West Hartford, Conn.-- UMBC women's basketball suffered a 92-47 loss to Hartford on Wednesday night. Junior Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) led the Retrievers with 11 points, as UMBC could not overcome a tough first quarter that saw UMBC turn the ball over 15 times.
The Retrievers fall to 8-14, 1-8 AE on the year while the Hawks improve to 16-8, 9-1 AE.
Hartford came out and jumped on the Retrievers early, taking a quick 10-0 lead just two minutes into the game. Tyler Moore ended the run on the Retrievers' first shot of the game with a corner three. UMBC would shoot 50 percent from the floor in the opening stanza, but the Hawks forced 15 turnover to take a 32-10 lead after one.
The Retrievers started to settle into the contest in the second, opening the quarter a perfect 3-3 from the floor. They would go on to make six of their first seven, aided by four points by Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.). Summers sparked a 5-0 run to cut the deficit. Hartford would then rattle off a 7-0 run to take a 23 point lead, hitting a three just before the buzzer to take a 50-27 lead into the break.
Moore led the Retrievers with nine points in the opening half, with Summers adding eight. UMBC would shoot 56 percent from the floor in the first half, but committed 20 turnovers.
Hartford came out in the second half outscoring the Retrievers 23-3 before Dominika Skrocka (Moscow, Russia) hit a three to end the run. The Retrievers would get another three from O'lesheya Braxton (Paterson, N.J.) as the shot clock was winding down, but would trail 75-36 after three.
Hartford would continue their hot shooting in the fourth, taking a 92-47 victory on Wednesday night.
Moore led the Retrievers with 11 points with Summers adding 10 points and six rebounds in the loss.
Lindsey Abed led all scorers with 36 points with Alexia Douglas adding 16.
UMBC will return to Baltimore for a pair of contests starting with defending champion Maine on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN3.