Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball got big games from Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.), along with a huge third quarter to snap their six game losing streak in a 69-60 win against UAlbany on Saturday. The Retrievers outscored the Great Danes 23-8 to take the lead and never look back.
UMBC moves to 9-19, 2-12 AE on the year while the Great Danes fall to 11-16, 8-6 AE.
The Great Danes got out to an early lead, going on an 8-0 run before UMBC scored their first points of the game with four minutes left on an O'lesheya Braxton (Paterson, N.J.) layup. That helped spark a 6-0 run for the Retrievers who got it to within three late. UMBC would end up outscoring the Great Danes 11-5 over the final three minutes to trail 13-11 after one.
The Retrievers would keep it close early but once again UAlbany would distance themselves with a 6-0 run to extend the lead to eight, taking a 27-20 lead into halftime.
UMBC forced seven first half turnovers by the Great Danes and were led by Oliver with 12 first half points on 6-10 shooting.
UAlbany would open the third with a layup, but it would be all Retrievers from then on. Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) and Summers hit back-to-back three's to cut the deficit to three and tie it just moments later on a Dominika Skrocka (Moscow, Russia) triple. Skrocka would help lead a third quarter charge by giving UMBC their first lead on a three that was followed by Eryn Fisher (Kingsley, Australia) getting an and one to extend their lead.
Paula Rubio (Madrid, Spain) put a cap on a 23-8 quarter by banking in a three just before the buzzer sounded, giving UMBC a 43-35 lead.
The Retrievers would extend that lead to as many as 20 midway through the third before the Great Danes started to mount a comeback. They got the deficit to as many as eight with 30 seconds left, but UMBC hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on for a huge 69-60 win on Saturday.
Oliver led all scorers with 21 points, adding eight rebounds. Summers chipped in another double-double with 16 points and a career high 12 rebounds. Skrocka added nine points on 3-4 shooting from three in the win. UMBC got 27 bench points and shot 50 percent from the floor.
Heather Forster led the Great Danes with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Kyara Frames also added 16 points with Khepera Stokes chipping in 11.
UMBC will host Stony Brook in their regular season finale on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN+.