– The UMBC Women's Basketball team (5-3, 0-0 America East) suffered a 67-53 setback to Drexel (4-2, 0-0 Colonial Athletic Conference) on Saturday evening at UMBC RAC Arena. The Dragons broke a two-game win streak by the Retrievers and held UMBC to 15.8 percent from three-point range, 3-of-19, as UMBC came into the game ranked 18th in the nation at 40.4 percent shooting from outside the arc.
Drexel took advantage of UMBC's shooting woes in the first stanza, going on a 20-8 run through the middle 10-minutes of the first half to grab their first double-digit lead of the game at 25-14 at the 5:15 mark. Drexel's Katrina Martin scored 11 of the Dragons 20 points during that stretch as she finished with 19-first half points to lead Drexel to a 33-20 lead at the break.
Drexel's Catherine Scanlon tallied nine-second half points to go with her nine first half points as the Dragons built a 24-point lead in the second half en route to the 67-53 victory. Martin finished with 23 points, leading all scorers.
For the first time this season UMBC failed to place a player in double-digits as Morgan Hatten and Brittnie Hughes each scored nine points to lead the Retrievers. America East leading scorer Matea Pender, who entered the game with 18.1 ppg, went 0-for-5 from the field and finished scoreless. She played 13 minutes in the game.
UMBC shot 36.8 percent from the floor at 21-of-57 and 3-of-19 from three-point range. Drexel hit 21-of-46 shots from the field for a 45.7 field goal percentage. Drexel also went 21-of-24 from the free throw line for 87.5 percent. UMBC made it to the charity stripe just 10 times, shooting 80.0 percent with eight free throws connected on.
UMBC returns to action with their final tune-up before the America East Conference season begins on Dec. 28 at 7:00 p.m. against cross-town rival Towson.
Game notes: Drexel broke UMBC's three-straight wins over the dragons as Drexel's last win against UMBC before tonight came on Jan. 31, 1991…Drexel now leads the all-time series 4-3…the Retrievers entered the game allowing only three 30-point halves out of 14 before Drexel dropped 33 first half points and 34 second half points…UMBC's 33-20 deficit was their largest to date this season at halftime…UMBC was either tied or led at half the first six games of the season but have trailed the last two...Matea Pender, who entered the game ranking on four national scoring charts, went 0-for-5 from the floor and 0-for-1 from outside the arc…Pender's streak of consecutive double-digits performances ended at six…the Retrievers shot 15.8 percent from three-point range, 3-of-19, as UMBC came into the game ranked 18th in the nation at 40.4 percent shooting from outside the arc…UMBC failed to place a single-player in double-digits for the first time this season as Brittnie Hughes and Morgan Hatten each finished with nine points to lead UMBC.