SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Senior Sydney Holloway (Morgantown, W. Va.) became the all-time leading scorer in Bryant women's basketball Division I history but UMass Lowell erased an 18-point first-half deficit to defeat the Bulldogs, 55-35, on Monday night at the Chace Athletic Center.
Bryant held a 27-9 lead with 4:52 left in the second quarter but the River Hawks went on to outscore the Black and Gold, 46-8, over the final 27 minutes. The Bulldogs were held scoreless in the fourth quarter and had just eight second-half points.
Holloway became Bryant's all-time leading scorer in DI history with a basket at the 5:54 mark of the first quarter. She finished with seven points and now has 1,401 in her illustrious career. Freshman Alana Perkins (Wauwatos, Wis.) finished with nine points, hitting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.
UMass Lowell 55, Bryant 35
Records: Bryant (1-6), UMass Lowell (1-7)
Location: Chace Athletic Center (Smithfield, R.I.)
- Trailing, 33-30, in the third quarter, the River Hawks scored four-straight points to grab a lead they would not relinquish.
How it Happened
- Bryant built a 13-point lead after the first quarter thanks to 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.
- Senior Masey Zegarowski (Hamilton, Mass.) and freshman Nicole Gallagher (Foxboro, Mass.) helped Bryant open the game on a 7-0 run with a pair of 3s, while Perkins capped the quarter with back-to-back threes in the final 1:30.
- Holloway made history at the 5:54 mark of the first quarter, becoming Bryant's all-time leading scorer at the Division I level. She received an inbounds pass at the elbow and banked home a short jumper to pass Breanna Rucker '16 for the scoring record.
- Perkins was back at it in the second quarter as she drilled another deep three to kickstart a 7-0 Bryant run. The run was part of a bigger 16-2 run that was finished by baskets from sophomore Trinity Bravo (Bridgeport, Conn.) and senior Taty LaFrance Boyce (Norwich, Conn.).
- The layup from LaFrance Boyce was Bryant's last basket of the half however, as UML closed the quarter on a 15-0 run. UML Ren'Cia Rolling started the run with a three-point play, while Kharis Idom and Denise Solis turned two Bryant turnovers into four points in the final 15 seconds to make it 27-24 at the break.
- Gallagher quickly put an end to the run, hitting a three from the top of the key on Bryant's first possession of the second half.
- It was a short respite though as the River Hawks took their first lead as they extended it to a 29-6 run. Rolling gave UML the lead at the 4:25 mark of the third quarter with a driving layup that fell home off the rim and then drilled a three to make it 38-33.
- The Bulldogs trailed 40-35 after making just 3-of-14 from the field and committing eight turnovers in the third quarter.
- UML continued its torrid stretch from the floor, extending its run to 37-8 with six-straight points to open the fourth quarter.
- The River Hawks would go on to hold the Bulldogs scoreless in the final quarter to earn the victory.
- Bryant finished the game 12-of-51 from the field and committed 34 turnovers.
- UMass Lowell finished the game 22-of-62.
- Perkins led Bryant with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
- Holloway finished with seven points and seven rebounds.
- Gallagher posted six points, four rebounds and four assists.
- Idom, Rolling and Solis all finished in double-figures for UML.
- Bryant is now 14-10 all-time against UMass Lowell. The Bulldogs are 4-2 in the DI series.
- Holloway became Bryant's DI leader in career points on Monday. She now has 1,401 points surpassing the previous record of 1,395.
- After making just one three pointer over the first three games of the year, Perkins now has 14 threes (14-30) over her last four games.
The Bulldogs continue their four-game homestand on Saturday when they host Providence College in the first round of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament. Tip is set for 12:00 p.m.