Second Half Surge Lifts Bearcats Past UMBC, 58-46 on Wednesday

Second Half Surge Lifts Bearcats Past UMBC, 58-46 on Wednesday

Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball got off to a furious start, but a late second half surge by the Bearcats propelled them to a 58-46 win against the Retrievers on Wednesday night. UMBC held the Bearcats to just one point in the first quarter, but were outscored 37-16 in the second half in the loss.
The Retrievers fall to 8-16, 1-10 AE on the year while Binghamton improves to 10-15, 5-7 AE.

UMBC flexed their muscle early, suffocating the Bearcats in the first quarter. The Retrievers held Binghamton without a field goal in the first ten minutes and just 1-4 from the foul line. The Retrievers would have their struggles from the floor, going without a field goal for over six minutes before Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) hit a contested three. Binghamton would go without a point for just over seven minutes, as UMBC led 17-1 after one.

The Retrievers would extend that run, leading by as many as 20 in the first half. However, Binghamton found their groove late, using a 10-0 run to cut the deficit in half late. They would end the half on a 12-2 run to cut the Retriever lead to 30-21 at the break.

Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) and Oliver would lead the way with 10 points each. Paula Rubio adde five points with five rebounds and three assists.

Binghamton continued to chip away at the Retriever lead, putting together a quick 6-0 run early in the third. UMBC quelled the run with back-to-back baskets from Oliver and Summers. Oliver hit a tough runner in the lane, followed by a Summers layup to put UMBC back in front. The lead would be short lived, as Binghamton outscored UMBC 18-8 in the third to take a 39-38 lead into the fourth.

Binghamton continued to hold the Retrievers at bay in the fourth, outscoring UMBC 19-8 in the fourth to win 58-46 on Wednesday night.

Oliver led all scorers with 20 points. Summers chipped in 14 points and five rebounds in the loss as just five different Retrievers scored on the evening.

Karlee Krchnavi led the Bearcats with 16 points and 19 rebounds.

UMBC will hit the road to take on UMass Lowell on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m.