Baltimore, Md.— UMBC women's basketball battled Loyola (Md.) every step of the way, but fell, 70-65, to the Greyhounds on Saturday afternoon. The Retrievers got a career best 19 points from freshman Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va./Norfolk Academy), as three Dawgs set career marks on Saturday.
UMBC falls to 2-7 while the Greyhounds improve to 4-5 on the year.
Moore led all scorers with 19 points, breaking her previous best of 17 points she set back on Nov. 30 at American. The Virginia native also collected nine boards, a career best. Classmates Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa./South Park) recorded a career best six points, going 2-5 from three, while Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) reset her best in points with 13, her first double digit scoring output of the year.
UMBC shot 39 percent from the field, going 10-17 from deep, good for 58 percent led by a 4-of-6 performance from Moore. The Greyhounds outrebounded the Retrievers, 47-30, leading to 13 second chance points. Both teams had turns with the lead, as the lead changed hands 12 times.
Alexis Gray led Loyola with 17 points going 5-10 from three. Carly Monzo (ten points, ten rebounds) and Stephanie Karcz (13 and 16) each recorded double-doubles.
UMBC led, 31-29, at halftime, but Loyola held the Retrievers scoreless for almost three minutes to start the second half, until Costa hit a layup and a free throw to cut the Loyola lead to one. However the Greyhounds got hot from three, ending the quarter on a 5-0 run to take a 49-46 lead after three.
Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) opened the final stanza with an and-one, but once again the Greyhounds responded. Both sides battled early, exchanging baskets for a majority of the period, before the Retrievers made their final push.
Costa hit a bucket under a minute to go to cut the lead to two, followed up by a Greyhound offensive foul with 36 seconds to go.
However the Greyhounds made six of their last eight free throws to seal the game with a 70-65 win.
The first half saw the Greyhounds jump out to a 6-0 early advantage, before Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) hit a layup to give UMBC their first points of the game. Loyola would use another 7-0 run to take their largest lead of the half.
The Retrievers made it interesting late in the stanza, as Wilson knocked down a triple, and Costa hit a layup to cut the Greyhound advantage to 14-10 after one.
UMBC came to life in the second quarter, pilling to with in two at 19-17 after a pair of buckets from Moore and Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and a big three from McGrath. The Retrievers would take the lead on a big trifecta from Castaldo, holding Loyola scoreless over a two-minute span.
The Retrievers would take a 31-29 lead into the break, led by Moore with eight points, six boards and two assists. UMBC converted 7-of-12 from beyond the arc.
The Retrievers return to the court on Wednesday, Dec. 21 when the Dawgs travel to the Big Apple to take on LIU Brooklyn at 5 p.m. The game will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.