Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Women's Basketball team (0-1) lost in their home opener to local foe Coppin State (1-0) in the first round of the Retriever Tip-Off Tournament as the Eagles scored the first seven points of the overtime session to separate themselves from the Retrievers and go on for the 67-57, OT, win. Coppin State advances to the title game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. against Cornell while UMBC and Mount St. Mary's will conclude the tournament with the consolation game at 4:00 p.m.
The Retrievers were led by Brittnie Hughes (Roanoke, Va./Northside) with a 12-point career-high effort. Hughes also dished out a game-high six assists and recorded four steals.
Hughes, one of two sophomores and two freshmen to start for UMBC, led UMBC out to a 12-point first half lead as UMBC took a 24-12 advantage with 6:46 left in the first half. The Eagles went on a 13-2 run to move within one at 26-25 with less than a minute to play in the first stanza. The Retrievers, however, struck with Anastasia Goncharova (Moscow, Russia/The Newport School) dropping a trey as time expired to give UMBC a four point half time advantage, 29-25.
The Retrievers came out into the second half with a 7-0 run to reach an 11-point advantage before the Eagles began to claw back into the game. After UMBC went ahead 47-37 with 9:10 to play, Coppin went on a 16-3 run and took their first lead since a 4-2 advantage at 18:29 in the first half with a layup at the 1:28 mark by Sherri Tucker.
The Retrievers countered down the stretch as a strong move by freshman Morgan Hatten (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill), who recorded 11 points, four rebounds, four assists in her debut, allowed her to finish the layup and go to the line for the game-tying free throw with 27 seconds left in the second stanza. The Retrievers held off Coppin's last chance in regulation, sending the game to the extra period.
The Eagles out rebounded the Retrievers 50-24 and held an 18- 3 advantage on the offensive glass, including Talia Sutton, who finished with 15 rebounds, 10 on the offensive end of the court. Coppin State's Sherrie Tucker and Rashida Suber finished with game-high's 19 points each and Subber added 10 boards for a double-double.
For the game UMBC out shot the Eagles 42.6 percent to 40.0 percent but were 6-of-26 from three point range and 5-of-11 from the free throw line.
In the first game of the day Cornell received a game-high 19 points from Amy Lyon and opened their season with a 70-60 win over Mount St. Mary's. Cornell will play Coppin State at 2 p.m. in the championship game on Sunday and UMBC will take on Mount St. Mary's at 4 p.m.