BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's basketball team used five double-digit scorers to post its highest point total since Nov. 2009 in a 93-68 victory against the Eastern Eagles on Friday's season-opener at the RAC Arena. Junior guard Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) paced the Retrievers with a game-high 16 points, to go with six assists and three steals in her first contest with the black and gold.
The Retrievers (1-0) improve to 11-18 in season-openers. Sophomore forward Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) hit four-of-five from the field and adding a perfect seven-for-seven from the charity stripe for a career-high 15 points, to go along with her seven rebounds. Classmate Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) chipped in 10 points in a strong performances by the Retriever veterans. Sophomore transfer Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) and freshman Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) each dropped in double-digit points in their first appearances with the Retrievers. Wilson was one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Castaldo earned America East Player of the Game with 11 points, six rebounds and a team-best five steals.
UMBC dominated both ends of the court, playing stifling defense from the opening tip. The Retrievers held the Eagles to two points in the first three minutes, and jumped out to a 12-2 lead. UMBC's defense held the Eagles to 23 first-half points on 10-of-32 (.313) shooting, including a 28-7 run over the final nine minutes of the half, and forced 18 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
The Retrievers added to their 52-23 halftime lead, continuing to put on the pressure to open the second half. UMBC used a 21-6 run in the first six minutes to take its largest lead of the contest, 73-29, with 14:07 remaining.
The Retrievers did their damage inside of the arc, making three of only eight attempted three-pointers. UMBC shot over 55 percent (55.9 %) for the first time since Nov. 15, 2009 and registered 56 points in the paint. The Retrievers won the battle on the glass, 46-33, and pulled down 10 offensive rebounds.
Eastern had a pair of scorers in double-figures in Gina DiDomenico's team-best 14 points and Tori Grossi's 10 points. Senior forward Meghan Nowak finished with a team-best nine rebounds.
On the Horizon:
The Retrievers return to action on Sunday, Nov. 16 when they host Loyola (Md.) at 5 p.m. inside the RAC Arena.
-The Retrievers 93 points were the most scored since Nov. 15, 2009 against UMES when the Retrievers scored 102.
-The last time UMBC had five scorers in double digits was two years ago to the date, Nov. 14, 2012 against Coppin State in an overtime game.
-UMBC forced 31 turnovers, the last time an opponent eclipsed 30 turnovers was Northern Illinois on Nov. 21 2008.
-The Retrievers' performance marked the first game with 20-plus steals and 20-assists for UMBC in the last 10 years.
-The Retrievers' 25 assists are the most since Nov. 15, 2009 against UMES when the Retrievers had 28.