After starting the season looking like they were going to be a force to be recon with this season, the UMBC women’s basketball team has tailed off and have struggled to get the much sought after “W”. The previously 4-2 Retrievers have now dropped four straight to fall to 4-6 with three more road games on their schedule before starting conference play.
While the team was clearly outmatched going into the game against No. 21 West Virginia, the team really struggled to get anything going at all. They shot just 36.5% from the field and failed to make one of their 10 three point attempts.
Only two Retrievers scored in double figures. Katie Brooks led the team with 11 points and Carlee Cassidy scored 10 points. While Cassidy has been seen as the number one option for the majority of her career, coming into the game she was struggling in all aspects of the game and after scoring just one point against Loyola coach Phil Stern decided to remove her from the starting line-up in place for Brooks.
This could very well be the case next week for Cassidy despite scoring 10 points. She has been very inconsistent this year and that may be to a lack of focus. She has been missing easy-layups, overshooting threes, and making poor passes. If she can build on this 10 point performance for the next few games she could easily get back into the starting line-up.
Meghan Colabella had the overall best game. She recorded eight points, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked two shots while shooting 40.0%.
The team will look to regroup as they have nearly a week off before they face East Carolina on a neutral floor in the Fordham Holiday Classic in New York on December 28.