Women’s Basketball Tops Gettysburg, 71-51 in Home Opener

Women’s Basketball Tops Gettysburg, 71-51 in Home Opener

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BALTIMORE, Md. – Juniors Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) and Lakiah Sims (Riverdale Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) helped pace the UMBC women's basketball team as they picked up a 71-51 victory over Gettysburg College.

The Retrievers held the Bullets to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor and led by as many as 27 points in the third quarter. In the paint, UMBC outscored Gettysburg, 42-12, and held a 49-37 edge on the glass.

Sims and Castaldo led the team in double-digit scoring with 18 and 14 points, respectively, while Sims collected six rebounds and four assists.

Freshman Tyler Moore, who earned her first start on the season, collected 9 points and 4 rebounds. She converted all three of her attempts from behind the arc. Senior Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) led the team with 8 rebounds while also adding 7 points.

Leading 37-at the half, UMBC used a 12-2 run in the third quarter to extend their lead over the visitors to 56-29. Castaldo scored 9 of her 14 points in the stanza, as she went 4-of-4 from the field while Sims and senior guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) each added four points.

Head Coach Phil Stern was able to see 11 Retrievers in action as the team completed a perfect weekend.

Emily Gibbons led Gettysburg as she collected a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Emma Dorshimer, the reigning Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year finished the day with 9 points and 4 boards.

The Retrievers took an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter off layups from senior Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) and Hagaman, as well as one of Moore's treys. UMBC settled for a 14-10 lead at the end of the first ten minutes. Moore led the team with six first quarter points and Hagaman brought down 4 boards.

The Retrievers would score 23 second quarter points to take a 37-23 lead into the half, hitting 9-of-18 shots from the field in the stanza. Through 20 minutes, UMBC forced six Gettysburg turnovers while only giving up the ball once themselves. Sims picked up 12 of her 18 points in the first half while also grabbing three boards.

UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC will continue a four-game homestand as they face local rival UMES on Saturday, Nov. 19 as part of a double-header. The women's game will tip off at 1 p.m., while the men will face Kennesaw State at 3 p.m.