Stony Brook, N.Y.— UMBC women's basketball led for a majority of the game but could not hold off a furious Stony Brook comeback in a 53-49 loss on Wednesday night. Seniors Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) and Brittani Burgess (White Plains, Md./St. Mary's Ryken/VCU) led the way with 12 points each.
The Retrievers fall to 3-23, 2-11 AE on the year while the Seawolves win their third straight to move to 16-11, 8-6 AE.
Castaldo and Burgess each had 12 points in the loss, with Burgess adding a team high eight rebounds for the Retrievers.
Aaliyah Worley led the Seawolves with a game-high 13 points with McKenzie Bushee and Shania Johnson adding ten points each.
UMBC got out the gates early, as Burgess was a perfect 3-3 to start the game with seven points to give UMBC an early lead. The Retriever defense stood tall in the opening period, holding the Seawolves scoreless for the final six minutes. During that stretch the Retrievers would go on a 5-0 run, four points coming from Lakiah Sims (Riverdale, Ga./Charles Drew/Palm Beach State) to take a 14-9 lead.
The Retrievers continued where they left off, as Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va./Norfolk Academy) hit the first five points of the second to push the UMBC lead to ten. That would extend to an 18-2 run over 12 minutes to give UMBC their largest lead of the night.
The Seawolves would not go away quietly, as they end the quarter on an 11-3 run to cut the UMBC lead to single digits at 32-23 at the break. Burgess and Moore led the Retrievers with eight points as UMBC shot 43 percent from the floor.
Stony Brook came out of the locker room firing, as they would whittle the UMBC lead down to just two by the end of the quarter as they outscored the Retrievers 16-9 in the quarter. Castaldo had five of the nine UMBC points as the Retrievers went just 2-8 from the floor.
Sims would get the Retriever offense going with a put back layup to open the fourth. However, the Seawolves would fight back, taking their first lead since early in the first, off a Jerell Matthews corner three. Trailing 50-46, Burgess would hit a tough layup and draw the foul to bring UMBC to within one.
The Retrievers had a chance to tie the game, but Sims would miss a layup, and Stony Brook would tack on two more free throws to seal a 53-49 comeback victory.
UMBC concludes their two-game road swing at Albany on Saturday, Feb. 17. Tip-off with the defending America East Champions is set for 2 p.m.