Cassidy Posts Fourth Straight 20-Point Performance, but Retrievers Fall to Seton Hall, 81-70

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J.—Junior guard Carlee Cassidy (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) scored 24 points, tallying her fourth straight 20-point performance to start the season, but UMBC (2-2) shot just 28 percent in the second half and fell to Seton Hall (4-0) by a score of 81-70 Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the Seton Hall Basketball Classic.

Cassidy and freshman guard Katie Brooks (Maryville, Tenn./Heritage) were named to the All-Tournament Team. Brooks followed up her 28-point performance against Northern Illinois with 15 points and three assists against the Pirates.

The Retrievers led for most of the first half after shooting 51.5 percent (17-for-33) in the period. After Seton Hall center Kashmere Joseph opened the scoring with a layup, UMBC scored nine of the next 12 points to take an 11-5 lead at the 16:36 mark.

The teams traded baskets for the next three minutes before back-to-back jumpers by tournament MVP Ebonie Williams tied the game with 12:46 remaining. The lead changed hands six times over the next six minutes, but back-to-back jumpers by Brooks put the Retrievers up by three points with 5:13 left, and they led, 38-36, at halftime.

UMBC extended its lead to six points, 41-36, on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) and a free throw by sophomore forward Meghan Colabella (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair).

But after Cassidy hit a triple at the 15:41 mark to give the Retrievers a 47-42 advantage, the Pirates went on a 17-2 run to take a 59-49 lead which they would not relinquish.

A three-point play by Cassidy at the 7:42 mark trimmed UMBC's deficit to five points, 63-58, by Seton Hall forward Jadis Roadin responded with a traditional 3-pointer, sparking another 10-2 run which led to a game-high 13-point advantage, 73-60.

The Retrievers stayed close with good free throw shooting, hitting 15 of 18 foul shots in the half, including six of seven in the final four minutes. Cassidy and Kurowski combined to go 13-for-14 in the game.

Cassidy and Brooks each shot 7-for-15 from the floor. Freshman forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) was the only other Retriever in double figures with a career-high 10 points. Freshman guard Michele Brokans (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) dished out a game-high five assists.

Noteisha Womack posted a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 17 rebounds en route to All-Tournament Team honors. Williams posted 19 points, while forward Nicole Emery added 15.

The Retrievers return to action next weekend when they take on Western Michigan and UMES on Nov. 29-30 at the Iona Thanksgiving Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y.