– The UMBC Women's Basketball team (7-15, 2-11 AE) lost their second consecutive three-point decision as the Binghamton Bearcats (7-15, 6-7 AE) defeated UMBC 57-54 in America East Women's Basketball action on Wednesday night in UMBC RAC Arena. The Retrievers were going for their first conference season sweep after defeating Binghamton earlier this season 50-46.
The Retrievers jumped out ahead in the first half, taking a 30-27 lead into the break as Brittnie Hughes tallied nine points and Anastasia Goncharova came off the bench to add eight points in the first 20 minutes. UMBC shot 13-of-26 for 50.0 percent in the first half while the Bearcats kept pace shooting 12-of-22 for 54.5 percent in the first stanza.
In the second half Binghamton came out and grabbed the lead with a 4-0 run and held a 33-32 advantage with 15:02 to play in the second half when Courtney Doughman in a span of 30 seconds came off the Retriever bench to add instant offense for UMBC, knocking down back-to-back three-point baskets and giving UMBC a 38-33 advantage with 14:16 to play.
Heather Luttrell increased UMBC's lead to six after pulling down an offensive rebound on a missed free throw and going back up for two points as the Retrievers led 43-37.
The Bearcats than went on a 12-0 run to take their own six point lead as they never trail again.
UMBC closed the gap to two on a couple of occasions and behind a Matea Pender jumper with 15 seconds left returned gap to three at 57-54. Erin Voss tied up Jen Blues on the Bearcats inbound play giving UMBC one last change with seven seconds remaining.
Binghamton, however, disallowed UMBC to get off a shot taking the three-point victory.
Jen Haubrich and Nicole Lobach each finished with 13 points for game highs as the Bearcats shot 11-of-22 in the second half and 23-of-44 in the game for 52.3 percent.
UMBC's Sharri Rohde finished with 12 points, going 8-of-8 from the free throw line as she is 30-of-31 at the line in conference play for 96.8 percent. Rohde added four assists and Hughes tallied 11 points in the game.
The top scorers on the season for both teams heading into the game were kept in check as Rachel Laws finished with eight points and Matea Pender was held to five.
UMBC falls for the seventh straight game and dropped their second consecutive three-point decision after falling to Northeastern 58-55 last Saturday, while Binghamton snaps a four game losing streak.
The Retrievers return to action against Albany on Saturday night at UMBC RAC Arena with tip-off at 7 p.m.