BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball held a 22-0 advantage against Binghamton at points in the paint and had three players finish with double-digit points led by a career-high 24 points from sophomore guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross). Junior guard Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) added the Retrievers' first double-double of the season en route to a 71-55 victory against the Bearcats in America East action on Wednesday night at the Events Center.
In a game of spurts, the Retrievers were able to prevail, shooting 42.9 percent from the field in the second half, including 71.4 percent from long range, while Binghamton knocked down six of its 22 shots in the second stanza (27.3 percent). UMBC, the league's leader in turnover margin, forced the Bearcats into 22 giveaways in the game, with the Retrievers turning the ball over 11 times.
The Retrievers (7-14) snap a three-game skid with the victory and improve to 2-6 in the conference play, while Binghamton (4-15) falls for the fifth consecutive game to drop to 2-6 in league action.
McCarley added five assists, four rebounds, one block and one steal to her career-best in points, while Garner finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and one steal. Senior center Dana Lewis (Brodhead, Wis./Brodhead) chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.
After the opening five minutes of the game saw the two teams separated by only a basket, the Retrievers broke open the game with an 18-4 run over a 6:07 span to pull out in front, 26-10, with 9:27 to go in the opening half. UMBC pulled down six offensive rebounds during the span and turned the Bearcats over six times.
Binghamton responded with a run of its own, scoring 11 unanswered to pull within five, 26-21. The Retrievers put a stop to their drought with a bucket from McCarley, but the Bearcats added two more threes to pull within one, 28-27, with 4:32 to go before the break. Junior guard Kim Albrecht accounted for three of Binghamton's five three-pointers during the run and finished the half with a game-high 15 points.
The Retrievers finished the first half hitting just two of their last nine shots, but a free throw from McCarley gave UMBC a one-point edge at the break, 32-31. Garner registered 10 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Dawgs during the opening 20 minutes of play, but Binghamton knocked down five of its eight three-pointers in the stanza.
UMBC opened the second half with the first nine points of the stanza, building its advantage back up to double-digits, 41-31, 3:08 into the period. Four players scored during the run, while the Retrievers' defense held the Bearcats to three missed field goals and four turnovers.
Much like the first half, Binghamton responded with a 10-2 run of its own to pull back within two, 43-41, with 13:07 remaining in regulation. McCarley helped to get the Retrievers going again, scoring eight points in the first 12 minutes of the half, including four during a 14-3 spurt that extended UMBC's advantage back to 14, 58-44.
Binghamton would trim the deficit to 10, 61-51, with 4:01 remaining, but were unable to come any closer, as the Retrievers closed the game with 10 of the last 14 points, eight of which came from McCarley. UMBC outscored the Bearcats, 10-0, in the paint in the second half and generate 11 points off of turnovers in the period.
Albrecht led three double-digit scorers for Binghamton with 19 points and five rebounds, while freshman guard Jasmine Sina chipped in 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Gintare Surdokaite hit three of five shots from beyond the arc for 12 points, six rebounds and three assists.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC takes the weekend off before hosting a pair of games at the RAC Arena, starting with a matchup against UMass Lowell on Wednesday, Feb. 4.
-In two games at the Events Center, sophomore guard Taylor McCarley has averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists.
-UMBC has won three straight against Binghamton.
-The Retrievers are 5-0 when scoring 70 points or more and are 7-0 when leading with 10 minutes to go in a game.
-UMBC is 6-2 when Taylor McCarley scores double-digit points this season.