Lowell, Mass-- UMBC women's basketball dropped their fifth straight, 62-41 to UMass Lowell on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Eryn Fisher (Kingsley, Australia) led the way for UMBC with seven points.
UMBC falls to 8-17, 1-11 AE on the year, while the River Hawks improve to 7-19, 3-10 AE.
Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) got the scoring started for the Retrievers with a driving layup early on in the first. From there UMass Lowell would rip off four straight to take an early 6-0 lead, forcing a Retriever timeout. The Retrievers would go scoreless over a four minute stretch that allowed the River Hawks to extend their lead to 12-4. They would end the quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 17-6 lead.
UML continued their hot shooting, opening the quarter on a 6-0 run, part of a larger 21-4 run that spanned 11 minutes. Freshman Silvia Ferreiros (Lugo, Spain) got the Retrievers back into it with back-to-back three's to cut it to 11. Classmate Kayla Jackson (Rochester, N.Y.) hit a layup on the ensuing possession to get the deficit to single digits. However, the River Hawks would end the quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 32-16 lead at the break.
Ferreiros led the Retrievers with six points, going 2-3 from deep in the half. UMBC had 18 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, with UMass Lowell scoring 10 points off those turnovers.
UMass Lowell picked up where they left off in the second, using a quick 5-0 spurt to extend the lead. Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) ended the run with a layup off a nice give-and-go with Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.). UMBC would get the deficit to under 20 after Eryn Fisher hit a tough layup plus the foul. But it was the River Hawks who would get a three just before the buzzer to take a 50-29 lead into the final quarter.
The River Hawks would continue to hold the Retrievers at bay, defeating UMBC 62-41 on Saturday afternoon.
Fisher led the Retrievers with a game-high seven points. Summers and Ferreiros each had six points in the loss.
Ren'Cia Rolling and Brianna Rudolph led all scorers with 17 points each.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, February 20 when they travel to Vermont. Tip-off with the Catamounts is slated for 11 a.m. as part of Vermont's Midday Madness Game.