Bangor, ME – The UMBC women's basketball team (5-10, 0-2) got a game-high 12 points from freshman Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy/Liceo Classico Enrico Perito), but host Maine (8-9, 1-1) shot a blistering 52.9% (18-34) from the field in the second half , including 50% (7-14) on three-pointers, to defeat the Retrievers, 72–40, on Saturday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center.
Senior Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) was the only other Retriever in double-digits, with ten points, while Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) pulled down ten rebounds.
It was a sluggish first quarter as both teams struggled from the field early, combining to miss their first seven shots, before Maine got hot late to a 15-8 lead into the second quarter. Costa scored six consecutive points bridging the two quarters to keep UMBC close, and her eighth point of the game late in the second cut the deficit to 21-16. The Retrievers had a few chances to cut the lead to one possession before the end of the half, but couldn't capitalize and a Black Bear three pointer with three seconds left sent Maine into the half up 26-18.
Maine started off the second half on fire, outscoring UMBC 14-1 in the first five minutes to push the lead to 40-19. The Retrievers missed their first 10 shots of the second half, finally getting a Te'yjah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) Oliver jumper with 55 seconds left to break the ice, but Maine still took a 51-19 lead into the final stanza.
UMBC returns to Baltimore for its America East home opener against Hartford on Wednesday at 7 p.m.. Fans can watch the game on ESPN3.