West Hartford, Conn.— Freshman Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa.) poured in a career high 17 points on five three pointers, as UMBC women's basketball defeated Hartford 64-47 on Friday. The Retrievers held Hartford to just 15 made field goals in the win.
UMBC improves to 12-12, 7-4 AE on the year, winners of seven of their last eight. Hartford falls to 14-10, 5-6 AE with the loss.
McGrath led all scorers with a career best 17 points, hitting five three pointers in the process. Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y.) pumped in 15 points with Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) and Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) had 12 and ten respectively.
Jess Camarda led the Hawks with 15 points, going 5-8 from three.
The Retrievers would use an 11-1 run to distance themselves from the Hawks in the second stanza, getting four points from Wilson on the run. McGrath stepped up big for the Retrievers at the end of the quarter, hitting back-to-back threes, including one at the horn to give UMBC a 33-20 lead at the half.
McGrath led all scorers with 11 points on 3-6 shooting from deep. McCarley had nine points, pulling down three boards and dishing out three assists in the opening 20 minutes. UMBC shot 48 percent from the field, holding the Hawks to 24 percent shooting.
UMBC would continue the second half with strong defense, holding the Hawks to 2-10 shooting in the third, forcing five turnovers in the stanza.
Laura Castaldo took over in the third, scoring four points on an 8-0 run to pushed the Retriever lead to 20 heading into the fourth.
The Retrievers would continue their dominant defense in the fourth, keeping the Hawks at bay on their way to a 64-4 win on Friday afternoon.
UMBC shot 49 percent from the floor, holding the Hawks to just 27 percent shooting. The Retrievers outscored the Hawks 24-4 in the paint, getting 30 bench points.
The Retrievers got out of the gate slow, but picked up the pace early, as both sides took turns with the lead. Laura Castaldo got the Retriever offense going, hitting a big three and drawing the foul to give UMBC an early 9-8 lead.
Taylor McCarley would get an and one of her own, finishing her driving layup and hitting the free throw to increase the Retriever advantage. McCarley would find Castaldo on a beautiful back door cut at the buzzer to give the Retrievers a 14-12 lead after one.
UMBC will have a quick turnaround, as they travel to Vermont for a noon tip-off with the Catamounts on Sunday on ESPN 3.