BALTIMORE, Md. – After a strong showing in the first two quarters, the UMBC women's basketball team fell to the Princeton Tigers, 69-58, on Sunday afternoon to close out a four-game homestand. UMBC was perfect from the free throw line (10-10), but was unable to overcome a stout defensive effort by Princeton in the fourth quarter. The Tigers move to 2-4 on the season while the Retrievers fall to 2-3.
Senior Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) led all scorers with a season-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, while junior Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) had another explosive game on offense with her second 17-point performance and added seven boards. Freshman Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va./Norfolk Academy) totaled seven rebounds as well while adding eight points. For Princeton, junior Kenya Holland chipped in 19 points, while senior Taylor Brown added 13. Freshman Bella Alarie grabbed a game-high nine boards for the Tigers.
Both teams got off to a hot start in the first quarter as Alarie opened the game with a trey before Sims laid in a basket. With 6:32 showing on the clock, Wilson would tie things up at 7 with a jumper. The Retrievers would then go on a 10-5 run to end the period with a 17-12 lead. UMBC converted 53.8 percent of their shots, including a three-pointer from Wilson.
The Retrievers used the second quarter to extend their lead to 14 at one point, thanks in part to 100 percent free throw shooting from Wilson and Sims. UMBC used a 10-3 run through the first half of the quarter to put themselves up, 29-15, on the visitors, including a layup from senior Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross). Princeton would end the quarter on a 14-8 run on the back of two treys from Holland and allowed UMBC to take a 37-29 lead into the half.
The Retrievers had a strong showing in the third quarter, shooting 58.3 percent from the field but were out-scored, 21-17, by the Tigers. Baskets from junior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) and senior Emily Russo (Woodbine, Md./Gleneg) helped to keep UMBC's lead at 10, but Princeton's 11-2 run halfway through the quarter cut the lead to 45-44 with 4:35 remaining. UMBC would use a 9-0 run to push its lead back up to 10 before two treys from Princeton's Jordan Muhammad cut the Retrievers' lead to 54-50 heading into the final stanza.
Princeton outscored UMBC, 19-4 and converted 47.1 percent of its shots in the final quarter. After a jumper from Alarie tied the game early in the period, Wilson pushed the Retrievers lead back to two with a jumper. However, Princeton would go on an 11-0 run and lead 65-56 before UMBC was able to add points to the board again. The Tigers would score twice more for the 69-58 victory.
Up Next: UMBC will travel to Washington, D.C. for a mid-week matchup as they face American on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.