Freshman Kristina White and junior Niki Taylor combined to score the final 14 points for the Vermont Catamounts to lift UVM past UMBC, 63-59, in America East women's basketball action before a crowd of 2,111 at Patrick Gymnasium on Saturday.
Vermont improves to 2-2 in America East and 5-12 overall. UMBC falls to 1-4 in league play and 2-15 on the year.
White and fellow freshman Kylie Butler led Vermont with 16 points each. White scored eight critical points down the stretch to help lead UVM to the win. Taylor added her second double-double of the year with 10 points, six in the final 2:31 of the game, and 10 rebounds. Kayla Burchill added 12 points to round out the leading scorers for the Catamounts.
Taylor McCarley led all scorers with 18 points and eight rebounds to pace the Retrievers. Sara Tarbert added 10 points and six caroms.
Vermont led by 10 at the 15:05 mark of the second half, but UMBC responded with a 19-8 run to take a 50-49 lead with just over four minutes remaining in the contest.
White answered with a deep 3-pointer to shove the Catamounts back in front 52-50 at the 4:05 mark. Liz McNaughton made a pair of free throws on the Retrievers' next possession to tie the game up at 52, but White responded again with a strong drive to the basket to push the Catamounts back in front and give them a 54-52 lead with 3:32 left.
Taylor added back-to-back baskets in the paint and White knocked down another 3-pointer to extend Vermont's lead to seven with just over a minute remaining. The Catamounts would go on to post the victory to snap a seven-game losing streak.
In the first half, Vermont used an 11-0 run to break open a one-point game and took a 16-6 lead with 13:47 remaining. UVM's lead grew to 21-8 after a 3-pointer from Kayla Burchill.
UMBC used a 15-5 run to trim the lead to three, 26-23, at the 5:03 mark, but the Catamounts held off the Retrievers and took a 36-30 advantage into halftime.
Vermont returns to action on Monday (Jan. 20) when it travels to Durham, N.H. to take on the New Hampshire Wildcats. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Courtesy: UVM Athletic Department
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