Mount women roll past UMBC, are 10-0 in NEC

32 turnovers, cold shooting doom Retrievers, 67-45

January 21, 1999|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

EMMITSBURG -- After its 67-45 loss to Mount St. Mary's last night, the UMBC women's team couldn't claim to have not had a chance against the top team in the Northeast Conference.

When the Mountaineers' top player, Megan Gardiner, was taken out of the game with her third foul 4: 11 left before halftime, the Retrievers, down 25-24, had an opportunity.

They wasted it, failing to make a field goal for the rest of the half. Meanwhile, the Mount (12-4, 10-0) scored the last nine points of the first half, taking a 34-26 lead on the way to remaining undefeated in the NEC and claiming its 11th straight victory.

Though UMBC (8-8, 6-4) held Mount St. Mary's to 38 percent shooting and got 14 rebounds from Monica Logan, it committed 32 turnovers and didn't shoot well when it did retain possession.

"Layups," UMBC coach Jennifer Bednarek said, referring to the easy misses that haunted her team throughout a 29 percent shooting performance. "When we can make them, we'll be a much better team. Our defense was good and we rebounded well."

The Mount led 21-14 on two free throws by Deanna Butters with 7: 17 left. UMBC answered by scoring the next six points, the last of them coming with 5: 57 on a basket by Logan to close the gap to one with 5: 57 left.

Gardiner's third foul meant a one-and-one free throw opportunity for Logan, who led UMBC with 11 points. She missed. The Retrievers took the lead at 26-25 on two free throws by Kathy Doyle with 3: 03 left in the first half, but that was all.

The Mountaineers have gone 7-0 since the loss of guard Kia Williams, who was averaging 19.3 points when she went down with an injury. Having shown resourcefulness, surviving the temporary absence of Gardiner -- a 20-point scorer -- wasn't going to be tough. Four players -- Katie Walton, Jackie Banks, Butters and Vera Feldbusch -- scored to end the half.

"Anytime there's a distraction, the team knows that they have to step up," Mount St. Mary's coach Vanessa Blair said. "I just told Jackie and Deanna that they have to be offensive threats."

Gardiner led the Mount with 13 points. Feldbusch and Walton had 12 points each, and Jo-Val Nance had 10.

UMBC -- Hampton 4-10 0-1 8, Doyle 0-6 5-8 5, Logan 4-10 3-4 11, Lange 3-9 0-1 8, Brown 1-5 2-4 4, McDevitt 0-1 4-4 4, Shelton 0-4 0-0 0, Bada 0-0 0-0 0, Spiek 0-0 0-0 0, Shalisa Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Sheila Johnson 2-3 1-1 5. Totals 14-48 15-23 45.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S -- Feldbusch 4-12 4-4 12, Gardiner 6-15 0-0 13, Banks 3-5 1-2 7, Menichini 0-5 4-6 4, Carey 1-6 0-0 3, Butters 2-5 2-2 6, Nance 4-6 0-0 10, Walton 4-8 0-0 12, Henson 0-1 0-0 0, Fobbs 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-63 11-14 67.

Halftime--Mount St. Mary's, 34-25. 3-point goals--UMBC 2-10 (Lange 2-6, Doyle 0-1, McDevitt 0-1, Shelton 0-2); MSM 8-21 (Walton 4-5, Nance 2-3, Gardiner 1-2, Carey 1-6, Henson 0-1, Feldbusch 0-2, Menichini 0-2). Rebounds--UMBC 38 (Logan 14); MSM 37 (Banks 9). Assists--UMBC 8 (Lange 3); MSM 13 (Carey, Feldbusch, Menichini 3). Fouled out--Butters. Total fouls--UMBC 14, MSM 21. A--225.

Pub Date: 1/21/99

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