BALTIMORE, Md. – After leading by a point at the half, the UMBC women's basketball team fell 59-48 to the Towson Tigers on Tuesday night. Despite out-shooting the Tigers in three out of the four quarters, the Retrievers could not overcome a strong third quarter outing from the visitors. The Tigers remain perfect on the season at 4-0, while the Retrievers fall to 2-2.
Juniors Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) and Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) led UMBC with 17 points each, as Castaldo went 5-7 from behind the arc. Sims also collected 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. Towson's Sianni Martin and Raven Bankston led the team with 14 points, while Raine Bankston collected a team-high eight rebounds.
The Tigers opened the first quarter on a 9-0 run as Jordyn Smith knocked down two jumpers before Castaldo laid in a three-pointer for UMBC's first points of the game. After falling behind 14-5 with 3:44 remaining in the period, the Retrievers went on an 11-2 run to end the first quarter tied at 16-16. UMBC hit 55.6 percent of its shots, going 5-9 from the field.
UMBC started the second quarter strong, as Castaldo hit another three, but the Retrievers kept things close with the Tigers as the teams exchanged the lead four times and kept the score knotted for almost two and a half minutes. The Retrievers took a 28-27 lead into the half after Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) hit a free throw right before the clock ran out.
In the third quarter, Towson out-scored UMBC, 17-5 and converted 40 percent of their shooting to extend their lead to as much 12 at one point. Towson used a 6-0 run early to gain momentum, including layups from Raine Bankston and Martin.
UMBC attempted to close the gap in the fourth quarter, shooting 66.7 percent from the three-point line but could not overcome a 15-point deficit created by Towson late in the period. 12 of the Retrievers' 15 points in the period came off of shot from behind the arc.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC will close out a four-game homestand when they host Princeton on Sunday, Nov. 27. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.