Women’s Basketball Uses Balanced Attack to Defeat Local-Rival Loyola, 81-58

Women’s Basketball Uses Balanced Attack to Defeat Local-Rival Loyola, 81-58

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BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball registered its second straight game with 80-plus points, including 48 points coming in the paint, to pick up its second victory of the weekend. The Retrievers were led by a game-high 21 points from junior guard Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) en route to an 81-58 victory against local-rival Loyola on Sunday evening at the RAC Arena.

UMBC (2-0) received a stellar performance from its post players, who connected on 18-of-30 shots from the field, led by 13 points and a career-best nine rebounds from sophomore forward Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan). The Retrievers shot 47.1 percent from the field and picked up their second straight 20-assist performance, including a career-best eight helpers from sophomore guard Emily Russo (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg), to go with her eight points and eight rebounds.

The Retrievers set the momentum from the opening tip, forcing Loyola (0-2) to four early turnovers and jumping out to an 8-2 lead behind a pair of jumpers each from red-shirt senior center Dana Lewis (Brodhead, Wis./Brodhead) and Garner. Lewis did not miss a shot on the evening, finishing with eight points in 13 minutes of action.

UMBC got contributions from all over in the opening period, with seven different players scoring for the Retrievers in the opening eight minutes of play as UMBC extended its advantage to 15-5. 

The Retrievers continued to add to their advantage throughout the opening 20 minutes of play, despite Loyola earning 10 points at the charity stripe. UMBC shot 51.4 percent from the field and held a 22-4 advantage in points in the paint. The Dawgs received major contributions from their post players as the four combined to shoot 15-of-19 from the field for 29 of the team's 43 first-half points. Hagaman led the charge with a game-high 11 points in the opening period, while classmate Infiniti Alston (Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor) chipped in eight points in six minutes off the bench.

Loyola shot just 17.2 percent from the field in the first half, allowing the Retrievers to take a 43-22 advantage into the break.

UMBC added to its advantage in the second, adding 26 more points in the paint. Loyola's Colleen Marshall tried to lead the charge for the Greyhounds, draining her fourth trey of the evening with 7:26 to go, but the Retrievers responded with a 10-2 run that was capped off by a Hagaman layup to give UMBC its largest lead of the night at 30 points with 5:05 to go in the contest.

UMBC held a 52-34 advantage on the glass in the contest and converted its 20 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points.

Marshall paced the Greyhounds' offense with a team-high 18 points, while classmate Jeneh Perry pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Junior guard Diana Logan chipped in 11 points off the bench. 

On the Horizon

The Retrievers continue their five-game home stretch with a matchup against local-rival Coppin State on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the RAC Arena.

Game Notes

-UMBC snaps a two-game skid against the Greyhounds with its 15th victory in the all-time series. Loyola holds a 23-15 lead in the rivalry.
-The Retrievers start the season at 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2011-12.
-Sophomore Amanda Hagaman continues her great start to the 2014-15 campaign, this time resetting her career-high in rebounds, pulling down a team-best nine rebounds.
-Sophomore Marissa Somerville scored her first collegiate point, connecting on one of two free throws.