Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball used a big second half, and a career night from Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) to defeat Gettysburg, 65-51 on opening night. Summers led three players in double figures, as the Retrievers scored 38 points in the paint.
UMBC moves to 1-0 on the year. Gettysburg remains 0-0, as the game with the Retrievers was an exhibition for them.
UMBC and Gettysburg battled in the early going, with neither team taking more than a two point lead either way. Summers was the catalyst early, keeping UMBC in front with strong play on both ends of the floor. The Retriever defense held Gettysburg to 1-7 shooting late, forcing a shot clock violation at the end of the quarter to take a 14-12 lead. Summers lead the way with eight points.
The Bullets responded in the second, holding UMBC without a basket to take a four point lead. Junior Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) would end the drought with a driving layup, but Gettysburg answered right back with a three.
The defense stepped up late, holding Gettysburg without a point over the last three minutes to take a 25-23 lead at the break. Summers lead all scorers with 12 points, adding six rebounds. The Retrievers shot 37 percent from the floor, forcing 13 turnovers.
UMBC found their rhythm in the third, led by Summers who sparked a 6-0 lead to give the Retrievers their largest lead to that point. They used another 6-0 run at the end of the quarter, fueled by five points from Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) to take an 11 point lead after three.
The Black and Gold continued their hot shooting in the fourth, finishing the quarter near 50 percent from the floor in a 65-51 win.
Summers had a career day, scoring 22 points and grabbing ten rebounds for her fourth career double-double. She made a career best eight free throws and went 7-13 from the floor. Oliver and Paula Rubio (Madrid, Spain) chipped in 13 and 12 respectively. The Retrievers scored 38 points in the paint and forced 25 Gettysburg turnovers.
Emma Dorshimer and Tori Yantsos led the Bullets with nine points each.
UMBC has a quick turnaround, host Eastern on Thursday night. Tip-off with the Eagles is set for 5 p.m. at the UMBC Event Center on ESPN+ with Graham Whaples and Raven Harris have the call.