A Bitter Ending for River Hawks
LOWELL -- The UMass Lowell women’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking 58-57 defeat in the final second of their season opener against Bryant at the Tsongas Center on Tuesday night.
With the game tied at 57-57 and the River Hawks holding for the final shot, the Bulldogs’ Sydney Holloway was able to swipe the ball and convert one free throw with 0.7 seconds on the clock to steal the win as the hosts could not get a final shot off.
“I’m really proud of the way our team fought and the effort that the ladies put in,” remarked UML coach Tom Garrick. “We’re not going to be a team that lives on moral victories but we know that there’s a way to win and a way to lose, and if you go down swinging and giving maximum effort, and that’s what I thought we did tonight.”
Holloway led all players with 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
In her River Hawk debut, Ren’Cia Rolling paced the offense with 11 points, including a three-pointer that put UMass Lowell up 57-53 with 92 seconds to play. Katie McKie matched her career best with 10 points, and Brianna Rudolph added 10 as well.
Before Rolling’s triple, Bryant missed six consecutive free throws to allow the hosts to take a 52-50 lead, but the Bulldogs came back to set up the dramatic conclusion.