Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC women's basketball team (7-12, 2-8 AE) fell to Stony Brook (5-14, 3-7 AE) in America East women's basketball action on Saturday night by a final of 71-62 at UMBC RAC Arena. With the win Stony Brook sweeps both regular season contests with the Retrievers.
In the first half Stony Brook's trio of Jessica Smith (13), Mykeema Ford (12) and Jessie Boylan (11) went into double-figures leading the Seawolves out to a seven point lead, 39-32 at the break.
Stony Brook continued to add to their lead with a 7-0 run to start the second stanza as Boylan dropped a three-point basket and Dana Ferraro converted two jumpers, giving Stony Brook a 46-32 advantage.
UMBC came storming back with a 13-2 run capped off by a Heather Luttrell jumper off an assist from Sharri Rohde. UMBC closed the gap to one on two occasions, 52-51 with a Brittnie Hughes lay-up and 54-53 with Matea Pender laying one in off the glass, but it was the Seawolves' trio that answered with big buckets scoring 15 of SBU's final 17 points.
Boylan finished with a career-high 22 points, Ford with 19 points and Smith with 17 as the three went 22-of-37 from the floor for 59.4 percent. Boylan was 6-of-8 from three-point range, including hitting her final one with 50 seconds remaining to send the score back to seven-point game.
UMBC and the Seawolves both got off to strong starts in the game with UMBC holding a 19-18 lead with 9:18 in the first half with six lead changes taking place in the first 11 minutes. Stony Brook, with 8:32 left in the first half, converted a lay-up by Jessica Smith and hit an ensuing free throw, giving the Seawolves the lead at 21-19, a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game.
The Retrievers placed three players in double figures as well with Pender finishing with 19 points going 7-of-20 from the field and 4-of-6 outside the arc. Rohde tallied 16 points and five rebounds while Luttrell finished with 12 points. UMBC is 3-2 this year with players in double-figures, both losses to Stony Brook.
The Seawolves shot 50.0 percent in the game, 26-of-52, while UMBC went 25-of-60 for 41.7 percent.