Freshman forward Denise Beliveau (
An 18-point first half effort by Kristin Drabyn gave the Retrievers their largest lead of the game, 42-20, at the half. UMBC pulled ahead by five points (9-4) on three 3-pointers within the first five minutes of action, but the Wildcats responded with a trifecta by Beliveau to even the score, 9-9, with 13:31 remaining. The Retrievers pulled ahead yet again and though the Wildcats got as close as three points (19-16) with 6:50 to play, the visitors went on a 10-0 run to take a 13-point lead with 4:29 left in the opening frame. UMBC shot 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the field in the first half.
The Wildcats held the Retrievers to just four shots (4-for-15) in the second half and outscored their opponent 30-24 during that time. Beliveau nailed three shots from beyond the arc within the first ten minutes of the final frame, leading the Wildcats to a 15-5 run to get within 12-points of the Retrievers, 47-35, at 9:48. Carlee Cassidy’s 11-point second half, along with solid free-throw shooting down the stretch put the game out of reach for the Wildcats. Cassidy finished the game with 16 points.
Freshman forward Alexis Kirsteier (