Late Free Throws Lift UMBC Over Women's Basketball
Dec. 20, 2015
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland women's basketball graduate student Steph Smith and freshman Alex Barazotti knocked down two treys in the final minute of the game, but the Greyhounds were unable to top UMBC, as the Retrievers recorded seven points from the free-throw line to post a 52-46 victory over the Greyhounds Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
Smith scored a career-high 12 points, shooting 4-of-7 from behind the arc. Sophomore Bri Betz-White added nine points, while senior Jeneh Perry was one-point shy of a double-double, recording nine points and grabbing a career-best 18 rebounds.
On three occasions in the first quarter, Loyola (3-7) led by as many as three, but UMBC (8-3) closed out the frame with four unanswered points to give the Retrievers a one-point lead, 13-12, going into the second quarter.
UMBC continued to feed off its offensive momentum, using an 8-2 run with just over four minutes remaining in the second quarter to lead by as many as seven, 23-16. Loyola's bigs -- Perry and Smith -- scored the last five points of the half to pull Loyola within two, 32-21, at the break.
In the first 20 minutes, Loyola's forwards combined for 14 of the team's 21 first-half points and 16 of the squad's 20 rebounds.
Loyola's guards opened the third quarter scoring eight of the team's first 10 points, including a free throw by Betz-White to give Loyola it's first lead since the first quarter, 31-30, with 2:03 remaining in the frame. On the following possession, UMBC regained control of the lead, and the Retrievers outscored Loyola in the final two minutes of the frame to hold a five-point advantage, 37-32, heading into the fourth quarter.
Perry and Smith opened the final quarter with five unanswered points to knot the score, 37-37, but the Greyhounds were unable to find the final push to top the Retrievers, as UMBC closed out the game scoring 10 of its final 15 points from the charity stripe.
The Retrievers made 20 trips to the free-throw line, shooting 75-percent, while Loyola made only eight trips, connecting on 50 percent of its attempts.
The Greyhounds return to action on Tuesday in Brooklyn Heights, New York, where they will face St. Francis Brooklyn at 1 p.m.