Baltimore, Md.-- Senior guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md. / Academy of Holy Cross) stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks while classmate Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md. / Academy of Holy Cross) added 10 points and six rebounds to help the UMBC Women's Basketball team (6-11, 1-3) defeat visiting Vermont (4-12, 1-3), 69-66, in overtime on Saturday afternoon.
Wilson, a preseason all-conference selection, had been out of action since December 10th due to injury. Her return sparked the Retrievers as she picked up some clutch baskets and rebounds off the bench.
In overtime, a Wilson jumper gave UMBC a 61-59 lead, but the Catamounts quickly answered with a three to reclaim a one-point advantage. Each team would then miss a shot before freshman Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va. / Norfolk Academy) hit back-to-back three pointers in the span of 56 seconds to put the Retrievers up 67-62. Vermont responded with a three and had a chance to tie late, but Wilson snagged a rebound off a missed shot with six seconds left and passed off to McCarley who sank two free throws to put away the game.
Moore finished with 10 points, while junior guard Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y. / Clarkstown South) poured in 11 for the Retrievers. Freshman Te'yjah Oliver (Clinton, Md. / Riverdale Baptist) tied her career high with seven rebounds to go along with six points
The game was tightly contested, featuring 10 ties and 14 lead changes. UMBC shot 50% (7-14) from the floor in the first quarter, but needed a McCarley old-fashioned three-point play to take an 18-15 lead into the second quarter.
Both teams struggled in the second quarter, combining to shoot 7-34 from the field, but the Retrievers went into the break up 27-26 after a late Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md. / St. Mary's Ryken) trey.
The shooting struggles did not carry into the third quarter as Vermont knocked down four of its first eight three-point attempts, while UMBC shot 58.3% (7-12). Once again, a late basket put UMBC in the lead to end the quarter after a Wilson layup made it 45-44.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Retrievers as they head north to face five-time defending America East champion Albany for a 7 p.m. game on Monday. Fans can watch the game on ESPN3.