Boston, MA--The UMBC women's basketball rallied from a 20-point first half deficit to tie host Boston University late in the game, but the Terriers prevailed, 61-54 in an America East contest.
UMBC lost its fifth straight and fell to 7-13 overall, 2-9 in league play, while the Terriers improved to 10-10, 5-6.
The hosts built a 27-7 lead early in the game and led 30-12 at intermission as UMBC hit just 21 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes. But UMBC junior guard Matea Pender led a furious rally and capped herself with a three-pointer which tied the game at 53-all with 1:53 remaining. But Boston's Becky Bonner hit a field goal to regain the lead for her squad with 1:12 to play, and Retriever guard Brittnie Hughes had a shot blocked on the next possession. The hosts hit four free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the win.
Pender scored 23 of her game high 24 points in the second half, hitting 7 of 18 shots from the floor, 4 of 10 from behind the arc, and 6 of 9 from the charity stripe. She posted her third "double-double" of the year with 12 caroms. Junior post Erin Voss scored a career best 15 points and added 6 rebounds.
UMBC hit over 50 percent from the floor in the second half and were at 37 percent for the game. The Terriers hit 40.7% for the contest.