Charlottesville, Va.— UMBC women's basketball suffered a 56-30 defeat at the hands of Virginia on Wednesday night. UMBC got a game high eight points from freshman Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) along with five rebounds to lead the Retrievers.
The Retrievers fall to 3-8 while Virginia improves to 10-2 on the season.
Moore led with eight points and five rebounds, while Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) chipped in seven.
Lauren Moses led all scorers with 15 for the Cavaliers, going 7-12 from the field.
UMBC would take an early lead in the first quarter, getting a triple from Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) on the very first possession. From there the Cavaliers would go on a 6-0 run to take an early 8-3 lead.
Tyler Moore would end the streak with a three of her own, cutting the deficit to 8-6 midway through the first stanza. However Virginia's defense would hold the Retrievers scoreless over the final three minutes to take a 17-8 lead after one.
Quarter two saw both sides struggle, as neither team could muster much offense in the period. The Cavalier defense continued to hold UMBC without a bucket, till freshman Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) hit a mid-range jumper to end the drought.
The Retriever defense stood tall at the end of the quarter, holding Virginia scoreless over a five-minute stretch, forcing five turnovers in the process. UMBC would keep the Cavaliers at bay, holding them to just six points in the quarter.
Moore led the Retrievers with five points, as Oliver (three) and Costa (two) were the only other Retrievers to score. UMBC forced ten Cavalier turnovers through the first ten minutes.
UMBC came out of the locker room firing, as Taylor McCarley had back-to-back and ones to cut the deficit to just 11 early in the second half.
The Cavaliers would answer with a 5-0 run of their own before Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y.) hit a three and Oliver with a run out layup made the UVA lead just ten as part of a 6-0 run. During the run, the Retrievers forced three Virginia turnovers. It would be Virginia however that finished the quarter on a 7-0 run to lead 37-20.
UVA used an 8-0 run over a four-minute stretch in the fourth to seal a 56-30 victory, ending the game on a 7-0 spurt.
UMBC shot just 22 percent from the floor, while the Cavaliers shot 40 percent, including 24 points in the paint.
The Retrievers will conclude the Cavalier Classic against Liberty tomorrow, Dec. 29 at 4:30 p.m. from John Paul Jones Arena.