Towson, Md.—UMBC women's basketball fell to local-rival Towson, 95-64 on Tuesday afternoon, as senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) tied a career high with 24 points going 9-19 from the field.
UMBC falls to 1-4 while the Tigers improve to 1-3 on the year.
UMBC came out with the first basket of the game on a beautiful back door cut and layup by Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist). The Tigers responded with a run of their own, 8-2, to take the lead before Oliver silenced the run with a fast break layup to make it 10-4 at the midway point.
Towson would end the opening period up 17-9 after a 7-2 late. Oliver lead all scorers after one with seven points.
The Tigers continued where they left off in the first going on a 10-3 run to take a 27-12 lead early on. The lone points by UMBC on the run were by Castaldo, who hit her first three pointer of the year from the corner.
Minutes later, Oliver made a nice move in the open court to get by her defender and find Castaldo, who knocked down another triple to cut into the deficit. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) added to the comeback, getting an offensive rebound and hitting an and one to cut it to just ten late.
The Retrievers ended the quarter by keeping the Tigers without a field goal over the final four minutes, till a three by Danielle Durjan ended the half. During that stretch, Towson went 10-11 from the charity stripe to maintain their lead at 45-28 at the break.
Castaldo lead the Retrievers with 12 points, as Oliver added 11 for UMBC in the opening 20 minutes.
The Retrievers would cut into the deficit in the second half, as a Castaldo and one cut the Tiger lead to just 11 early on. Both teams would struggle from the field in the third, as most of the period was spent on the foul line. Towson added to their lead going 11-14 from the charity stripe in the third to take a 72-48 lead into the fourth, and eventually holding on for a 95-64 victory on Tuesday.
Castaldo led the Retrievers with 24 points, tying her career high. Oliver added 17, while Summers posted her second career double-double with ten points and ten rebounds.
Nukiya Mayo and Danielle Durjan led Towson with 22 and 21 respectively.
UMBC returns to the hardwood at the Navy Classic on Saturday and Sunday, November 25-26. The four-team, two-day tournament features host Navy, UMBC, St. Bonaventure, and North Dakota State. UMBC takes on St. Bonaventure on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Retrievers will play NDSU or Navy on Sunday with time to be determined.