Baltimore, Md.— UMBC women's basketball got a season best 12 points from Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) on Wednesday, but the Retrievers fell to Maine 64-50 on Wednesday morning.
The Retrievers fall to 1-15, 0-3 AE on the year while Maine improves to 9-7, 2-1 AE.
Costa led the Retrievers with 12 points, adding five rebounds. Sophomore Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa./South Park) tied a season best with nine points. Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) tied season highs with nine points and seven rebounds.
Three Black Bears reached double figures, led by 19 points and 11 rebounds by Blanca Millan. Julie Brosseau (18) and Tanesha Sutton (11) hit double digits.
UMBC came out firing early, racing out to a 7-3 lead, as Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook), Costa and Allison McGrath all scored on the run. The Retrievers forced three Black Bear turnovers on the run. The UMBC defense would continue to stand strong, holding Maine to 1-11 shooting to end the first quarter. Five different Retrievers scored to give them an 11-9 lead after one, capped by a beautiful pass from Kristen Teklits (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) to Jen Gast (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) to end the quarter.
Maine would break out in the second, going 10-13 from the floor, using an 8-0 early to spark the offense. The Black Bears held the Retrievers scoreless for 2:35 to take their first lead of the game at 17-15. That would extend to a 13-1 run over the last 3:06 of the quarter, as UMBC went without a field goal in the 4:33 of the half to give Maine a 31-23 lead at the break.
Costa led the Retrievers with eight points and four rebounds at the break, as six different Retrievers scored in the first 20 minutes.
Julie Brosseau led the Black Bears in the first half, scoring nine points on 4-6 shooting. Blanca Millan had eight and seven rebounds for Maine.
The Black Bears continued where they left off in the second, opening the third quarter on a 6-0 run. UMBC would respond, as both sides exchanged baskets in the early going of the second half. Maine would distance themselves from the Retrievers late in the third, using an 11-0 run to end the quarter to lead 53-32 heading into the fourth.
UMBC would hold Maine scoreless for just under three minutes in the fourth. Burgess sparked the Retrievers in the fourth with a big and one to cut the deficit to 59-42. McGrath would follow up with back-to-back threes to tie a season high with nine points, as Maine would go on to defeat UMBC 64-50 on Wednesday.
UMBC concludes their three-game homestand against UMass Lowell on Saturday, Jan. 13. Tip-off with the River Hawks is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN 3.