PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – UMBC women's basketball shot 50 percent from the floor and received career-bests from sophomore guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) and junior guard Liz McNaughton (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) en route to snapping a two-game skid and defeating UMES, 87-78, in non-conference action at William P. Hytche Athletic Center on Monday afternoon.
McCarley's career-day included collegiate-bests of 19 points and six steals. The second-year guard also dished out a season-best seven assists and pulled down five rebounds to earn America East Player of the Game. McNaughton knocked down four of the Retrievers' six treys for a career-best 18 points, while classmate Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) added 17 points. Senior center Dana Lewis (Brodhead, Wis./Brodhead) and sophomore Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) combined for a perfect nine-for-nine from the field for 18 points.
UMBC held a one-point lead at the break, an advantage it would not relinquish following a hot start to the second half. The Retrievers (5-5) held off a late charge from UMES to pick up their second road win during their current seven-game road swing, which ends with a pair of contests in Philadelphia prior to the New Year, while the Lady Hawks (4-7) fall for the third straight game.
The opening half stayed close throughout, featuring seven ties and eight lead changes, as both teams shot above 50 percent for the period. The Retrievers looked to have taken command late in the stanza with a 12-3 run to go out in front, 37-30 with 2:13 to go, but UMBC was held without a field goal for the remainder of the half, allowing the Lady Hawks to trim their deficit to one, 37-38, at the break.
The Retrievers spread out the scoring in the opening 20 minutes of action, receiving eight points apiece from Lewis and McNaughton. The duo combined to hit seven of their eight shots, including a pair of treys from McNaughton, her second game of the year with two-or-more threes.
UMBC jumped out of the break with a decisive 16-4 run with five different players scoring during the span to help the Retrievers to their largest lead of the contest at 54-41 with 14:45 remaining. UMES, who shot 37.0 percent in the second half, looked to pick away at the deficit by getting to the free throw line, but the trio of McCarley, McNaughton and Garner was able to hold off the Lady Hawks, combining for 37 of the team's 49 second-half points.
UMES made one last run down the stretch, outscoring the Retrievers, 11-4 during the span behind seven points from junior guard TeAmber Burke, to come within three, 77-74, with 1:55 to go, but the Retrievers hit 18-of-22 free throws in the second half to hold off the Lady Hawks. Burke tallied all 14 of her points in the second half, with 10 coming from the charity stripe. UMES finished with five players in double-digits, led by freshman guard Alexus Hicks' 19 points. Red-shirt freshman guard Moengaroa Subritzky registered a double-double with 10 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
The Retrievers held a 28-20 advantage at points in the paint and tallied 25 points off the Lady Hawks' 23 turnovers.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-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 snapped a two-game skid versus UMES to take an 8-4 advantage in the all-time series.
-The Retrievers improve to a perfect 5-0 on the season when scoring 70-plus points. UMBC is also 3-0 when dishing out at least 15 assists.
-Dana Lewis' 10 points was a season-best. She is shooting 57.1 percent from the floor after her five-for-five performance.
-Capree Garner extends her double-digit scoring streak to 10 games.