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UMBC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AVENGES EARLIER SEASON LOSS TO ALBANY WITH 69-53 VICTORY AT HOME
Freshman Amanda Robinson tallied 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in UMBC's 69-53 win.
Sharri Rohde has double-digits in three straight games and is now 32-for-33 at the foul line in conference play for 97.0 percent.
Matea Pender got hot in the second half draining 4-of-4 from outside the arc en route to 18 points.
Heather Luttrell has eight or nine rebounds in the last three games and led UMBC with five assists against Albany.
Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC women’s basketball team earned their first ever win against the University at Albany (11-12, 6-8 AE) by a final of 69-53 at UMBC RAC Arena on Saturday night. The Retrievers (8-15, 3-11 AE) avenged a 52-46 loss to the Great Danes earlier this season with the win and snap a seven-game skid as four Retrievers scored in double-digits including a game-high 18 points from Matea Pender and 13 off the bench from Amanda Robinson.
The Retrievers got off to a slow start trailing 9-3 at the 12:32 mark and opened the game 1-of-8 from the field. Robinson came in off the bench adding an immediate spark to the Retrievers’ line-up hitting a basket off an assist from fellow freshman Kristin Drabyn to pull UMBC within one at 9-8. After the game was tied at 12-12, Robinson hit the go ahead basket at the 7:46 mark to give the Retrievers the lead for good as UMBC built a 26-21 lead going into the break.
Robinson in the first half was 4-of-5 from the field with already career-highs of eight points and five rebounds. Robinson, a 6’2” center who was going up against the league’s top rebounding club down in the paint, finished the game at 6-of-9 from the field, including stepping behind the arc and draining a trey, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 20 minutes of action.
Out of the half UMBC started to increase their advantage as Matea Pender took over on the offensive end going 5-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from three-point range in the second stanza as the Retrievers started the second half on a 12-6 run to open up a double-digit lead.
UMBC’s cushion never dipped below the double-digit mark the remaining 12 minutes of the game as four Retrievers went on to score double-digits. Sharri Rohde came close to a double-double with nine rebounds and 12 points and Brittnie Hughes scored 12 points for UMBC to go with Pender’s 18 and Robinson’s 13. Heather Luttrell grabbed nine rebounds and has eight or nine rebounds in each of the last three games. Luttrell also led the team with five assists as UMBC dished out 22 on the game.
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