Retrievers Lose Tough Battle with Maine, 58-45 on Saturday

Retrievers Lose Tough Battle with Maine, 58-45 on Saturday

Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball held the defending America East champions to their second lowest scoring game in conference play, but could not overcome 29 turnovers in a 58-45 loss on Saturday. Junior Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and sophomore Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) each had 10 points to lead the way for UMBC. Freshman Eryn Fisher (Kingsley, Australia) chipped in a career high nine points in the loss.

The Retrievers fall to 8-15, 1-9 AE on the year while the Black Bears improve to 17-7, 10-1 AE.

Maine got off to a hot start, using a 6-0 run to take an early 8-2 lead midway through the first. That run would extend to 12-0 before Te'yJah Oliver broke a nearly six minute scoring drought with a layup. That bucket helped spark an 8-0 run for the Retrievers, who trimmed the deficit to 17-10 after one.

The Retrievers and Black Bears would trade buckets in the early going, before both teams struggled to find the basket late. UMBC would get Maine out of rhythm, forcing turnover on five straight possessions. During that time, the Retrievers cut the deficit to just three and would trail by only four at the break, 26-22.

Eryn Fisher and Oliver led the way for the Retrievers with seven points each. UMBC held Maine to just 31 percent from the floor and shooting just under 50 percent themselves.

The Retrievers struggled from the floor in the third, as Maine was able to extend their lead to seven, outscoring the Retrievers 8-3 early on. UMBC would respond late, cutting the deficit to under five but the Black Bears would take a seven point lead into the fourth.

UMBC got the deficit to single digits in the fourth, but the Black Bears hit their free throws down the stretch to defeat UMBC 58-45 on Saturday afternoon.

Oliver and Summers led the Retrievers with 10 points each, with Fisher chipping in a career high nine points in the loss.

Blanca Millan led three Black Bears in double figures with 14 points.

UMBC remains at home to take on Binghamton on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in their annual Spread Respect game. Game can be seen on ESPN+ with Troy Green, Raven Harris and Pandora Wilson on the call.