Women's Basketball's Hot Shooting Continues; Turnovers Plague Retrievers Versus Stony Brook, 72-51
BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball shot 50 percent for the third straight games, but the Retrievers took just 34 shots in game after turning the ball over to Stony Brook 28 times in a 72-51 loss in the black and gold's annual Play4Kay contest at the RAC Arena on Wednesday night.
The Retrievers were led by a career-high 13 points from sophomore guard Liz McNaughton (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax), who knocked down three-of-four from beyond the arc and four-of-five from the field. Freshmen forwards Sara Tarbert (Delta, Pa./Kennard-Dale) and Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) each chipped in 10 points and six rebounds. Tarbert extended her double-digit scoring streak to 10 games.
UMBC knocked down three of its first four shots to start the contest, but a the Retrievers did not connect on another field goal for four minutes, allowing Stony Brook to go on an 8-1 run. Despite sophomore center Bridget O'Donnell (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) knocking down a long jumper as the shot clock expired to end the drought, the Seawolves were able to extend their lead to 24-11 with 8:19 to go in the half.
Hagaman helped to get the Retrievers going, pouring in her first bucket of the evening, followed by a trey from junior Janelle Saling (Lathrop, Mo./Lathrop/Highland CC) and a pair of free throws from Tarbert, bringing UMBC back within six, 24-18. However, Stony Brook scored nine of the final 12 points of the half to enter the break with a 12-point lead, 33-21.
Tarbert helped UMBC bring the deficit back to single digits in the opening seconds of the period with an old-fashioned three-point play, but that is as close as the Retrievers would get in the half. The black and gold turned the ball over 17 times in the second half, turning into 16 SBU points.
UMBC's 28 turnovers in the game transitioned into 28 points and Stony Brook's 14 offensive rebounds allowed for 17 second chance points.
Junior forward Sabre Proctor drained seven of her 13 attempts and finished with a game-high 20 points to lead four double-digit scorers for Stony Brook. Junior guard Jessica Ogunnorin added 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
UMBC Freshman guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) added nine points, a season-high six assists and four rebounds.
-Stony Brook completes the season sweep for the first time since 2010 and evens the series at 12 apiece.
-UMBC is shooting 53.5 percent over its last three games.