UMBC Falls to Brown, 81-75 in First Round of WBI Tournament

UMBC Falls to Brown, 81-75 in First Round of WBI Tournament

Baltimore, Md.— UMBC women's basketball saw their season end in an 81-75 loss to Brown in the first round of the WBI on Thursday. Three Retrievers hit double figures, led by Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) with 19 points.

The Retrievers end their season at 15-16, while Brown improves to 17-12 on the year.

Brown got out to a fast start, hitting from their first three triples of the game. UMBC clawed back with a couple of and ones from Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) and Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) to five early on.

Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) would bring it to just two after a big three midway through. However the Bears would have the answer continuing their hot shooting to take a 24-17 lead at the break.

After trading baskets early on, the Bears continued to shoot lights out, racing to a 36-25 lead early. They would hold the Retrievers scoreless for over two minutes till a Wilson jumper ended the drought.

But once again it would be the Bears who go on a run, scoring seven straight to take a 15-point lead just before the half. UMBC would have the last laugh of the half, getting a three from Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa./South Park) and a jumper from Oliver to end the half down 43-32.

Oliver led the Retrievers with seven points in the opening 20 minutes as UMBC shot 35 percent from the floor.

The Retrievers came out of the locker room getting the deficit to seven after a three from Wilson and a layup from McCarley. The Bears would maintain their lead throughout the quarter, keeping it around double digits, but the Retrievers got to within eight after three.

Wilson opened the fourth with eight straight points to cut it to 60-58 as the Retrievers mounted their comeback. UMBC would tie the game at 75-75 after a pair of McCarley free throws, but the Bears would end the game on a 6-0 run to take an 81-75 victory on Thursday. 

Wilson finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, while McCarley and Oliver ended in double figures with 18 and 11 respectively.  The Retrievers outscored the Bears 30-10 in the paint, but Brown shot 41 percent from three in the contest.