Baltimore, Md. – UMBC (8-17, 3-13 AE) lost to the University of Hartford (17-8, 11-5 AE) in America East Women's Basketball action by a final decision of 59-43 at UMBC RAC Arena on Saturday afternoon. UMBC's Sharri Rohde tallied a game-high 15 as she increased her double-digit scoring streak five-consecutive games and six out of the last seven.
Rohde finished as the only player in the game with double-digits as the Hawks produced a well balanced attack, finishing with seven players with six or more points, including Danielle Hood and Liz Stich leading the way with nine points each off the bench. Hartford's bench outscored UMBC, 22-13.
UMBC stayed close with the Hawks in the first half, never allowing Hartford to go up by more than four points after breaking a 10-10 tie. Hartford, with a free throw by Danielle Matulis, took an 11-10 lead at the 10:24 mark in the first half and never relinquished that lead in the game. Hartford took a 21-18 lead into halftime.
Out of the break Hartford built a strong lead with a 15-6 run to go ahead 36-24 with 14:19 on the clock as Danielle Wexler dropped a three-point basket. UMBC would half the deficit as Rohde scored all six points, tallying a free throw, running jumper of the glass and draining a three-point basket from the wing as UMBC trailed 36-30 with 10:51 to play.
Hartford responded with nine points in a row to go ahead 45-30 as UMBC never broke the double digit barrier the rest of the way.
Rohde's 15 points came with two assists, two blocks, one steal and three rebounds in 40 minutes of action. Matea Pender scored nine points with five rebounds. All nine of Pender's points came from the charity stripe as she was a perfect 9-for-9.
Hartford in the second half shot 52.0 percent making 13-of-25 and went 10-of-12 at the free throw line. Hartford finished at 44.9 percent from the field, 22-of-49 and out rebounded UMBC, 37-26. UMBC shot 29.8 percent in the game, 14-of-47.
Prior to the start of the game, UMBC honored seniors Tyecia Powell and Anastasia Goncharova in their final home games of their collegiate careers. UMBC returns to action at New Hampshire on Thursday, Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. and at Maine on Saturday, Mar. 5 at 7:30 p.m. to wrap-up the regular season.