Women’s Basketball Falls at UMES, 64-52

Chelsea Barker was one of three Retrievers with 10 points against UMES.
Chelsea Barker was one of three Retrievers with 10 points against UMES.

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.—The UMBC women's basketball team (0-2) dropped its second straight game, falling to UMES by a score of 64-52 Sunday afternoon in the Hawks' season opener at Hytche Center.

Junior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) led the Retrievers with 10 points and eight rebounds, while senior guard Chelsea Barker (Waterville, Maine/Messalonskee) and junior center Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) also scored 10 points apiece.

The Hawks were led by forward Casey Morton, who finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards. Kwinnyata Mercer also tallied 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range.

Down by one at the 11:36 mark of the first half, UMES rattled off a 20-2 run over the next 7:23 of play to take a commanding 17-point lead, 29-12, with 4:13 remaining in the period. The Hawks drained four 3-pointers during that span.

A layup by UMBC sophomore guard Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) curbed the rally and sparked a 7-0 Retriever run that pulled the visitors to within nine with 1:33 to go, but UMES led, 34-22, at halftime.

The Retrievers appeared to work their way back into the game early in the second stanza, scoring 12 of the first 16 points of the period, including a pair of 3-pointers by Barker, to cut their deficit to four points, 38-34, with 15:35 left.

But that was as close as they would get, as the Hawks held UMBC to just two field goals over the next 11 minutes while reopening a 17-point lead with just under five minutes remaining.

The Retrievers shot just 32.2 percent in the game and were outrebounded, 49-35.

UMBC returns to action on Tuesday, when the team plays its home opener in the RAC Arena at 7 p.m. against cross-town rival Coppin State.