Lowell, Mass.— UMBC picked up a 68-44 victory over UMass Lowell on Saturday, their first ever against the River Hawks. Senior Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) led all scorers with 22 points on 9-18 shooting. The win improves the Retrievers to 11-7, 2-3 AE.
The Retrievers opened the game on an 8-1 run, forcing the River Hawks into a quick six turnovers. UMass Lowell would cut the lead to 12-6 late, but the Retrievers ended the quarter with a Garner jumper to make it 16-9 UMBC after one. The Retrievers forced the River Hawks into eight turnovers in nine possessions in the stanza.
The defense continued to aid the Retriever offense, as UMBC went to the locker rooms with 17 points off 19 UML turnovers. UMBC extended the lead to 24-10 early on in the second after a driving Garner layup, forcing a River Hawk timeout. Lowell would fight back, cutting the deficit to eight at 32-24 after a Katherine Smith three, but Garner beat the buzzer with a three to send the Dawgs to the break up 35-24.
The second half started much the same way as the Retriever defense continued to give UMass Lowell fits. UMBC forced the River Hawks into eight turnovers in the third quarter alone. UMBC kept the offense rolling, as they saw their lead jump to as many as 27 late in the fourth. UMBC would go on to win 68-44.
Garner led the way with 22 points on 9-18 shooting adding five steals. Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) and Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) added 17 and 14 each. McCarley also chipped in eight assists and eight steals in the win. UMBC tied a season best with 34 forced turnovers. The Retrievers forced 34 against Coppin State back in November.
Senior Liz McNaughton (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) moved into tenth in career three point field goals made (85) with her trifecta 50 seconds into the second quarter.
The Retrievers return to the hardwood on Thursday, Jan. 21 at Hartford. Tip-off with the Hawks is slated for 7 p.m.