BALTIMORE –The Bowie State University women's basketball team started the week well but missed out on a chance for two consecutive victories.
The Bulldogs started the week with a 71-65 win over Chowan University thanks to a career-best 23 points from Sade Chatman on Jan. 24. Chatman completed her double-double with 11 rebounds in the win.
Talanya Hutton scored a career-high 13 points, making all five of her shots from the field while Ty-Nita Baker added 10. Hutton came off the bench, a group that helped the Bulldogs in this game, as they scored 23 in the first half alone en route to a 33-18 halftime lead.
Chowan cut the lead to two in the fourth quarter, but Bowie State held on.
The second game of the week didn’t go as well as Bowie State could not maintain a 14-point third-quarter lead, and No. 25 Virginia State University rallied for a 67-59 victory on Saturday.
Chatman led the way again with 13 points, and Kiara Colston scored 11. Bowie State fell to 13-6, 6-4 in the CIAA and 2-2 in the North.
The Bulldogs held a 35-29 halftime lead and eventually stretched it to 50-36 when Colston made a layup just past the midway point of the third quarter. That also gave her 1,000 career points.
However, Virginia State (17-2) kept chipping away and took the lead for good at 58-55. The Bulldogs cut it to two with 34.7 seconds left in the game (61-59) but could do no more.
Bowie State does not play again until Saturday, but it missed a big chance with this loss.
The University of Maryland women's basketball team is one of the top squads in the Big Ten Conference, and Northwestern’s been struggling, but the Lady Terps did not have an easy time with the Lady Wildcats last Thursday.
Kaila Charles scored 17 points to help No. 14 Maryland hold off Northwestern 68-65 in a road game. Eleanna Christinaki continues to support her team's cause – this time with 15 points. Brianna Fraser also scored 13.
The Terps held a 41-33 halftime lead, but the Lady Wildcats kept fighting back. They tied the game at 52 in the fourth quarter before Maryland eventually took over.
In the end, the Lady Terps got 22 points off turnovers plus 20 from their bench, something they needed in this contest.
Bowie native Taylor McCarley has been working as a graduate assistant coach for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) women’s basketball team this season.
Even though UMBC has struggled this year due to injuries – the Retrievers were 2-19 after losing last Sunday. McCarley has been making the transformation from being a player to a coach.
McCarley was the team’s fourth-leading scorer in school history and ranked high up on the list in many other categories.
She’ll also be having a new place to work in as the Retrievers move to the newly-constructed UMBC Event Center, which opens with a men’s game on Saturday versus the University of Vermont. The women play their first game there on Feb. 8 versus Binghamton University at 7 p.m.