Charlottesville, Va.— UMBC women's basketball picked up a big 62-51 victory on Thursday against Liberty. The Retrievers finished the first half on a run, keeping the Flames scoreless en route to the victory. Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) and Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) each had 16 points to lead UMBC.
The Retrievers improve to 4-8, while the Flames fall to 1-10 on the year.
Moore and McCarley each had 16 points, as McCarley chipped in five assists. Freshman Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) poured in career high 14 points, going 8-12 from the foul line.
Keyen Green led Liberty with 16 points on 7-14 shooting.
Liberty opened the second quarter on a 5-0 run, but the Retrievers would counter with a run of their own to take the lead midway through, which they would not give up. Moore hit a triple as part of a 6-0 run, and from there, the UMBC defense stood tall.
The Retrievers gave up just six points in the quarter, holding the Flames scoreless for the final five minutes of the half, forcing five turnovers in that stretch.
The Black and Gold continued their strong run of play after halftime, getting the lead up to 12 thanks in part to back-to-back trifectas from Moore and Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y.). The Dawgs would end the quarter on a 9-0 run, holding Liberty scoreless for over three minutes.
The Flames would not go away in the fourth. They cut the UMBC lead all the way to six, and would get as close as three, but the Retrievers got timely shots and hit free throws to seal the victory.
The Retrievers shot 31 percent from the field, including 79 percent (22-28) from the foul line. UMBC forced 19 Liberty turnovers, scoring 18 points off those turnovers.
The opening quarter saw neither side getting anything going offensively. Moore hit a three to open the scoring for UMBC, which helped spark an 8-2 run for the Retrievers early. During the run, Moore knocked home a three, followed by a Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) coast-to-coast layup.
After Liberty fought off the early rust, they went on a run of their own to take a 14-12 lead late in the first. However, Oliver would give the Retrievers the lead off a beautiful tip-in and one to make it 15-14 late. That was part of a 5-0 run that capped the quarter with a 17-14 UMBC lead.
Moore led all scorers with 11 points in the opening half, as Oliver pumped in five of her own. The Retrievers forced the Flames into 13 turnovers through the first 20 minutes.
UMBC closes out 2016 with a Saturday matinee meeting with Coppin State at 1 p.m. at the RAC.