Feb. 17, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Boston University women's basketball team (13-12, 10-3 AE) dropped a 62-52 decision to UMBC (17-10, 11-3 AE) on Thursday night at the Retrievers' RAC Arena. Junior Caroline Stewart scored 16 points and brought down six rebounds.
Stewart earned America East Player of the Game honors after going 6-for-14 from the field, 1-for-3 from behind the arc, and 3-for-4 from the charity stripe, while also recording one assist and one block. Senior Kerry Cashman brought down a game-high 12 rebounds, while junior Alex Young chipped in 13 points and sophomore Mo Moran added 10.
The Retrievers took as large a lead as 21 points in the second half, but with 1:52 remaining the Terriers came roaring back to within seven points. However, UMBC went 7-for-8 from the free throw line to hold on for the 10-point victory.
UMBC won the battle of the boards, 45-33, and it went 18-for-23 from the free throw line. Both team committed 15 turnovers with the Terriers converting on 11 points off those miscues.
It was back-and-forth to start the game and UMBC held a slight 6-5 edge by the 15:12 mark. The Retrievers than scored eight straight points to extend their lead to seven, 12-5, by 14:22, and kept the Terriers without a field goal for three and a half minutes while they built their advantage. Moran broke the scoreless streak at 12:36 on a pull-up jumper.
A 6-0 spurt by UMBC pushed the lead into double figures for the first time in the game, 20-9, at 6:40. After the Terriers answered with back-to-back baskets, the Retrievers sprung for 12 more points and took their largest lead of the half - 18 points, 34-14. BU scored five more points before the end of the stanza with four coming from Stewart and it went into the locker rooms at halftime trailing, 36-19.
Five quick points for BU reduced the deficit to 11, 36-25, to start the second half. However, a 16-6 run extended UMBC's lead to 21 points, 50-31, at 9:45. The Terriers responded with an 11-2 stretch that brought them to within striking distance, 52-42, at 6:44.
Within a 30-second span, Alford netted two quick baskets to bring the deficit to seven, 55-48, with 1:52 left, but UMBC went 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final minute to complete the 10-point victory.
BU will host Stony Brook on Sunday (Feb. 20) at 1 p.m.