Durham, N.H.-- UMBC women's basketball got a big all-around performance from Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist), Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) and Eryn Fisher (Kingsley, Australia) in a 55-47 win against New Hampshire to earn a spot in the America East Tournament. UMBC was propelled by a big third quarter to push in front for good, outscoring UNH 15-7.
The Retrievers improve to 10-19, 3-13 AE on the year, while the Wildcats fall to 6-23, 3-13 AE.
Both teams got off the a sluggish start with just six combined points being scored in the first five minutes and UMBC trailing 4-2 at the media timeout. The two would exchange turns with the lead, with the Retrievers taking an 11-10 lead after one thanks to seven free throws. The Retrievers ended the quarter with a big defensive stand, getting a pair of blocked shots from Eryn Fisher and Paula Rubio (Madrid, Spain).
The Retrievers would go on an early run in the second to take their largest lead of the half at 16-13. The Wildcats would counter with a 6-0 spurt of their own to retake the lead by three holding UMBC scoreless over a four minute stretch.
That run would stretch to 9-0 before Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) drilled a three on the wing to end the drought. Te'yJah Oliver would connect on a backdoor layup late to cut the deficit to 24-21 at the break.
Oliver led the Retrievers with seven points in the first half with Moore chipping in five.
Kayla Jackson (Rochester, N.Y.) gave the Retrievers a spark in the third, opening the second half with a steal and coast-to-coast layup. After the Wildcats jumped back in front, back-to-back layups by Oliver and Fisher helped to spark a 9-0 run, capped by a Dominika Skrocka (Moscow, Russia) three to give UMBC their largest lead to that point at 36-30.
UMBC would hold the Wildcats to just seven points in the third and take a 36-31 lead into the fourth.
The Retrievers would go on a 6-0 run early in the fourth to take an eight point lead, and not look back. UMBC would hit their free throws down the stretch, getting key stops as they held on for a 55-47 win against the Wildcats on Saturday and propel them into the America East Tournament.
Oliver led the way with 17 points, grabbing seven rebounds. Summers chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds with Fisher stuffing the stat sheet with eight points, four boards and five assists.
Caroline Soucy led the Wildcats with a game-high 18 points on 6-17 shooting.
UMBC will await the results of the later games to see who their opponent will be in the America East Tournament. The Retrievers will play Wednesday, March 6 as the seven seed. Stay tuned to UMBCRetrievers.com and @UMBCwbb on Twitter for more information.