WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DROPS KEY NEC CONTEST AGAINST QUINNIPIAC AT THE RAC

Baltimore, MD - - -Leading just 24-22 at halftime, the visiting Quinnipiac Braves (11-13, 8-8 NEC) outscored the UMBC Retrievers (11-14, 7-9 NEC) 12-3 to open the second half and went on to a key 64-50, Northeast Conference victory, Monday evening at the UMBC RAC Arena. After an extremely tight first half where neither team led by more than three points, the Braves came out of the locker-room on fire, connecting on back-to-back three-point goals by senior guard Katie Caputi and sophomore forward Sara Esidore in the opening fifty-seven seconds of the stanza. UMBC freshman guard Katie Kramer answered with a trifecta to bring the Retrievers within 30-25 with 18:43 remaining, but Quinnipiac went on a 10-3 run over the next 6:06 to grab a 40-28 lead with 12:48 remaining. UMBC made one final push as they went on a 15-5 run to close within five points at 48-43 with 7:11 remaining on a three-point goal by junior guard Jessie Brown, however, the Braves pushed the lead back to 13 points at 56-43 with 3:45 remaining, outscoring UMBC 8-0 over the stretch. Quinnipiac, who outrebounded UMBC, 40-33, dominated the post-play as the Braves starting frontcourt outscored UMBC's by a by a 42-24 margin. Braves' center Ashlee Kelly recorded game-high's in points (17) and rebounds (16), and Esidore contributed 14 points and 3 steals. UMBC, who shot just thirty-two percent (20-for-61) from the floor, connected on just 6-for-24 (25 percent) from three-point range. Brown led the Retrievers with 14 points and forward's Lara Seamon and Yinka Bada each added 11 points. The loss drops UMBC into ninth place in the conference with just two games remaining, as the top eight teams qualify for the league's post-season tournament.