LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – UMBC women's basketball guards Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) and Emily Russo (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) combined for 31 points, 12 rebounds and five steals, but the Retrievers shot just 27.5 percent from the floor to fall to Rider, 67-55, in Thursday evening's non-conference matchup at Alumni Gymnasium.
After trailing by a bucket at the break, the Retrievers surrendered a pair of second-half runs to the Broncs which proved to be the difference in the game. The decisive run came in the opening 10 minutes of the second half as eight straight points for Rider gave the Broncs a 10-point advantage that the Retrievers' shooting troubles were unable to overcome. Rider improves to 3-7 on the year, while UMBC falls to 4-5.
Garner, the America East Player of the Game, led the Retrievers with a team-best 19 points and chipped in a season-best eight rebounds, while Russo added 12 points and a game-high four steals. Sophomore guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) registered in eight points, six rebounds and five assists.
The Retrievers held the Broncs off the scoreboard for the opening four minutes of the contest, but UMBC was unable to take advantage, knocking down just one of its first eight shots. The Dawgs were able to build up a six-point lead, 16-10, 9:07 into the contest, hitting four of their first six attempts from beyond the arc, but Rider's red-shirt junior guard Emily Fazzini kept the Broncs in the game with all eight of her first-half points in the opening 11 minutes of action, including a layup with 9:17 to go to tie the contest at 16 apiece.
UMBC ran into shooting troubles, knocking down one of its last six three-point attempts of the half and shooting 21.9 percent from the field in the period to trail, 26-25, at the break. The Retrievers won the turnover battle in the stanza, turning the ball over four times to Rider's 11 and earning 12 points off of giveaways. The Broncs held an 18-4 edge at points in the paint and snagged seven offensive boards in the first 20 minutes.
The Retrievers' shooting struggles continued into the early portion of the second half with UMBC knocking down one of its first seven, but the Dawgs trailed the Broncs by just two, 30-28, with 15:37 remaining with Rider hitting two of its first eight shots of the half. Rider continued to get things done in the paint, with six of eight points during its decisive run coming in the paint to give the Broncs their largest lead to that point at 38-28, with 13:30 to go.
Rider used a second spurt, 13-4, to further extend its lead, 51-34, with 8:32 remaining. The Broncs shot 42.3 percent from the field and knocked down two of three from beyond the arc in the second half to outscore the Retrievers, 41-30. Rider finished with 36 points in the paint and 16 fast break points.
Fazzini finished the contest with a team-best 19 points, while senior center Marritta Gillcrease controlled the glass with a game-high 20 rebounds. Red-shirt sophomore guard Robin Perkins chipped in 10 points.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-The Retrievers travel to UMES on Monday, Dec. 22 before taking a break for the Christmas holiday. UMBC concludes its seven-game road swing with a pair of contests in Philadelphia, starting with a matchup at Pennsylvania on Dec. 29, followed by a meeting at La Salle on Dec. 30.
-UMBC has dropped two straight to Rider, but still holds a 6-4 advantage in the all-time series against the Broncs.
-The Retrievers are 0-4 on the year when scoring under 60 points.
-Capree Garner extends her double-digit scoring streak to nine games. She has led the Retrievers in scoring in eight of nine games.
-Emily Russo reaches double-digit points for the third time this season and the ninth time in her career. She has four games on the season with four-or-more steals.