Albany, N.Y.-- UMBC women's basketball hung tough with the Great Danes in the opening quarter, but a 15-8 second quarter pushed UAlbany in front for good in a 64-44 win on Saturday. Sophomore Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) led the way with nine points and seven rebounds in the loss.
UMBC falls to 7-11, 0-5 AE while the Great Danes improve to 6-12, 3-2 AE.
Both teams got out to a hot start from the field, with neither side missing a shot over the first three minutes of the game. Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) gave UMBC the early lead off a corner three to make it 7-6. From there, the Great Danes would use a 6-0 run to push in front before Sariah Penese (Wellington, New Zealand) ended the run with three of her own.
That three sparked a 7-0 run that gave UMBC the lead back late in the quarter. However UAlbany would end the quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 19-14 lead after one.
The Great Danes increased their lead to double digits with an 8-0 spurt, holding UMBC scoreless over a three minute span. That run would extend to 13-0 before Kristen Teklits (New Fairfield, Conn.) ended the drought with a reverse layup after nearly five minutes. The Retrievers would trim the deficit to just 34-22 at the break thanks to a Janee'a Summers layup late.
Summers led the Retrievers with six points and four rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Penese added five as UMBC scored 14 of their 22 points in the paint.
The Retrievers came out of the locker room holding the Great Danes scoreless for a two minute stretch to cut into the deficit. However, UAlbany would answer right back holding UMBC without a bucket over the same stretch to increase their lead. Teklits ended the drought with a tough and one as UMBC trailed 54-33 after three.
UMBC would outscore the Great Danes in the fourth, but UAlbany held on for a 64-44 victory on Saturday.
Summers ended the day with a team best nine points and seven rebounds. Teklits chipped in seven for the Retrievers who shot 33 percent from the floor for the game.
Alexi Schecter led three Great Danes in double figures with 20 points with Heather Forster and Amanda Kantzy adding 14 and 11.
UMBC will return to the hardwood on Wednesday, Jan. 23 when they host Vermont in their annual Midday Madness game at 11 a.m. on ESPN+.