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Retrievers Complete 19-Point Comeback for 59-51 Victory over New Hampshire
Stacy Hunt was a key contributor in the first half, scoring sevent points with two clutch three-pointers.
Baltimore-Down by 19 points midway through the first half, the UMBC womenís basketball team (12-14, 5-8 America East) rallied for a come-from-behind 59-51 victory over America East rival New Hampshire (8-16, 3-9 America East) in front of a rowdy crowd of 842 fans Saturday afternoon at RAC Arena.
The Wildcats scored the first 14 points of the game before UMBC senior forward Heather Luttrell drilled a three-pointer as the shot clock wound down at the 15:13 mark to put the Retrievers on the board.
Down by 16, the Retrievers drilled three straight three-pointers to cut the deficit to single digits, 29-20 with 2:59 to play. Sophomore guard Stacy Hunt, Luttrell and junior guard Kristin Drabyn all getting in on the action.
The Retrievers had the momentum going into halftime, as a 21-8 run to end the half pulled them to within six points, 31-25. UMBC recovered to shoot 40.9 percent in the period and were led by Luttrell and Hunt, who scored eight and seven points, respectively. The Retrievers also made six of 14 three-point attempts in the first half, with two apiece by Hunt, Luttrell and Drabyn.
The Wildcats shot 43.5 percent in the opening stanza and were led by Clark (14 points) and Simpson (10 points), who combined for 77 percent of
UMBC scored 10 straight points to open the second half, scoring on the teamís first four possessions, and junior guard Morgan Hattenís three-pointer at 18:14 put the Retrievers on top for good. The Wildcats turned the ball over four times before scoring their first basket of the second half, a triple by Simpson at the 16:50 mark.
A jumper by junior forward Amanda Robinson gave UMBC a game-high eight-point advantage, 54-46, with 3:51 left, but four UNH free throws cut the lead in half with two minutes to play.
However, the Wildcats missed four of five free throws down the stretch, and a Sharri Rohde lay-up with 10 seconds remaining sealed the victory for UMBC, which made three of four foul shots in the final seconds.
Robinson led the Retrievers with 14 points and five rebounds, while Drabyn scored 11 on three trifectas and Rohde added 10 points, four assists and four steals. Luttrell tied a season-high with eight points, while Hunt scored a career-high seven. Hatten added five points and seven assists.
UMBC shot 51.9 percent (14-27) in the second half and 46.9 percent in the game. The Retrievers recorded 21 assists on 23 total field goals.
The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 20, when they take on