South Orange, N.J.-- UMBC women's basketball picked up a big 72-58 victory against UTSA on Saturday afternoon to kick off the Seton Hall Classic. UMBC got a balanced scoring attack for the second straight game, as four players reached double figures in the win led by Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) with 19 points.
UMBC improves to 3-0 while the Roadrunners fall to 1-1 on the year.
Summers continued where she left off earlier in the week, scoring the first six points for the Retrievers. UTSA got out to an early 5-2 lead, but UMBC held the Roadrunners to just 1-7 shooting with three turnovers in a 2:27 stretch.
The Retrievers got back-to-back three's from Summers and Dominika Skrocka (Moscow, Russia) to give UMBC the lead. Both teams found the shooting stroke late in the period with the Retrievers making five of their last seven and UTSA going 5-5 to lead 21-19 after one.
Skrocka got hot from deep in the second, drilling a pair of triples to extend the lead to 28-24, forcing an early Roadrunner timeout. The Retrievers would use an 11-1 run over a five minute stretch to take their largest lead of the game to that point at 11. During the spurt, UMBC held UTSA scoreless with six turnovers to lead 39-28 at the break after Skrocka hit a three at the buzzer.
The Russia native led the Retrievers with 15 points, as the Retrievers shot 44 percent from the floor and 50 percent from deep.
UTSA came out strong in the third, outscoring UMBC 8-4 over the first five minutes. They would hold the Retrievers to just nine points in the quarter to cut the deficit to 48-43 after three.
However, the Retrievers regained their composure, retaking a double digit lead thanks to Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy). The duo sparked a 9-0 run that was capped by a Summers three that put the Roadrunners away for good.
Summers led the way with 19 points, with Skrocka (15), Oliver (14) and Costa (10) each hitting double digits. UMBC shot 44.3 percent from the floor, going 10-26 (38.5 percent) from three.
The Retrievers close out the Seton Hall Classic tomorrow against Kennesaw State. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. at Walsh Gymnasium.