BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's basketball team (1-3) struggled from the floor, shooting just 25.8 percent, and could not capitalize on 27 Saint Joseph's turnovers in a 64-50 loss to the Hawks (3-0) Saturday afternoon at the RAC Arena.
After taking a 10-4 lead less than three minutes in, Saint Joseph's committed seven turnovers and missed three shots in its next 10 possessions over a five-minute span, but the Retrievers managed just two points during that time. The Hawks then scored seven straight points to go up by 11, 17-6, at the 10:55 mark of the first half.
Saint Joseph's led, 28-17, at the break, despite committing 15 turnovers, as UMBC made just five of 29 attempts in the opening period.
Leading by 13 points, 36-23, four minutes into the second stanza, the Hawks scored eight straight points to take a commanding 44-23 advantage. Saint Joseph's led by as many as 25 with 6:28 remaining in the game before eight straight points by junior center Topé Obajolu(Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) sparked a 17-6 UMBC run to end the game. The Hawks did not make a field goal in the final four minutes.
Obajolu led the Retrievers with 17 points and six rebounds in just 20 minutes and was named the America East Player of the Game. Junior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) also reached double figures for the fourth straight game, tallying 10 points and adding six boards.
Saint Joseph's guard Katie Kuester led the Hawks with 16 points, while guard Michelle Baker tallied 15. Forward Kelly Cavallo pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds to go along with eight points and three blocks.
UMBC recorded a season-high 13 steals in forcing 27 Saint Joseph's turnovers. In addition, the Hawks shot 38.9 percent in the game, falling below the 50 percent mark for the first time this season. Saint Joseph's dominated on the glass, holding a 55-31 rebounding edge.
The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday when they travel to nearby George Mason for a 7 p.m. tipoff.