UMBC Women’s Basketball Falls in Quarterfinals of #AETourney, 74-40 to Hartford on Saturday

UMBC Women’s Basketball Falls in Quarterfinals of #AETourney, 74-40 to Hartford on Saturday

Portland, Maine— UMBC women's basketball fell in the America East Quarterfinals, 74-40 to Hartford on Saturday. The Retrievers got ten points and five rebounds from Lauara Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) in the contest.

UMBC falls to 15-15 while the Hawks improve to 17-13 on the year.

Castaldo led the Retrievers with ten points adding five rebounds in the loss. Senior Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) and freshmen Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa./South Park) and Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) finished with seven points.

Deanna Mayza led all scorers with 21 points on 5-9 shooting from three. Darby Lee chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Hartford came out of the gates early in the first quarter, jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes. The Retrievers would get on the board thanks to an Allison McGrath three to quell the run.

Castaldo drilled a three just before the horn from deep to cut the deficit to 19-11 after one.

The Hawks would continue their hot shooting in the opening half, going on a 9-1 run run to start the second, with the lone point coming off an Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) free throw.

UMBC would not go away, as they cut into the Hartford lead with six straight free throws to make it 36-21 at the break.

Castaldo led all scorers with ten points through the first 20 minutes, adding three rebounds. The Retrievers shot just 20 percent from the floor, going 8-10 from the charity stripe.

Hartford opened the second half with another big run, this time going on an 11-0 spurt. Pandora Wilson would score seven quick points, but the Hawks found the answer, ending the run with a Mayza three. Another seven point run sparked by a Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) layup cut into the lead, but the Hawks once again found an answer as they would take the lead into the fourth.

The trend continued in the fourth, as the Hawks hot three point shooting continued, as they would go on to defeat the Retrievers 74-40 on Saturday. 

UMBC shot just 22 percent from the floor, going 13-17 from the foul line. The Hawks shot 49 percent from the floor, going 12-31 from downtown.