Women’s Basketball Suffers 85-41 Setback to Bucknell

Women’s Basketball Suffers 85-41 Setback to Bucknell

LEWISBURG, Pa. – UMBC women's basketball junior guard Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) scored her eighth straight double-digit performance, scoring a team-best 18 points, but Bucknell shot 83.3 percent from three-point land in the opening half en route to an 85-41 victory in non-conference action on Tuesday night at Sojka Pavilion.

The Bison opened up a 29-point advantage at the half after knocking down 10-of-12 three pointers and shooting 51.4 percent from the field. The Retrievers shot season-lows of 23.9 percent from the field and 5.9 percent (1-for-17) from beyond the arc on the night.

Garner pulled down six rebounds and snagged three steals to earn America East Player of the Game honors. Sophomore guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) chipped in six points, while classmate Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) added five points and four rebounds.

The Retrievers fall for the fourth time in the last five games to drop to 4-4 on the season, while Bucknell improves to 5-3 on the year.

Despite hitting just one of its first 10 shot attempts, a jumper from UMBC senior center Dana Lewis (Brodhead, Wis./Brodhead) with 13:51 to go in the opening half brought the Retrievers within four, 10-6. The Bison were able to hold the Retrievers scoreless for a 4:30 span, helping Bucknell to a 17-0 run to open their advantage to 31-11 with 8:08 remaining in the period. BU junior guard Claire Maree O'Bryan scored eight of her 13 first-half points during the run.

UMBC shot 22.6 percent from the field, while Bucknell continued to hit from beyond the arc to build a 49-20 lead at the break. Junior guard Sheaira Jones drilled all three of her three-point attempts and finished with 11 of her game-high 19 points in the opening 20 minutes of play.  

The Retrievers looked rejuvenated out of the break, scoring the first seven points of the half, but Bucknell responded by hitting its next four shots to slow down the Dawgs momentum. UMBC continued to fight throughout the second stanza, but shot 25.0 percent from the field and missed on all eight chances from three-point land in the half.

O'Bryan finished with 15 points, while forward Audrey Dotson added 16 points and seven rebounds.

The Retrievers take eight days off for finals before returning to action on Thursday, Dec. 18 when they travel to Rider for a 5 p.m. tipoff.