#retriever50for50 - Women's Basketball Engineers Fourth-Largest Comeback in NCAA DI History

#retriever50for50 -  Women's Basketball Engineers Fourth-Largest Comeback in NCAA DI History

Highlights, UMBC vs. Boston U., Feb. 24, 2010

Carlee Cassidy's collegiate basketball career had some seriously improbable moments.

The sharp-shooting guard may be best known for her team-leading 14-point effort which led the seventh-seeded Retrievers to a two-point win over Hartford in the 2007 America East title game. UMBC knocked off the Nos. 2, 3, and 1 seeds to earn the title in Cassidy's freshman campaign.

But three seasons later, Cassidy also played a primary role in the moment at No. 33 in the #retriever50for50 countdown. The date was Feb. 24, 2010 and it was the Syracuse native's final appearance at the RAC Arena.

She was the lone senior to be honored before the game, but UMBC could not carry that positive energy into the first 20 minutes of play. The Retriever converted only five first-half field goals and trailed, 35-18, at the half. When the Terriers opened the second half with a pair of treys, the Retrievers were in the rear view by 23 points with 17 minutes remaining.  

But four minutes later, UMBC trailed by just four points. They scored 19 consecutive points by hitting seven consecutive shots, including five from behind the arc.

It looked like that rally took too much out of the hosts, as the visitors scored five straight to regain a nine-point advantage, 46-37, with 11:14 remaining. But UMBC surged again, outscoring BU, 17-3, and taking their first lead since 2-0, at 52-51 with six minutes to play.

BU guard Caitlynn Moran hit a jumper with 2:10 remaining to briefly give the Terriers a 55-54 advantage, but Cassidy responded with a layup 25 seconds later that put the Retrievers on top for good.

It was truly a tale of two halves for the Retrievers, who shot 55.6 percent (15-for-27) in the second stanza, including 50 percent (7-for-14) from behind the arc, and committed just three turnovers after making just five of 23 field goals (21.7 percent) and two of 11 three-point attempts (18.2 percent) in the first period with 12 miscues.

Cassidy led all scorers with 25 points, including 16 during UMBC's second-half comeback, pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and added three assists.

Two games later, Cassidy completed her career with 1,627 career points, second all-time at UMBC, and a school-record 248 three-pointers.

The 23-point comeback is still the fourth-largest in women's basketball's NCAA Division I history.