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UMBC WOMENíS BASKETBALL EDGED BY DREXEL, 65-58
Amanda Robinson scored a season-high 18 points against Drexel.
The score was tied, 13-13, about midway through the first half before Drexelís Kira Karlstrom hit a three-pointer with 8:22 left, and the Dragons never looked back, going on a 15-3 run over the next four minutes to jump out to a 28-16 lead before taking a 38-26 advantage into halftime.
Drexel shot 62.5 percent in the first half and sunk seven three-pointers. The Retrievers were 4-for-7 from three-point range in the first period and shot 37 percent from the floor.
Despite a 12-point deficit, UMBC started the second half on a 9-2 run and eventually got within four points of the Dragons at 45-41 with just under 14 minutes remaining in the game, but Drexelís Narissa Suber sank a three-pointer to put the Dragons up by seven. The Retrievers again got to within four points at 54-50 with just under seven minutes left, but another Dragon three, this one by Nicole Hester, gave Drexel another seven-point lead.
Down by seven, Pender attempted a desperation three-pointer with eight seconds remaining, but the shot was off. Before the missed basket, Pender had been 5-for-5 from three-point range on the day. She and Sharri Rhode, who scored 10 points in the game, each grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
UMBCís bench, which had been averaging 16.5 points per game, managed only two points against Drexel and was outscored, 22-2. The Retrieversí two bench points came from free throws by Mackenzie Butler.
The Dragons were led by 16 points from Hester and 14 from Catherine Scanlon.
In the middle of a five-game road trip, the Retrievers next travel to Indiana to take on IPFW and