Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball had three score in double figures, but dropped a 67-55 decision to UMass Lowell on Saturday afternoon. Junior Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) led the Retrieves with 15 points, going 7-8 from the foul line.
The Retrievers fall to 7-9, 0-3 AE while the River Hawks improve to 6-11, 2-2 AE on the year.
UMass Lowell came out and took an early lead before the Retrievers took their first lead midway through the first quarter. The Retrievers had a chance to distance themselves but could not convert on back-to-back layups off River Hawk turnovers. UMBC would keep it close, trailing 19-16 after one thanks to an O'lesheya Braxton (Paterson, N.J.) half court heave just before the buzzer.
UMBC would retake the lead in the second after Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) found herself open under the basket and converted the layup. Both teams found their shooting stroke in the second as both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor with UMBC going 7-10 (70 percent) in the period. Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) tied it just before the buzzer with a layup after a Te'yJah Oliver steal to make it 34-34 at the half.
Moore led the Retrievers with 10 points at the break with Oliver adding nine.
UMass Lowell distanced themselves in the third, using a pair of 6-0 runs to take the lead for good. UMBC would get the deficit to as little as four late in the quarter, but the River Hawks answered the run to lead by seven entering the fourth.
UMBC tried to get back into the game in the fourth, but UMass Lowell outscored the Retrievers 13-8 in the period, holding UMBC scoreless over the last 3:41 to hold on for the 67-55 win.
Oliver led the Retrievers with 15 points. Moore and Summers also hit double figures with 13 and 10 respectively.
A pair of River Hawks scored 20 points led by Bri Rudolph with 24. Katherine Smith added 20 and six rebounds.
UMBC returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 16 when they head to Binghamton. Tip-off with the Bearcats is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN3.