DURHAM, N.H.—Junior guard Carlee Cassidy (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) scored 11 points in the final four minutes to lead a furious Retriever comeback attempt, but the UMBC women's basketball team (12-10, 4-5 AEC) fell short, dropping a 73-65 decision to America East rival New Hampshire (6-17, 4-5 AEC) Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Cassidy made four three-pointers in the game to give her 168 in her career, tying the school record held by former teammate Kristin Drabyn. She also became just the fourth Retriever ever and the second junior to drain 70 three-pointers in a season.
Down by 15 points, 63-48, with 3:52 remaining in the game, the Retrievers outscored the Wildcats, 17-6 over the next 3:20 to pull to within four points, 69-65, with just 32 seconds remaining. Cassidy made five of six free throws during that stretch and sank two huge three-pointers.
But New Hampshire guard Lauren Wells grabbed the rebound of Cassidy's missed foul shot and drove down the court for an easy layup, and a pair of free throws by guard Abigal LaRosa with 14 seconds left sealed the win for the hosts.
The game was close for most of the first half, with neither team leading by more than five points for the first 15 minutes. But with the score tied, 17-17, with 4:55 left, the Wildcats went on a 15-0 run to take a 32-17 lead into the locker room. In their final 12 possessions of the period, the Retrievers missed seven shots and committed five turnovers.
Cassidy scored a game-high 24 points, including 21 in the second half, while adding four assists and three steals. Freshman guard Katie Brooks (Maryville, Tenn./Heritage) scored 10 of her 12 points in the second period, while freshman guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) contributed 11. Sophomore forward Tonishea Mack (Chicago Heights, Ill/Rich East/Sheridan) posted a team-best seven rebounds.
UNH forward Candace Williams led the Wildcats with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while LaRosa also posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards.
The Retrievers return home on Wednesday, Feb. 11, when they host America East rival Vermont at 7 p.m. at the RAC Arena.