BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball used four double-digit scorers to overcome an 11-point first-half deficit and defeat local-rival Coppin State on Wednesday night at the RAC Arena to improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 1989-90 season.
The Retrievers started off slow, turning the ball over 18 times in the opening half, but were able to chip down the Eagles' advantage to four at the half and exploded out of the break with a 15-2 run to start the second period. UMBC went on to outscore CSU, 42-25, in the final 20 minutes of play.
UMBC was led by sophomores Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) and Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross), who contributed 15 points apiece in the victory. The sophomore duo combined to shoot 17-for-23 from the free throw line in the contest. Newcomers Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) and Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) added 14 and 10 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Emily Russo (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) once against did a little of everything for the Retrievers, scoring nine points, pulling down six boards, snagging five steals and dishing out four helpers.
Unlike its first two games, the Retrievers looked sluggish out of the gate, turning the ball over seven times in the first five minutes of play. Coppin State did not start off hot from the floor though, hitting five of its first 18 shots, but the Eagles were all over the offensive glass, snagging eight offensive rebounds.
CSU senior forward Bria Harris helped the Eagles to open up their largest lead of the opening half, 28-17, with 8:04 to go. Harris finished the period with 12 of her game-high 18 points, knocking down all four of her field goal attempts and all four of her free throws in the half.
The Retrievers chipped away at the deficit with a 9-2 run with less than six minutes to go in the first half and entered the break down by four, 40-36, despite turning the ball over 18 times and surrendering 17 points off of those giveaways.
UMBC exploded out of the break, scoring the first 10 points of the half, while holding the Eagles scoreless for the first 3:13. The Retrievers, who had not trailed during its first two games of the season, took their first lead of the night, 41-40, with 17:43 to go in the second half on a floater by Garner. UMBC's 15-2 run was capped off by a free throw from Hagaman that put the Retrievers on top, 51-42, with 16:02 to go.
Coppin State did not go away, despite hitting one of its first seven shots of the half, the Eagles responded with a 9-0 run of its own to tie the score at 51 apiece with 12:44 remaining. CSU was able to connect for points on just two of its next nine possessions, helping the Retrievers to extend their advantage back to eight, 62-54, with 7:45 to go. The Retrievers would with-stand one final run from the Eagles, coming within one, 64-63, with 5:28 remaining, but UMBC capped off the game scoring 14 of the final 16 points to hang on for the victory.
The Retrievers remained poised throughout the second half, using their defense and post-play to hold-off a pair of second-half runs from the Eagles. UMBC's defense forced Coppin State into 10 second-half turnovers and transitioned them into 16 points, while the posts snagged seven of their 12 offensive rebounds and tallied 20 of their points in the paint in the stanza.
Harris finished with the game's only double-double, registering 18 points to go with her 10 rebounds. Junior forward Janelle Lane added 13 points and seven rebounds, while classmate Tanaysa Henderson added 10 points.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers, who are halfway through their five-game home stretch, continue home action on Sunday, Nov. 23 when they welcome Robert Morris to the RAC Arena for a 1 p.m. tip-off.
-UMBC increases its advantage in the all-time series to 13-11.
-The Retrievers are off to their first 3-0 start since the 1989-90 season following a 4-25 season a year ago.
-UMBC is averaging 84.0 points per game through three games. The Retrievers shot 45.3 percent from the floor and 73.7 percent from the free throw line.
-The game saw 54 fouls called with 64 free throws taken.
-Sophomore Amanda Hagaman increased her double-digit scoring streak to three games, matching her career-high with 15 points before fouling out with 5:28 to go in the contest.
-Sophomore Pandora Wilson reached double-figures for the second game of the year, but fouled out with 9:54 to go.
-Sophomore Taylor McCarley was named the America East Player of the Game, scoring 15 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.