BANGOR, Maine – UMBC freshman guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) knocked down nine-of-12 free throws and reset her career high with 16 points, but Maine drained eight of its 12 three pointers in the opening half and cruised to a 68-39 victory in front of an ESPN3 audience in America East women's basketball action on Wednesday night at the Cross Insurance Center.
McCarley also pulled down six rebounds to earn America East Player of the Game honors for the Retrievers, while sophomore guard Liz McNaughton (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) shot four-for-five from the field and finished with 11 points, her third consecutive game with double-digit points.
The Retrievers fall to 2-12 on the season and 1-1 in conference play, while Maine snaps a three-game skid to improve to 7-8 and 1-1 in league action.
Maine was on fire in the opening 10 minutes of action, knocking down 12-of-18 shots, including eight treys to take a 32-9 advantage. During the span, the Black Bears went on a 25-4 run and forced the Retrievers into six turnovers.
The Black Bears cooled off in the second part of the opening frame, hitting six-of-18 shots, but was still able to take a 45-21 lead into the break. The reigning America East Co-Rookie of the Year Liz Wood poured in 12 of her game-high 17 points in the opening period, while senior guard Ashleigh Roberts scored eight of her 12 points in the frame and finished as Maine's America East Player of the Game after registering her 1,000th career point.
Neither team shot well in the second half, as the squads combined to shoot 26.7 percent from the field. The Retrievers allowed Maine to build its lead up to as many as 37 points in the half, but UMBC would close out the game on a 9-2 run over the final five minutes of play.
The black and gold attempted a season-low 36 shots on the night and knocked down 30.6 percent of its shots in the game.
The Black Bears corralled 17 offensive rebounds in the contest and forced UMBC into 18 turnovers, leading to 12 second chance points and 31 points off of turnovers.
UMBC returns home on Saturday, Jan. 11 to take on conference-newcomer UMass Lowell. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at the RAC Arena, with the UMBC men's team taking on Maine a 3:30 p.m.
-UMBC moves to an even 7-7 record in televised games over the last four years.
-The Retrievers still hold an 11-10 advantage in the all-time series.
-Junior guard Janelle Saling made her first start in a Retrievers' uniform, marking the fifth different starting lineup for the Retrievers this season.
-Liz McNaughton tabbed double-digit points for a career-best three straight games and is averaging 10.7 points per game during the span.
-UMBC shot a season-low 36 shots and made a season-low 11 field goals. The Retrievers' nine three-point attempts was also a season-low.