BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball's junior guard Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) tallied her 19th double-digit scoring game of the season, finishing with a team-best 13 points, but Maine knocked down seven threes en route to a 56-42 victory in America East action on Sunday afternoon at the RAC Arena.
The Retrievers turned Maine over 18 times in the game and transitioned them into 21 points, but UMBC shot 31.4 percent from the field, including 13.3 percent from beyond the arc (2-for-15). The Black Bears, who shot 40 percent from the field, had a pair of players finish with double-digit points, including 14 points and 11 rebounds from junior forward Liz Wood. Sophomore guard Sigi Koizar added 14 points and five rebounds to help Maine improve to 14-6 on the season and 6-1 in league play.
Garner added five rebounds and three steals for the Retrievers, while sophomore forward Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) chipped in nine points and four rebounds. The Retrievers fall to 6-14 overall and 1-6 in America East action.
UMBC allowed Maine to jump out to a 10-2 advantage, with the Black Bears knocking down three of their first four shots from three-point land. Garner looked to keep the Retrievers within striking distance, notching UMBC's first seven points to bring the Dawgs within three, 10-7, with 13:37 to go in the half.
The Retrievers' offense struggled to get into a groove, with Garner and sophomore forward Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) accounting for all of UMBC's scoring through the first 15 minutes of the game. The duo combined for the Retrievers' first 13 points, but a 14-3 run from Maine led to the Black Bears' largest lead of the afternoon, 27-13, with 2:45 to go before the break.
The long ball proved to be the difference in the opening half, as UMBC hit one of 11 tries, while Maine knocked down five of its 11 attempts and took a 12-point advantage, 32-20, into the half.
The Retrievers picked up their play in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, chipping away at the deficit with an 11-4 run to pull within five, 36-13, with 12:38 remaining, but Maine responded on the ensuing possession with one of its two threes in the half to protect its lead. UMBC would come within five on two more occasions, but each time the Retrievers were unable to get the stop on the defensive end to come any closer. Maine helped to seal the victory with an 8-0 run from Koizar and Wood to extend to lead back to 13, 51-38, with 6:44 left.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC jumps back on the road when it travels to Binghamton on Wednesday, Jan. 28 for a 7 p.m. matchup. The Retrievers return with back-to-back home games on Feb. 4 against UMass Lowell and Feb. 7 versus New Hampshire.