DURHAM, N.H. – UMBC women's basketball's junior guard Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) knocked down seven of her 10 shots for a team-best 15 points, but New Hampshire used a decisive 19-3 run in the first half to defeat the Retrievers, 67-45 in America East action on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Both teams shot 35 percent for the game, but the Retrievers turned the ball over 23 times and allowed for 15 offensive rebounds to account for 23 points for the Wildcats. New Hampshire freshman center Carlie Pogue finished with the game's only double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Garner was limited to 19 minutes of play due to foul trouble, but paced the Retrievers' scoring on the afternoon. Sophomore guard Emily Russo (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) chipped in eight points and six rebounds, while senior guard Dana Lewis (Brodhead, Wisc./Brodhead) added eight points, five rebounds and two blocks.
The Retrievers continue their longest slump of the season at five games to fall to 5-10 on the season and 0-2 in league play. New Hampshire (10-5) improves to 2-1 in America East action.
The Retrievers got off to a slow start, allowing the Wildcats to take a seven-point lead, 11-4, in the opening four minutes of the game behind six offensive rebounds and eight second-chance points. UMBC stormed back, scoring eight of the game's next 10 points to pull within one, 13-12, with 12:50 remaining in the opening half, but New Hampshire responded with a 19-3 run of its own that extend its lead to double-digits, 32-15.
Garner hit four of her five shots in the first half to pace UMBC with eight points, but the Retrievers received only two field goals in the final 12:50 of the opening 20 minutes of play, including a buzzer beater from freshman guard Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) that put the halftime score at 34-20 in favor of the Wildcats.
Both teams shot 38 percent in the first half, but New Hampshire combined for 26 points off of its nine offensive rebounds and the Retrievers' 12 turnovers. Junior guard Elizabeth Belanger led the way for UNH with all 11 of her points and four of her five rebounds in the stanza.
After being limited in the first half due to foul trouble, Garner came out of the break to knock down the first five points of the second half, while sophomore guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) added a pair of free throws to complete the 7-0 run and bring UMBC within seven, 34-27. UNH withstood the run with the next six points to build its lead back up to 13, 40-27.
UMBC's defense held the Wildcats to two makes on their first 10 shots in the second half, while the Retrievers' offense added back-to-back threes to trim the deficit back to single-digits, 42-33, with 13:36 to play. The Retrievers came as close as seven in the second half, but senior guard Ariel Gaston helped keep the Wildcats on top, scoring 11 of her game-high 17 points in the second half.
New Hampshire shot 32 free throws in the game compared to the Retrievers' 13 and made 25 of them (78.1 percent). The Retrievers matched a season-low with just two assists on the afternoon, while also snagging a season-low four steals.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC returns to the familiar confines of the RAC Arena for the second time in 11 games when the Retrievers host Stony Brook on Wednesday, Jan. 14.
-UMBC and New Hampshire are tied in 24 all-time meetings, with UNH winning the last three matchups.
-The Retrievers used their fourth different starting lineup of the season, with Liz McNaughton, Taylor McCarley, Capree Garner, Emily Russo and Dana Lewis each getting the starting nod.
-UMBC has not led at the break in its five-game losing streak and is 2-10 on the season when trailing at halftime.
-Freshman forward Maddie Torresin recorded a career-best five points in 13 minutes of play.