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UMBC, Logan finish on losing note, fall to Monmouth in quarterfinals; Senior center can't halt Hawks' rally in 69-67 loss


NEW YORK -- Surreal was not the way that UMBC senior center Monica Logan wanted to end her career, but despite her 18 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, that's the way it ended. The Retrievers were outscored 10-1 over the final 4: 30 to lose 69-67 to Monmouth in a Northeast Conference quarterfinal at Wagner College's Spiro Center on Staten Island.

"This is very tough for me because all four years, we've lost in the first round in the tournament," Logan said. "This hurts about the most because the other three years, no one expected us to do anything and we proved it. This year, we had something to prove and I thought we had this game."

Shaliek Wright's 15-foot jumper with 1: 15 left capped the run, during which the Retrievers missed seven foul shots over the last four minutes in the final game for Logan and Kathy Doyle.

UMBC had one final chance to tie the game, getting the ball with 33 seconds remaining, but Kim Brown's jump shot fell short.

The Hawks, who were led by Audrey Taylor's 20 points, will play tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Mount St. Mary's, which beat Central Connecticut State, 80-72, and swept Monmouth during the regular season. The Retrievers went up at halftime, 41-33, thanks to shooting that was more accurate than usual. Led by Logan, Jami Lange and Kim Brown, UMBC shot 57 percent in the first half.

Lange, who finished with 18 points, hit a pair of three pointers the help the Retrievers mount a 13-5 run and take a 21-13 lead with 9: 00 left in the first half. Baskets by Amanda Rosato and Audrey Taylor brought the Hawks back, and a Taylor three-pointer at the 4: 37 mark gave them the lead at 27-26.

From there however, UMBC made six out of seven shots -- including two three-pointers by Brown -- to take the eight-point lead on a Sheila Johnson basket two seconds before the half.

Monmouth started the second half by shutting the Retrievers down for a long stretch. As UMBC made only one field goal over a period of nearly six minutes, the Hawks went on a 13-3 run, taking the lead at 46-45 on a basket by Taylor with 13: 26 remaining.

After the Retrievers built the lead to seven with 4: 51 left on a Logan basket, Monmouth began its winning run, outscoring the Retrievers 10-1 to advance to the semifinals.

UMBC -- Laasen 0-2 0-0 0, Doyle 1-1 0-4 3, Logan 7-10 4-6 18, McDevitt 0-1 0-0 0, Lange 6-12 2-6 18, Brown 5-11 1-2 15, Bada 1-2 0-0 2, Johnson 4-13 3-5 11, Hampton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-52 10-23 67.

MONMOUTH -- Kostohryz 2-5 0-0 4, Wright 6-10 2-4 15, Gartner 3-5 0-0 6, Rosato 6-14 0-0 17, Taylor 8-17 2-2 20, Houck 0-1 0-0 0, Janda 0-0 0-0 0, Cappadona 2-2 3-4 7. Totals 27-54 7-10 69.

Halftime--UMBC, 41-33. 3-point goals--UMBC 9-18 (Brown 4-7, Lange 4-9, Doyle 1-1, McDevitt 0-1); M 8-18 (Rosato 5-12, Taylor 2-3, Wright 1-2, Kostohryz 0-1). Rebounds--UMBC 31 (Logan 10); M 31 (Kostohryz, Wright 8). Assists--UMBC 16 (Lange 6); M 14 (Taylor 4). Total fouls--UMBC 12, M 17. A--613.

Pub Date: 2/28/99

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