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UMBC WOMENíS BASKETBALL UNABLE TO HOLD 11-POINT LEAD, FALL TO NEW HAMPSHIRE 68-61 IN AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE OPENER
Sharri Rohde was 6-for-8 from the field with 13 points on Wednesday.
Durham, N.H. Ė The UMBC womenís basketball team (8-4, 0-1 AE) held an 11-point lead with 9:33 to play in the second half but was overcome down the stretch, falling to New Hampshire (9-3, 1-0 AE) 68-61 in both schools America East Conference opener on Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. UMBC was led by Matea Pender with a team-high 20 points.
UMBC trailed 30-26 until Brittnie Hughes with 11 seconds remaining in the first half drained a three-point basket, pulling UMBC within one at 30-29 heading into the break. The first half featured 10 lead changes and five ties with neither team holding more than a five point lead.
In the second half New Hampshire was held with out a field goal until the 12:45 mark, making their way with seven points at the free throw line in the first seven minutes of the half.
UMBC took advantage of the scoring drought as Pender drained a trey with 15:49 on the clock, giving UMBC a 38-37 lead. The Retrievers turned Penderís three into a 9-0 run with Pender scoring seven of the nine points.
UMBC led 44-37 until Ebony Woods broke the Wildcats scoring drought, knocking down a three-point basket to close the UMBC gap to 44-40. UMBC responded with seven consecutive points to take its largest lead of the game at 51-40 with 9:33 on the clock.
Danielle Clark and Ray Williams started the Wildcats rally, combining for 11 of the Wildcats next 16 points, culminating in a Williamsí free throw to tie the game at 56-56 with 5:01 on the clock.
UMBC regained the lead as Pender drained a free throw only to see Clark knock down a trey from the base line giving
Pender shot 7-of-14 from the field and was perfect from outside the arc, going 3-for-3 for 20 points on the night. It was Penderís second consecutive 20-point performance and sixth straight game in double figures. Sharri Rohde went 6-for-8 from the field with 13 points and Amanda Robinson finished with 10 points. Pender led UMBC with seven rebounds while Hughes dished out a team-high six assists.