Burlington, Vt.— UMBC used a big second half push to take down Vermont, 64-52 on Sunday. The Retrievers outscored the Catamounts 36-22 in the second half to win their eighth of their last nine.
The Retrievers improve to 13-12, 8-4 AE while the Catamounts fall to 7-18, 4-9 AE on the year.
Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) led all scorers with 20 points, going 4-7 from the field. Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) added 14 points and a career best 12 assists with six rebounds. Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) hit double figures, scoring 14 in the win.
Hanna Crymble led the way for Vermont with 15 points and five rebounds.
UMBC used a big second half push after Vermont came out of the gates firing to pull in front for good.
The Retrievers came out of the locker rooms on fire, scoring the first four points of the half to take their first lead of the game. They would not stop there, as they outscored the Catamounts 13-5 in the early going to push ahead by five.
UMBC would put together a 7-0 run to up their lead to seven, and increase that to ten, thanks to a Wilson jumper. The lead would by nine, at 51-42 heading into the final stanza.
Vermont would not find an answer for the Retrievers, as they forced 11 second half turnovers. Oliver put the game out of reach with a coast to coast run-out late to give UMBC a 64-52 victory on Sunday.
The Retrievers finished shooting 44.6 percent from the floor, outscoring the Catamounts 24-8 in the paint. Vermont shot just 38 percent, as UMBC forced them into 18 turnovers.
Vermont opened the game on with a three, and would extend their lead after going on a 13-0 run mid-way through the opening ten minutes to take a 16-3 lead.
UMBC would answer back with a 7-0 spurt to cut the deficit to within seven, but the Catamounts ended the quarter with a bucket to make it 18-9 after one.
The Retrievers would start to slowly chip away at the Vermont lead, but the Catamounts had an answer early. Taylor McCarley ignited a 9-0 run late that cut the UVM lead to just one, as she scored three points on the run. Classmate Pandora Wilson chipped in four points during the spurt, but Vermont ended the half with a bucket to take a 31-28 lead into the locker rooms.
Freshman Te'yJah Oliver led all scorers with 11 points in the first half, as McCarley and Wilson each had six for the visitors. The Retrievers shot just 39 percent from the floor as Vermont went 6-13 from deep.
UMBC returns to Baltimore on Wednesday, Feb. 15 for a 7 p.m. tip-off with Albany at the RAC. The game will be the team's annual Play 4 Kay game.