Dramatic Win for UML Women’s Hoop Team
LOWELL -- Ren’Cia Rolling (Lansing, Ill.) connected on the game-winning jumper with eight seconds left, and Katherine Smith (Fort Wayne, Ind.) set a career high with 17 points, as the UMass Lowell women’s basketball team knocked off Saint Peter’s, 59-57, on Friday night.
Head Coach Tom Garrick became the third fastest coach in program history to earn his first win with UMass Lowell (1-1).
“I thought our kids played hard and grew from our first game,” remarked Garrick. “We learned from our mistakes and played really hard and were able to pick up the intensity on defense in the last five minutes of the game.”
Rolling scored the final four points of the contest, including a pull up jumper from the free throw line to decide the game following a Brianna Rudolph (Lynn, Mass.) steal as the Peacocks (1-1) were holding for the final shot.
The River Hawks entered the final quarter with a 46-44 lead, and built up a 53-47 advantage after a Katie McKie (Austin, Texas) bucket as the clock ticked under five minutes to go.
Saint Peter’s rallied to take a 57-55 lead with 1:15 to play, before Rolling took over and knotted the game up with 64 seconds to play.
Rudolph and Rolling joined Smith in double-figures, adding 11 and 10, respectively, and Rolling set a personal best with six assists.