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Womenís Basketball Falls at Maine, 79-72
Sharri Rohde led the Retrievers with 19 points and added eight rebounds and six assists at Maine.
The Black Bears scored the first eight points of the game and jumped out to a 15-2 lead at the 12:44 mark. The Retrievers missed their first five shots and could not sustain a rally in the first half and never got closer than 11 points.
UMBC shot 38.5 percent in the opening stanza and were 0-for-6 from three-point range. The Black Bears shot at a 50 percent clip in the first half, including 41.7 percent (5-for-12) from long distance.
A three-pointer by junior guard Morgan Hatten sparked a 15-5 Retriever run late in the second half cut the deficit to six points, 64-58, with three minutes to play, before Maineís Abby Greene drilled a triple at the 2:49 mark.
Junior guard Kristin Drabyn answered with a three-pointer of her own 30 seconds later, but four straight points by the Black Bears made it a 10-point game with 55 seconds left.
Freshman guard Carlee Cassidy drilled two treys in the next 20 seconds, and Drabyn added another to pull to within five points, 77-72, with 10 seconds remaining, the closest the game had been since it was 5-0.
But the Black Bears made 10 straight free throws in the final minute, thwarting UMBCís comeback attempt and sealing the 79-72 victory.
Rohde led the Retrievers with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Drabyn scored 14 points and senior point guard Brittnie Hughes added 10 points and six dishes.
Barker and Underwood led the Black Bears with 24 and 23 points, respectively, while Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa added 11. Underwood also pulled down seven rebounds and dished out six helpers.
The Retrievers shot 48.5 percent in the second half and 44.1 percent in the game. UMBC made six three-pointers in the second period, as well.
Both teams were outstanding from the free throw line, as UMBC made 14 of 16 (87.5 percent) and
The Black Bears held a slight edge in rebounds, 32-31.
UMBC has a week off before returning to action on Saturday, March 3, hosting