BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball received 14 points apiece from a pair of its junior guards, but the Retrievers ran into the hot shooting hand of Stony Brook, who knocked down 53 percent of its shots to defeat UMBC, 66-50, in America East action on Wednesday evening at the RAC Arena.
The Retrievers were able to overcome the Seawolves shooting 52 percent in the opening half by taking their first lead of the contest 1:09 into the second stanza, but SBU shot 59.1 percent in the second half to take home the victory. SBU senior forward Sabre Proctor and junior forward Brittany Snow combined to hit 15-of-22 shots for 36 points and 19 rebounds.
UMBC junior guard Liz McNaughton (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax), UMBC's America East Player of the Game, hit five-of-seven shots, including four-of-six from beyond the arc for 14 points and three rebounds, while classmate Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) added 14 points, six rebounds and a season-best five steals. Sophomore guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) chipped in eight points and seven assists.
Stony Brook improves to 9-7 on the year and 2-1 in league play, while the Retrievers fall to 5-11 overall and 0-3 in America East action.
The Seawolves built up an eight-point cushion before the Retrievers got on the board with back-to-back buckets from sophomore forward Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross). UMBC stormed back within one, 16-15, following a three from McNaughton, her second of the evening with 8:03 to go in the opening half.
The Retrievers, who shot 39.3 percent from the field, remained within striking distance throughout the opening 20 minutes of play and trailed by three at the break, 29-26. Stony Brook shot 52 percent in the first half with 18 points coming from the paint, but UMBC was able to capitalize with nine points off of turnovers. UMBC was led by Garner's nine points, while Wilson pulled down four of the team's six offense rebounds and added four points.
A three out of the break from McNaughton, her third of the night, tied the game at 29 apiece. A jumper on the ensuing possession from McNaugton gave the Retrievers their first lead of the ballgame, 31-29, but a 10-2 run in favor of the Seawolves put SBU back out in front by seven, 42-35, with 13:36 to go in the contest. SBU continued to shoot at a high percentage in the second half, hitting 12 of its first 19 shots of the half (63.2 percent) to extend its lead to double-digits at 56-41 with 4:55 remaining.
Stony Brook missed all seven of its three-point attempts for the game, but scored 36 of its points in the paint in the contest, compared to 20 for the Retrievers. SBU outscored UMBC, 37-24, in the second half. Proctor, the Seawolves' America East Player of the Game, recorded a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Snow chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Kori Bayne-Walker added 16 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists in the victory.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC hits the all too familiar road for a pair of America East contests, starting with a matchup on Saturday, Jan. 17 at Vermont, followed by a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Hartford.
-The Retrievers' used their fifth starting lineup of the season and their third in the last three games, with freshman guard Laura Castaldo earning her first collegiate start.
-Junior guard Liz McNaughton has four-or-more three-pointers in five games on the season, four coming within the last seven games.