Baltimore, Md.— UMBC women's basketball climbed back to within one after being down as many as 15 in a 65-61 loss to New Hampshire on Sunday. The Retrievers got 19 points from Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) in the loss.
UMBC finishes the regular season at 15-14, 10-6 AE while the Wildcats end at 25-4, 15-1 AE.
McCarley led three Retrievers in double figures with 19 points and five rebounds. Classmate Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) added 12 and 7 while junior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) chipped in ten points.
Carlie Pogue scored a game hgh 31 points on 8-13 shooting with nine rebounds for the Wildcats.
Both teams struggled to get things going in the early part of the first, with neither team scoring till Laura Castaldo hit a layup on a backdoor cut three minutes in.
From there, each side would exchange buckets as the lead changed eight times in the opening ten minutes. The Wildcats would score four straight, holding UMBC scoreless for over four minutes at the end of the period. Taylor McCarley would end the streak with a pair of free throws, as the Wildcats lead 14-13 after one.
UNH would open the second on a 5-1 run to extend their lead to 19-14 early. However the Retrievers would chip away, getting a pair of McCarley freebies and a Pandora Wilson jumper to cut it to within four, but each time the Wildcats had an answer.
They would use a late run to take a nine point lead at the break, 32-24.
McCarley led the Retrievers with ten points, as UMBC shot just 28 percent from the floor. UNH shot 43 percent, outrebounding the Retrievers 22-12 in the first 20 minutes.
The Wildcats came out of the locker rooms on a 7-0 run to give them their largest lead of the game at 15 after a Pogue layup.
Pandora Wilson would catch fire midway through with a layup and a big and one put back to cut the deficit to 11. That's the way the quarter would end, as UNH held a 51-40 lead going in to the fourth.
The Retrievers would make their push in the fourth, going on an 8-0 run to start the period, highlighted by an Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa./South Park) triple to cut the deficit to just three.
Freshman Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) cut it to two after a steal and fast break layup late in the quarter. McCarley would make it just one after a big and one with 21 seconds to go, but the Wildcats held on for a 65-61 win, hitting their free throws down the stretch.
New Hampshire shot 40 percent from the field, going 25-31 from the line. The Retrievers shot 34 percent for the game, getting a boost from their bench with 16 points.
The Retrievers will be the three seed in the upcoming #AETourney and will play the six seed on Saturday, March 4.