BALTIMORE – UMBC (8-11, 3-3 America East) rallied from an 11-point third-quarter deficit and outscored visiting UMass Lowell, 28-14, in the final 10 minutes to pick up their third straight victory, a 79-72 triumph over the River Hawks (3-17, 0-7).
Senior forward Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) scored 10 of her 14 points in the final frame, while senior guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) tallied nine of her game-high 22 points in the last ten minutes to key the surge.
McCarley hit two free throws with two seconds to play in the third quarter to bring the hosts to within 58-51 after 30 minutes. The River Hawks maintained a six-point lead, at 64-58, with 7:08 to play, when Wilson hit back-to-back jumpers to cut the deficit to 64-62. UML's Kayla Gibbs pushed the lead to 66-62 on the next possession, but two free throws and a subsequent steal by McCarley led to Wilson's game-tying basket at the 4:40 mark.
Wilson gave UMBC its first lead since the second quarter with another perimeter jumper with 2:45 remaining, but River Hawks forward Oda Shackelford responded in the paint 18 seconds later.
Retriever freshman guard Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) would give the hosts the lead for good and trigger a game-deciding 8-0 run as she banked in a trey from the right side with 2:06 to play. The River Hawks had two looks at a game-tying trey, but were off the mark and McCarley inserted the dagger with a brilliant drive, hoop and harm to give the Retrievers a 74-68 advantage with 64 seconds remaining.
UMBC's starting five accounted for 78 of the season-high 79 points. Freshman guard Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) buried five-of-nine treys and netted 18 points, junior forward Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y.) tallied 14 and Oliver added 10.
Five River Hawks also scored in double figures, paced by Megan Hendrick's 18 points and a double-double for Gibbs, who posted 17 points and a game-high 13 caroms.
UMBC led, 19-12, after one quarter, but the River Hawks hit 11-of-17 shots from the floor in the second stanza to take a 40-32 halftime advantage.
UML outshot UMBC, 45.2 percent to 39.3 percent from the field, but McCarley's ability to get to and convert from the charity stripe keyed a 25-of-32 effort (78.1 percent) from 15-feet away by the Retrievers.
McCarley hit 12-of-13 free throws and added eight assists and four steals to her stat line.
The three-game winning streak is UMBC's longest of the campaign.
The Retrievers return to the court on Wednesday, Jan. 25 when they host Stony Brook in the annual Mid-Day Madness contest. Tip-off time is slated for noon and the contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.