ANNAPOLIS, Md. – UMBC women's basketball could not keep Brown from connecting on the long ball, as the Bears shot 53.6 percent from beyond the arc and knocked down 15 treys in a 92-53 victory in day two of the Navy Classic at Alumni Hall.
The Retrievers (1-7) drop their seventh straight contest for the first time since the 2004-05 season, while Brown snaps a two game skid to improve to 3-3 on the year.
The Bears were led by Sophie Bikofsky's game-high 21 points on six-of-eight shooting from three-point land. Bikofsky also pulled down a game-best eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Jordin Alexander chipped in 14 points and KJ Veldman added 13 points off the bench for the Bears.
UMBC's sophomore guard Liz McNaughton (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) hit double-digit points for the first time in her career, finishing with 11 points, while freshman guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) earned America East Player of the Game honors after notching 10-plus points for the third consecutive game and finishing with a team-best 12 points on four-of-five shooting from the floor and a perfect four-for-four from the charity stripe.
McNaughton drained her first trey of the contest and freshman forward Sara Tarbert (Delta, Pa./Kennard-Dale) added a layup, but senior forward Carly Wellington knocked down Brown's first eight points and Alexander added a three of her own to give the Bears an 11-5 advantage in the early going. UMBC turned the ball over four times in the opening five minutes, while Brown would connect on its first six shots from the floor and its first four free throws to extend its lead to 18-5.
The Retrievers hit five of their first eight shots, but would connect on just five more field goals in the stanza, while Brown would finish the half shooting 60 percent from the floor, including drilling seven of 13 from beyond the arc (.538). The Bears converted 10 UMBC turnovers into 19 points in the opening half and took a 51-29 lead into the locker room.
Brown continued to add to its lead in the second half, scoring 11 of the first 13 points of the half. The Retrievers continued to shoot themselves in the foot by turning the ball over eight times in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, allowing the Bears at add to its advantage, 72-42, with 10 minutes remaining.
UMBC allowed 6.9 threes per game coming into the contest, but allowed seven Brown players to combine for 15 threes. The Retrievers turned the ball over 26 times in the contest and are averaging 21.3 giveaways over their last three games.
UMBC takes the week off before returning to action on Saturday, Dec. 7 when it plays host to VCU. The game time, which was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. has been moved to 2 p.m. at the RAC Arena.
-UMBC holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series, with all three games being a part of tournament play.
-The Retrievers drop seven in a row for the first time since the 2004-05 season when it also lost seven straight from Jan. 26-Feb. 16.
-Brown's 51 points in the first half are the most scored on the Retrievers in one half all season.
-Brown is the first opponent since Princeton on Dec. 2, 2012 to score 90 points against the Retrievers.
-Freshmen guards Marissa Somerville and Kameron Ward each saw their first action of the season.
-Taylor McCarley hit double-digit points for the third straight game. Since moving into the starting lineup she's averaging 9.7 points per game.