Baltimore, Md. -- Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) and Lucrezia Costa (Rome, Italy) each scored six points in the fourth quarter as the UMBC Women's Basketball team ended the game on a 12-1 run to defeat host Coppin State on Wednesday morning. The win moved UMBC to 5-0 for the first time in program history.
Costa scored all six of her points in the game ending surge, while Summers' turnaround baseline jumper with 3:47 left put the Retrievers up 53-51 and turned out to be the game-winner. Dominika Skrocka (Moscow, Russia) led UMBC with 11 points, while Summers finished with 10.
UMBC lead 16-10 after one quarter, but Coppin State (0-3) battled back to send the game into the half tied at 27. The Eagles then went on a run in the middle of the third to go up by as much as seven, before Summers hit a jumper with 18 seconds left in the quarter to cut the Eagles advantage to 43-38 heading into the final frame.
Coppin State hit a jumper just 26 seconds into the fourth to push the lead back to seven, before freshman Paula Rubio (Madrid, Spain) answered with a three to cut the lead down to four. The Eagles responded with a three of their own, before Summers hit back-to-back shots to get the game back to a one possession game at 48-45 with just under eight minutes to go.
Chance Graham would get the final three of her game high 17 points for the Eagles when she converted a layup while getting fouled and hit the free throw with 6:33 left to push the the lead back to six, at 51-45. That, however, would be the last made basket Coppin State would make for the rest of the game.
Te'yjah Oliver (Clinton, Md.) and Costa hit back-to-back layups to cut it to a two point game, and then, after a UMBC timeout, Oliver found a cutting Skrocka for a layup to tie the game at 51 with 4:22 left. After Summers gave UMBC the lead for good on the next trip up the court, the team's traded multiple scoreless possessions before Costa blew by her defender at the top of the key and layed the ball in give UMBC it's first four point lead since the first quarter.
The Eagles would split a pair of free throws to make it 55-52, and would get a chance to tie, but a they missed a jumper and Summers came up with the rebound after a mad scramble for the ball with 35 seconds left. Coppin elected not to foul, and after Oliver had her layup attempt blocked, Costa got the rebound and the put back to just beat the shot clock and secure the win with 11 seconds left.
The Retrievers look to continue the best start in program history when they host Notre Dame University of Maryland on Friday night at 7 p.m. Fans can get tickets at tickets.umbc.edu