Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball saw the season opening six game win streak end in a 71-62 loss to rival Towson on Tuesday night. Redshirt freshman O'lesheya Braxton (Paterson, N.J.) had a career night with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead three in double figures.
The Retrievers fall to 6-1 while the Tigers improve to 3-1.
UMBC got off to a sluggish start, but got things rolling thanks to a 6-0 run that gave the Retrievers the lead in the early going. Towson would respond, tying the game but Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) knocked down a jumper to put UMBC back in front. The defense would stand tall late in the quarter, forcing seven turnovers. Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) gave the Retrievers a 15-11 lead after one after drilling a three at the buzzer.
After the Tigers cut the deficit to one early in the second quarter junior Dominika Skrocka (Moscow, Russia) nailed a corner three to put UMBC back in front by four. Eryn Fisher (Kingsley, Australia) added to the party with a layup to give UMBC their largest lead at nine late in the half. Both teams went back and forth late with UMBC leading Towson 27-25 at halftime.
Braxton led the way with 10 points, adding six rebounds and four assists as UMBC shot 43 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from three.
UMBC started the second half going just under four minutes without a field goal, before Oliver ended the drought with a three in transition. Skrocka started to heat up midway through the third, hitting back-to-back triples to give UMBC the lead. However, it was the Tigers who had the final blow of the quarter, hitting a three at the buzzer to take a 46-45 lead.
The three at the end of the third sparked a 7-0 run to give Towson their largest lead to that point at 52-45. UMBC kept it close, getting the deficit to as many as six thanks to a Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) three. However, the Tigers held on late to win 71-62.
Oliver led the Retrievers with 16 points while Braxton added a career high 15 points and 10 rebounds with eight assists. Skrocka chipped in 12 in the loss.
UMBC will have the week off before heading south to take on American on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Tip-off with the Eagles is set for 7 p.m.