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.