BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's basketball team (14-12, 6-7 AEC) shot a season-best 93.1 percent (27-for-29) from the foul line, led by junior guard Carlee Cassidy (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill), who was a perfect 13-for-13, and defeated America East rival Stony Brook (6-18, 4-8 AEC) by a score of 77-58 Saturday evening at the RAC Arena.
The Retrievers wore special pink uniforms as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone initiative to promote breast cancer awareness, and proceeds from the game will benefit the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.
Cassidy led all scorers with 26 points and was named UMBC's America East Player of the Game. Her 13-for-13 effort at the line set a school record for the best perfect game from the charity stripe. In addition, her three-pointer with 13:12 to play in the first half was her 74th of the year, giving her sole possession of UMBC's single-season record.
Stony Brook took a 7-0 lead after 1:30 of play, but the Retrievers countered with seven straight points of their own to tie the score 1:20 later. Cassidy scored 14 of UMBC's first 16 points of the game.
The score remained close for much of the first half until a 9-0 UMBC run gave the hosts a 32-21 lead and control of the game with 6:55 remaining. The Retrievers led, 42-32, at halftime.
Cassidy drained six straight free throws to open the second half and scored the Retrievers' first eight points overall, sparking an 11-2 run that put UMBC on top, 53-34, with 15:58 to play.
Another 10-2 spurt midway through the period gave the Retrievers a game-high 26-point advantage, 69-43, at the 7:08 mark.
Stony Brook forward Kirsten Jeter scored 10 straight points for the Seawolves during an 11-2 run that cut their deficit to 17 points, 73-56, with 1:37 left.
Cassidy led four Retrievers in double figures, as freshman guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) tallied 16, freshman guard Katie Brooks (Maryville, Tenn./Heritage) added 12 and freshman forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) contributed 10. Sophomore guard Michele Brokans (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) led UMBC on the boards with a career-high 10 rebounds.
Jeter earned her team's America East Player of the Game nod after posting a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Both teams struggled from the floor, as UMBC shot 33.3 percent and Stony Brook 26.6 percent. The Retrievers out-rebounded the Seawolves, 49-46.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 25, when they travel to America East rival Albany.