NORTHEASTERN SQUEAKS BY RETRIEVER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, 58-52

– The UMBC Retrievers women's basketball team (6-7, 1-3 AE) lost to the Northeastern Huskies (7-6, 2-2 AE) in America East women's basketball action by a final of 58-52 at UMBC RAC Arena. The game featured 12 lead changes and nine ties as the Huskies captured the 12th lead change on free throw by Stefanie Hodell to break a 46-46 tie and put the Huskies up for good. 

UMBC, after allowing the Huskies to get out to a six-point advantage at 54-48 on a Maralene Zwarich three-point basket at the 4:05 mark, worked the score back to a three-point deficit as Matea Pender with 50 seconds left on the clock worked her way down low and hit a jumper for a 55-52 deficit.

Zwarich, however, with the shot clock winding down, drove towards the free throw line and hit a pull up jumper with 13 seconds on the clock to make it a two possession game, 57-52.

Anastasia Goncharova, on the ensuing possession, fell short on her three-point opportunity for the Retrievers and a free throw by Zwarich sealed the win for the Huskies.

In the first half each team had significant runs but the score wound up tied at 25-25 going into the break.

Northeastern finished with a 40-to-26 rebound advantage, including 17 offensive boards and outscored UMBC 22-to-8 in second chance points.

Zwarich finished with a game-high 23 points and Michelle Decerbo recorded a double-double at 14 points and 11 rebounds.

UMBC was led by Pender with her sixth 20-point performance of the year as she finished with 20 points and six rebounds. Brittnie Hughes finished with 10 points and five assists and Sharri Rohde ended with nine points and four rebounds.

The Retrievers travel to the University at Albany in their next outing at 7:00 on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Game notes: Northeastern now leads the all-time series 3-1 and has won the last two over UMBC…the Retrievers are still a win away from their 200th career division-I win in their 19-years of D-I…Matea Pender finished with her sixth 20-point performance of the year…the game marked the second time this season UMBC has not won when Pender scores 20-points or more…Brittnie Hughes for the second-straight game finished in double-digits with 10 points…Sharri Rohde earned two early fouls and picked up her third before halftime as she took a seat on the bench for the first time in the last three-games…Rohde played all 40-minutes the previous three contests, all conference games…Anastasia Goncharova went to the free throw line for the first time this season, she made both attempts…Goncharova's two points were UMBC's only bench points at out of 52 points scored while the Huskies only received three bench points out of 58 points scored…the game was tied 25-25 at halftime, the second time this year the score as been locked up in a tie at the break for UMBC.