Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball used a big second half surge to pull away from Gettysburg, 72-45 on Tuesday. The Retrievers outscored the Bullets 47-22 over the final 20 minutes in the win. Senior Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South) scored a game high 18 points in the victory.
UMBC moves to 1-2 on the year with the win.
After both teams came out of the locker rooms exchanging baskets, the Retrievers finally found their footing after a Melody Van Ness (Somerville, N.J./Somerville) and one pushed the lead to four. UMBC would end the third on an 8-2 run, holding Gettysburg without a field goal over the final five minutes of the quarter.
The fourth quarter started the way the third ended, with UMBC holding the Bullets without a point for a majority of the period. UMBC extended their run, outscoring Gettysburg 25-2 over a 14 minute span to take a commanding lead in a 72-45 victory.
Castaldo finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Van Ness had 12 points and three steals. Sophomore Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) finished with ten points, adding three steals and two assists.
UMBC forced 26 Gettysburg turnovers, scoring 20 points off those turnovers.
Both teams came out struggling to find the basket early. The Retrievers started 1-1 from the floor but missed the next five before a layup by Laura Castaldo ended the drought.
After the Bullets got up early in the quarter, UMBC quickly turned the tide, going on an 8-0 run to end the quarter to lead 12-8 after one. The Retrievers held Gettysburg scoreless over the last four minutes of the period. The run was started by a Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) layup, followed by points from Te'yJah Oliver, Castaldo and Melody Van Ness.
Van Ness came out firing in the second, hitting back-to-back triples to increase the Retriever lead to six. Classmate Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) hit a big put back layup, drawing a foul to give UMBC their largest lead of the half at 25-18. However the Bullets would score the last five points of the half to make it 25-23 Retrievers at the break.
Van Ness led the Retrievers with eight points at the break, as UMBC forced 13 Bullet turnovers.
UMBC returns to the RAC on Friday, Nov. 17 to take on LIU Brooklyn. Tip-off with the Blackbirds is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN 3 with Troy Green, Raven Harris and Pandora Wilson on the call.