VESTAL, N.Y. – UMBC women's basketball's freshman guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) registered the program's first-ever triple-double en route to the Retrievers picking up a dramatic 66-60 double overtime victory at Binghamton in Saturday afternoon's regular-season finale at the Events Center. The Retrievers capture the seventh seed in the upcoming America East Championships and will face No. 2 Stony Brook on Friday, March 7 at noon at SEFCU Arena.
McCarley finished her career-day with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while junior guard Janelle Saling (Lathrop, Mo./Lathrop/Highland CC) connected on five-of-eight three-pointers to chip in a collegiate-career-high 16 points. Freshmen Sara Tarbert (Delta, Pa./Kennard-Dale) extended her double-digit scoring streak to 12 games, registering 14 points and seven rebounds and classmate Emily Russo (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) added 10 points and six rebounds.
The teams were tied at 54 following 45 minutes of action, but the Retrievers knocked down back-to-back shots from beyond the arc to take a four-point lead, 60-56, with 1:47 to go. Sherae Swinson cut the deficit to two, 60-58, with 1:31 remaining, but UMBC hit three of its next four free throws, while its defense held Binghamton to one field goal en route to victory.
UMBC picks up just its second-ever victory at Binghamton to improve to 4-24 overall and 3-13 in league play, while Binghamton falls to 5-24 overall and 2-14 in the America East.
The Retrievers opened up a seven point advantage, 15-8, 10 minutes into the contest by knocking down six of their first 11 shots, while Binghamton connected on 3-of-12.
UMBC extended its lead to as many as 11 in the opening half, but the Bearcats closed the period on a 9-2 run over the final 4:48 of the stanza to cut the deficit to 21-17. The Retrievers shot 47.4 percent from the floor in the half, but took just 19 shots in the period.
Binghamton took its first lead since the 18:55 mark of the opening half 1:12 into the second stanza, 22-21, as Morgan Murphy battled down low for a bucket and Vaneeshia Paulk followed with her second trey of the afternoon. The Retrievers responded, tying the contest up at 24 on a trey from Russo, UMBC's first bucket of the second half, at the 15:42 mark. Russo's trey started a 15-2 run in favor of the Retrievers, which included two of Saling's five treys in the contest, to help UMBC to a 36-26 lead with 10:29 to go.
A Kandace Newry layup with 58 seconds to go in regulation capped off a 15-4 Binghamton run over a 7:36 span to tie the contest at 44 apiece. The Bearcats had a chance for the final shot, holding possession of the ball with 25 seconds left, but Binghamton was unable to get its shot off before a shot clock violation turned over the ball. The Retrievers were held to just one field goal over the final 8:03 of the second half. Binghamton finished the half with 13 of its 19 offensive rebounds in the game, converting into 13 second chance points.
The Retrievers trailed by as many as six points in the first overtime, but a three-point play from McCarley and back-to-back layups from Tarbert allowed the Retrievers their first lead of the period, 54-53, with 29 seconds to go. Paulk hit one-of-two free throws to tie the contest at 54 with 13 seconds remaining, but the Retrievers were unable to drain the go-ahead bucket before time expired.
The Retrievers knocked down 50 percent of their shots in the overtime periods (6-for-12), including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, en route to victory, while Binghamton was held to 38.5 percent from the field. The Bearcats were led by Paulk's 18 points and 13 rebounds. Murphy chipped in 15 points and five rebounds.
-UMBC completes its first-ever season sweep of Binghamton and wins for the second time on the Bearcats home court. Binghamton leads the all-time series, 16-8.
-UMBC will be taking part in its 11th America East Conference Championships. The Retrievers are the only No. 7 seed in America East history to defeat the top three seeds in the tournament and in 2007 were the lowest seed ever to win the league championship.
-McCarley records the first triple-double for an America East player since Mo Moran on Nov. 11, 2010 against Yale.