The UMBC women’s basketball team went to Virginia Tech hoping to come out with a storybook upset against the Hokies, but that did not prove to be the case in this game as the Retrievers were just outmatches and outplayed in the 74-44 loss in their final non-conference game.
Sophomore guard Michelle Kurowski led the Retrievers with 13 points while Carlee Cassidy and Erin Brown each hit two three’s in their eight point games. But those efforts were not enough against the much more athletic and much deeper Virginia Tech team.
Twelve players saw time in the game for Virginia Tech, and their nine players who scored matched the total number of UMBC players who played in the game.
Utahya Drye led all players with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Alyssa Fenyn added 12 points. They were helped by five other players who scored at least eight points in the game.
But it was Virginia Tech’s athleticism on defense that took UMBC out of the game. The Retrievers shot just 30.6% from the field and 18.2% from three-point range. They were out-rebounded 55-29, s 26 rebound disadvantage.
At 6-7 the Retrievers will finally return home after a six game road trip as they start conference play against the 10-3 Hartford Hawks who have received voted in the USA Today/ESPN women’s basketball poll.