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Retrievers outlast Coppin State in double OT

Pandora Wilson had 21 points and 14 rebounds as UMBC beat Coppin State in double overtime.

Pandora Wilson had 21 points and 14 rebounds as UMBC beat Coppin State in double overtime.

It took two overtimes but the UMBC women’s basketball team was able to earn their first win of the year as they out-lasted local-rival Coppin State on Thursday afternoon. Led by a 21-point, 14-rebound effort by Pandora Wilson off the bench the Retrievers beat the Golden Eagles 68-61.

Coppin State out-shot UMBC from the floor and killed them on the boards, 56-39 but they also turned the ball over 34 times and missed all 10 of their 3-point shots. Still, they had a chance to win the game because the Retrievers went only 2-for-20 from distance and turned the ball over 21 times themselves.

The difference that second overtime period when UMBC out-scored Coppin State 10-3. Laura Castaldo hit a jumper on UMBC’s first possession while Keena Samuels tied the game after Janelle Lane stole the ball to tie the game, Taylor McCarley and Wilson hit back-to-back jumpers to create a cushion. After Lane missed one of her two foul shots Wilson got inside for another layup. With the time winding down and turnovers on three-straight possessions by Coppin State, the Golden Eagles were forced to foul McCarley at the end, she made both shots and UMBC close out the final minute for the win.

Neither team ever went on a big run in the game, it was a grinding back-and-forth battle for nearly an hour. Chukwuma Chiamaka finished second on the Retrievers with 13 points while grabbing five rebounds. Castaldo had a solid eight-point, seven-rebound game.

Coppin State was led by Lane, who did damage inside as she scored 17 points with nine rebounds and three blocks. Omaah Tayong had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Amber Griffin scored 11 points.

UMBC will play at Towson on Tuesday at 11 am before returning home for three-straight home games at the start of December. Coppin State will play at Towson on Sunday before returning home for back-to-back home games against Mount St. Mary’s and Bowie State.

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