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UMBC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SQUANDERS 17-POINT LEAD IN 72-66 LOSS TO BUTLER
Amanda Robinson tallied 19 points on Thursday night.
UMBC missed its first eight shots of the game, falling behind 7-0 until Matea Pender drained a trey at the 15:21 mark, sparking a 17-4 run by UMBC. The Retrievers built a 16-point lead at one point in the half and went into the break leading 42-30.
The Retrievers were 17-of-30 from the field in the first half, shooting 56.7 percent as Pender scored 12 points and Brittnie Hughes tallied 10 points. UMBC dished out 16 assists in the opening stanza and after missing its first eight shots of the half, the Retrievers went 17-for-22 for a 77.3 field goal percentage over the final 15-plus minutes of the half.
In the second half Amanda Robinson scored the Retrievers first five points as UMBC built a 17-point lead, 47-30, with 18:28 remaining on the clock. The Bulldogs, however, began to charge back, going on an 8-0 run rescind the Retriever lead back to single digits at 47-38.
The Retriever finished with a 42.9 field goal percentage with Robinson scoring 19 points. Pender finished with 13 points, all in the first half, while Hughes score 12 points and Kristin Drabyn tallied 10 off the bench. UMBC handed out 22 assists in the game, led by seven from Erin Voss.
UMBC returns to action on December 30 with a 7:30 p.m. game at Navy.