BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball's freshman forward Sara Tarbert (Delta, Pa./Kennard-Dale) tallied her third double-double of the season and freshman guard Emily Russo (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) nearly added a triple-double, finishing with nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but a 10-0 run over the final 4:30 of the contest gave UMass Lowell a 65-57 victory on Saturday afternoon at the RAC Arena.
Russo's 10 rebounds, seven assists and four steals were all career-highs for the rookie. The 20 combined rebounds for Russo and Tarbert marked the first time a pair of Retrievers each pulled down at least 10 rebounds in a contest since Jan. 28, 2012 when Erin Brown and Kristin Coles combined for 27 rebounds. Sophomore center Bridget O'Donnell (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) matched a career-high with 13 points and added seven rebounds.
UMBC (2-13, 1-2 AE) drops its second consecutive contest, while UMass Lowell (1-12, 1-2 AE) picks up its first victory of the season.
Taylor, who reset her career-high with 16 points on Wednesday, continued where she left off, opening the contest with a layup in the paint for the Retrievers, but UMBC struggled to knock down shots early, connecting on two of its first 10 attempts, while UML's junior guard Jasmine McRoy drained three of her first four attempts to help UMass Lowell to a 7-6 advantage.
The River Hawks' season-leader, Shannon Samuels got into the mix, scoring the game's next five points, but the Retrievers responded with a pair of treys from junior guard Janelle Saling (Lathrop, Mo./Lathrop/Highland CC) and Tarbert, evening the contest at 12.
The Retrievers' defense late in the second half allowed Russo and O'Donnell to go on an 8-0 run and gave UMBC its biggest lead of the afternoon at 25-20.
UMBC hit 34.6 percent of its shots in the opening half, but were able to corral seven offensive rebounds and convert them into seven second chance points. The Retrievers were unable to take advantage of getting to the foul line 15 times in the period, knocking down eight attempts from the charity stripe, but still took a 29-25 advantage into the break. Tarbert and O'Donnell combined for 14 of the Retrievers 29 points, each contributing seven points in the frame.
The River Hawks picked up their shooting percentage in the second half, hitting eight shots from beyond the arc and knocking down 44.4 percent of their three-point attempts. Neither team was able to gain control in the second period, as the game finished with nine ties and 13 lead changes.
A trey from Tarbert with 8:33 to go, gave the Retrievers back the lead, 53-50, with 8:33 to go, however, UMBC hit just two of their last 13 shots and added four turnovers during the time frame to let the game slip out of its grips.
McRoy finished the afternoon with a career-high 22 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore forward Lindsey Doucette added 13 rebounds and eight boards. Freshman guard Nicole Hayner also reached double-digit points, scoring 11.
UMBC returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 15, when it hosts New Hampshire in its ninth annual Midday Madness. Tip-off is set for noon with over 3,000 students set to be in attendance.
-UMass Lowell captures a victory in its first-ever meeting with the Retrievers.
-Jasmine McRoy was the America East Player of the Game for UMass Lowell, while Emily Russo garnered the award for UMBC.
-Janelle Saling has at least one trey in each of the last eight games.
-Bridget O'Donnell reached double-digits for the third time this season and the second time in the last five games.
-Taylor Mills saw her first action in five games, seeing 12 minutes of action.
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February 15, 2014 Women’s Basketball Continues Homestand on Sunday Versus Vermont
February 14, 2014 Women’s Basketball Game Versus Vermont Pushed Back to Sunday at Noon
February 10, 2014 Women’s Basketball Opens a Three Game Homestand Tuesday
February 8, 2014 Late Run Downs Women’s Basketball at UMass Lowell, 59-51
February 7, 2014 Women’s Basketball Continues Road Trip at UMass Lowell
February 6, 2014 Women’s Basketball Outlasted by New Hampshire, 46-35
February 5, 2014 Women’s Basketball Hits the Road to Take on New Hampshire
February 1, 2014 Maine’s Three Ball Drains UMBC Women’s Basketball, 61-48
January 31, 2014 Women’s Basketball Returns Home to Take on Maine Saturday
January 28, 2014 Women’s Basketball Falls to Defending League Champion Albany, 65-39
January 27, 2014 Tabert Snags America East Rookie of the Week Honors
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January 19, 2014 Women’s Basketball Travels to Stony Brook for Monday Matinee
January 17, 2014 Women’s Basketball Opens Tough Weekend at Vermont
January 14, 2014 Women’s Basketball Hosts UNH in Ninth Annual Midday Madness
January 13, 2014 McCarley Garners First America East Rookie of the Week Honors
January 11, 2014 Late Run Drops Women’s Basketball Against UMass Lowell, 65-57
January 10, 2014 Women’s Basketball Hosts Conference Newcomer UMass Lowell
January 8, 2014 Women’s Basketball Falls at Maine, 68-39
January 6, 2014 Women’s Basketball Travels to Maine for ESPN3 Matchup
January 3, 2014 Women’s Basketball Opens America East Play Versus Binghamton
December 30, 2013 Career Shooting Day From Ohio Downs Women’s Basketball
December 29, 2013 Women’s Basketball Drops JMU Invitational Opener to Norfolk State, 56-43
December 28, 2013 Women’s Basketball Opens Invitational Versus Norfolk State
December 21, 2013 Women’s Basketball Falls Short Against Loyola, 56-49
December 20, 2013 Retrievers Return to Action at Loyola After 13-Day Hiatus
December 9, 2013 Retrievers Open Four-Game Road Swing at Bucknell on Tuesday
December 6, 2013 Women’s Basketball Returns Home to Take on VCU on Saturday
December 3, 2013 Stern Inks Four in Early Signing Period for Women’s Basketball
December 2, 2013 Tarbert Earns America East Rookie of the Week Honors
November 30, 2013 Long Ball Drains Women's Basketball Versus Brown, 92-53
November 29, 2013 Turnovers and Foul Trouble Dooms Women’s Basketball Against Rider, 60-48
November 27, 2013 Women’s Basketball Travels for a Pair of Games at the Navy Classic
November 26, 2013 Women’s Basketball Late Run Falls Short Against Towson, 64-57
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November 23, 2013 Women’s Basketball Battles, But Falls to NEC Favorite Robert Morris
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November 16, 2013 Women’s Basketball Downed by UMES, 68-45
November 15, 2013 Women’s Basketball Hosts UMES on Saturday
November 13, 2013 Women’s Basketball Falls to Cross-Town Rival Coppin State, 78-62
November 12, 2013 Women’s Basketball Travels to Cross-Town Rival Coppin State
November 7, 2013 2013-14 Women's Basketball Season Outlook
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