Baltimore, Md.— UMBC women's basketball picked up a 67-61 victory against Stony Brook on Wednesday afternoon, thanks in part to an all-around performance by senior Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross). McCarley finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as UMBC wins their fourth straight.
The win propels the Retrievers to 9-11, 4-3 AE, while Stony Brook falls to 9-11, 2-5 AE.
Classmate Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) led all scorers with 18 points, adding seven rebounds. Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y.) was the other Retriever in double figures, totaling 16 points on 7-12 shooting.
Christa Scognamiglio led the Seawolves with 17 points and ten caroms on 7-14 shooting.
Both teams battled in the first quarter for control of the lead, with each side exchanging baskets. Wilson and McCarley led the Retrievers at the end of the stanza, taking a 16-13 after getting eight points from Wilson and six from McCarley in the period.
UMBC turned the corner in the second quarter, going on a big 20-0 run over an eight-minute span to push in front 30-13, forcing seven turnovers. The Retrievers held Stony Brook scoreless for much of the period, giving up just seven total points to take a 33-20 lead into the break.
Stony Brook would not back down however. The Seawolves started to warm up from three, cutting the UMBC lead down to nine after a Davion Wingate and one. They would continue on a 15-0 run to tie it up late.
However, layups by McCarley and Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) gave the Retrievers a slim 48-44 lead after three.
The fourth saw UMBC hold onto the lead early, but yet again the Seawolves fought back, tying the game with three minutes to go. Wilson would help push the Retrievers in front for good, scoring four of the next six points to help UMBC hold on for a 67-61 win.
UMBC finished shooting 42 percent from the floor, going 13-16 from the line in the win. The Retrievers forced 13 turnovers, while outscoring the Seawolves 40-30 in the paint.
The Retrievers will return to the hardwood on Saturday, Jan. 28 with a road contest at New Hampshire. Tip-off is set for noon in Durham, N.H.