It is crystal clear as to how much Carlee Cassidy means to the UMBC women’s basketball team. While she was in a slump the team lost four straight and looked as if their hot start was a fluke, but after two great performances in as many days the UMBC women’s basketball team has evened their record at 6-6.
To start the Fordham Holiday Classic, the Retrievers were matched up against the previously 10-1 East Carolina Pirates, a team that was big, athletic, and just plain good. But after being down by 13 points in the first half UMBC came beat East Carolina, 66-58, with a near perfect second half.
Led by Cassidy’s 27 points and seven threes, UMBC went from shooting 26.7% in the first half to 59.1% from the field in the second half.
Helping out Cassidy, Michelle Kurowski recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Katie Brooks chipped in 11 points off the bench.
Defensively UMBC shut the Pirates down in the second half. East Carolina started the game shooting 44.1%, but after the intermission they hit just 21.9% of their shots from the field.
The second day was a similar story with the same result- a comeback resulting in a UMBC win.
This time they were set to face host team Fordham. Once again the team was led by Cassidy, who scored a game high 18 points, giving her 1,391 in her career, which ranks second in UMBC history.
After being down by 15 points, and going into the half down 31-18, UMBC came out of the half on a 20-6 run to take the lead. After 10 minutes of the game see-sawing, UMBC got the lead and never gave it up as they won the game, 62-56.
Once again, it was a tale of two halves. UMBC went from being out shot 44.4% to 28.6% (0% from three point range) in the field half, to out shooting Fordham 51.7% (45.5% from three point range) to 32.3% in the second half.
Kurowski and Brooks added 12 and nine points respectively.
With the two wins, not only has UMBC shown that they have the ability to come back from a deficit, but they have evened their record heading into their final non-conference game of the year, which is against Virginia Tech on Monday.