McNaughton's 11 points matched a career-high.
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