Baltimore, Md.— UMBC women's basketball got a career high nine points from freshman Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa./South Park) in the third quarter, sparking a Retriever run that led to a 53-45 victory on Wednesday.
The Retrievers win their fifth of their last six games to improve to 10-12, 5-4 AE, while Binghamton falls to 10-12, 5-4 AE.
Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) led the Retrievers with 15 points adding seven rebounds in the win. McGrath chipped in nine with three rebounds, as Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Imani Watkins led all scorers with a game-high 22, chipping in seven caroms.
As a team the Retrievers shot 31 percent from the floor, including 13-18 from the charity stripe. UMBC outscored Binghamton 13-3 in second chance points as they collected nine offensive rebounds in the contest.
Binghamton opened the game going on a quick 11-2 run, to take an early lead. The Retrievers answered right back with a 7-0 clip of their own, sparked by four points from Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) and a big three from Laura Castaldo. However it would be the Bearcats with a 13-11 lead after one.
The Bearcats would keep their lead around six for much of the second quarter, but a big run late would give the Retrievers the lead heading into the break.
A 6-0 spurt on back-to-back treys from Castaldo and Taylor McCarley gave the home team a 27-26 lead at the break, holding Binghamton scoreless for the last 3:06 of the quarter.
Castaldo led all scorers with 11 points on 4-4 shooting, going 3-3 from deep. The Retrievers shot 43 percent from the floor, forcing ten Bearcat turnovers.
The Retrievers came out of the locker rooms on fire, as McGrath pushed their lead to seven early off back-to-back trifectas.
The UMBC defense continued to apply the pressure, getting a steal and run out from Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist), as part of a 9-0 run.
The Bearcats would respond, as Imani Watkins scored eight of the team's 11 third quarter points to cut the Retriever lead to just four at 41-37.
UMBC would maintain their lead throughout the fourth quarter, keeping the Bearcats at bay, holding on for a 53-45 win on Wednesday.
UMBC returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 4 against Maine. Tip-off with the Black Bears is set for 1 p.m. at the RAC.