Retrievers Battle, Fall in Event Center Opener, 68-53 to Binghamton on Thursday

Photo: Gail Burton
Photo: Gail Burton

Baltimore, Md.—UMBC women's basketball opened the brand new UMBC Event Center with a 68-53 loss to Binghamton on Thursday night. Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) led all scorers with 20 points on 8-16 shooting.

The Retrievers fall to 3-21, 2-9 AE while Binghamton improves to 17-8, 8-4 AE on the year.

Castaldo led all scorers with 20 points, while Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) recorded a double-double with ten points and 11 rebounds.

Kai Moon led the Bearcats with 17 points while Rebecca Carmody had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Binghamton.

The Bearcats jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before the Retrievers cut the deficit to one with a Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va./Norfolk Academy) three, the first points for the Retrievers in the new arena. Binghamton would hold a lead for a majority of the first ten minutes until the Retrievers tied it on a Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) layup late and took the lead on a Burgess jumper late. However, the Bearcats would hit a layup late to take a 14-13 lead after one.

Binghamton stretched their lead to six early in the second, until a Kristen Teklits (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) three from deep cut the deficit in half. The Bearcats got a Karlee Krchnavi jumper to put them up seven before the Retrievers made a push.

The Retrievers got a layup from Sims and a Castaldo three cut it to two. The half would end with the Bearcats leading by that score, 31-29 at the break. Castaldo and Moore had seven points each, with Sims leading the way with eight.

Castaldo came out of the break on fire, hitting a three to give the Retrievers a one-point lead early. That would spark a 9-1 run that gave UMBC their largest lead at 38-32 after Castaldo hit a leaner. However, the Bearcats would go on a 5-0 run that extended to a 13-0 run to end the third, giving them a 47-39 lead.

Binghamton would extend the run in the fourth, leading by as many as holding off the Retrievers for a 68-53 victory on Thursday night.

The Retrievers return to action on Sunday, Feb. 11 for a 1 p.m. tip-off with New Hampshire at the UMBC Event Center.