Moore Scores 19 as UMBC Downs LIU Brooklyn, 57-45 on Wednesday

Moore led the Retrievers with eight points.
Moore led the Retrievers with eight points.

Brooklyn, N.Y.— UMBC women's basketball snapped their seven game losing streak with a 57-45 victory against LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday at the Barclays Center. Freshman Tyler Moore tied a career high with 19 points in the win.

UMBC improves to 3-7, snapping a seven game losing streak, while the Blackbirds fall to 1-10.

Shanovia Dove led all scorers with 19 points in the contest.

UMBC used a big run early in the third to take a lead they would not relinquish. Junior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) hit nine straight points in the third to push UMBC in front 23-16.

The Blackbirds would try to cut into the deficit, but another run by freshman Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va./Norfolk Academy) gave UMBC the lead for good. Moore scored 13 of her career high tying 19 points during the streak.

LIU Brooklyn cut the Retriever lead to two, but the Retrievers held on for a 57-45 win, snapping their seven game losing streak.

Moore led the way with 19 points, adding six rebounds. Castaldo finished with 15 and a career best eight rebounds. Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) scored 16 points in her first game back in a month.

The Retrievers shot 37.3 percent from the field, holding the Blackbirds to 29.8 percent.

The first half saw both sides struggle, as each team netted five points in the first quarter. Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) and Taylor McCarley led the way with a pair of points, with Laura Castaldo hitting one of two free throws.

LIU Brooklyn jumped out to a 12-7 lead in the second quarter, before McCarley hit six straight points to pull the Retrievers to within two at 13-11. Moore hit a fast break layup to tie things up late. However the Blackbirds took a 15-13 advantage into the locker rooms.

McCarley led all scorers in the half with eight points, going 4-9 from the field.  UMBC forced 13 Blackbird turnovers through the first 20 minutes.

The Retrievers will be back on the hardwood after the holiday break, when they travel to the Cavalier Classic Dec. 28-29. UMBC will take on host Virginia on the 28th before facing off with Liberty the next day.