STONY BROOK, N.Y. – UMBC women's basketball ran into the hot hand of Stony Brook, as the Seawolves knocked down 44.4 percent of its shots from three-point land en route to a 74-41 win in Wednesday evening's America East contest at Island Federal Credit Union.
UMBC was led by 14 points, six rebounds and five assists from sophomore guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross), but the Retrievers were unable to overcome Stony Brook shooting 66.7 percent from three in the opening half and building up a 22-point advantage in the first 20 minutes of play.
The Retrievers fall to 8-16 on the year and 3-8 in league action, while SBU improves to 14-10 on the season and 7-4 in conference play.
Stony Brook jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the opening 6:29 of the game, before the Retrievers drained back-to-back jumpers from junior guard Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) and sophomore forward Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross). UMBC would pull back within four, 13-9, with 10:30 to go before the break following a layup from McCarley, but a 16-2 run for the Seawolves put SBU on top, 29-11, with 5:23 to go.
Stony Brook hit six of nine shots from beyond the arc in the opening half, including a combined five of seven from Sabre Proctor and Chris Scognamiglio. The duo finished the half with 13 points apiece and chipped in for a combined 13 rebounds, as the Seawolves took a 42-20 advantage into the break. The Retrievers shot 28.6 percent of its shots in the half (8-for-28), compared to 56.5 percent from Stony Brook (13-for-23).
SBU cooled down on its shooting in the second half, but was still able to extend its advantage to 30 points, 64-34, with 8:20 remaining in the contest. Stony Brook got to the free throw line 32 times in the game and connected on 22 of those chances, in addition to shooting 45.8 percent from the field for the contest. UMBC struggled from beyond the arc throughout the night, finishing the night 0-for-9 from three, and 31.5 percent from the field.
The Seawolves had three players register double-digit points, led by Proctor's 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jessica Ogunnorin and Scognamiglio each chipped in 13 points apiece and a combined 11 boards.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC returns home to take on Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the RAC Arena.