DURHAM, N.H.-- Maria Brown scored a game-high 16 points and scored five points in the closing 1:07 of the contest to lead the University of Maryland Baltimore County to a 48-47 victory in Lundholm Gymnasium on Thursday evening.
The Wildcats (9-13 overall, 5-8 America East) led by five points (46-41) with 1:44 to play following a free throw by freshman forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario). However, a pair of free throws by UMBC's Maria Santos cut the lead to three (46-43) with 1:29 to go. After a free throw by senior center Maren Matthias (Guildford, Conn.) gave UNH a 47-43 advantage with 1:21 to play, Brown connected on a three-pointer to pull her team to within one point (47-46). Following a missed shot Williams with 43 seconds to go, Brown struck again, this time with a jumper with 17 seconds remaining to give the Retrievers their one point advantage (48-47). The Wildcats called three timeouts with 12 seconds remaining before sophomore guard Kate Poulin (Kitchener, Ontario) drove to the hoop and missed as time ran out on the Wildcats.
UMBC improved to 3-19 overall and 3-10 in America East and has won three of its last six contests.
UNH jumped out to an early lead in the first half and led by as many as six points, but the Retrievers stayed close and the score at the half was tied at 21.
The Wildcats were led in scoring by Matthias, who poured in 15 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Also playing well for UNH was Willliams, who scored eight points and pulled down six rebounds.
Neither team shot well from the floor, as UMBC was 17-43 (.378) and UNH was 14-38, .368. The Retrievers did shoot well from long distance, sinking 10-22 three-pointers for a percentage of .455.
The Wildcats will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 22, when the squad travels to Vermont to battle the Catamounts. Game time is 4 p.m. and the contest will be featured as the America East Television Game of the Week.