Teklits Sparks Retrievers Off the Bench; UMBC Falls to Denver 70-48 on Thursday

Photo: Larry Levanti
Photo: Larry Levanti

Baltimore, Md.— UMBC women's basketball got a career day from freshman Kristen Teklits (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), who scored 14 points on Thursday in a 70-48 loss. The loss drops the Retrievers to 1-9 on the year, while the Pioneers improve to 6-4 on the year.

Denver came out of the gates early, taking the lead with a 5-0 run which saw the Pioneers go 3-3 from the floor during that stretch. The Retrievers would keep it close throughout the first period by outrebounding Denver 11-9 with seven of those rebounds coming on the offensive glass.

UMBC came out firing in the second, using a 7-0 run fueled by a pair of Kristen Teklits three pointers to cut the Pioneer lead to just two. Those six points were a career high for the freshman.

That would stretch to a 12-2 run over a five-minute span that gave the Retrievers the lead after a Teklits layup. The Retrievers held the Pioneers to 1-9 shooting during the run. However, Denver would respond with a 6-0 run to end the half with a 31-26 lead.

Teklits led all scorers with eight points on 2-3 shooting from deep. UMBC outrebounded Denver 18-16 through the first 20 minutes.

UMBC came out of the break on a4-0 run to cut the deficit to just one. However, the Pioneers used a 13-0 run late in the stanza to put them in front by 13, their largest lead of the game to that point. Teklits ended the run with an and one late in the quarter to make it a ten-point game entering the fourth.

The Pioneers would continue their run in the fourth, going up by as many 22 points in a 70-48 victory over the Retrievers on Thursday. Teklits led all scorers with a career high 14 points on 5-9 shooting, 3-7 from three. Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) added nine points and a team best seven rebounds in the loss.

UMBC returns to the hardwood against George Mason on Monday, Nov. 11. Tip-off with the Patriots in Fairfax, Va. is set for 7 p.m.