Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC women's basketball team (6-6, 2-1 America East Conference) defeated Boston University (6-6, 2-1 America East Conference) by a final of 59-51 at UMBC RAC Arena on Wednesday night, breaking a four-game slide by the Retrievers. Brittnie Hughes (Roanoke, Va./Northside) turned in a career-high 16 points as UMBC shot 44.7 percent from the field, making 17-of-38 attempts.
The Retrievers turned momentum in their favor late in the first half, finishing the opening stanza with a 10-0 run after trailing 28-24 with 4.57 remaining in the period. Matea Pender (Sibenik, Croatia/The Croatian National Team), who leads the nation in three-point field goal percentage heading into the week (62.5 percent), started the Retrievers run with one of her two three-pointers in the game. Hughes scored team-high 11 first-half points with a basket on the Retrievers next possession gave UMBC the lead at 29-28 as UMBC never trailed again in the game. A three-point basket by Heather Luttrell (Kokomo, Ind./Northwestern) and two free throws by Erin Voss (Brookfield, Wix./Puis XI) pushed UMBC lead up to a 34-28 halftime advantage.
The Retrievers kept the pressure on in the opening stages of the second half, extending their halftime lead to 14 points at the 9:54 mark as Sharri Rohde (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central), following a blocked shot at the top of the arc, raced down the floor to convert a fast break lay-up.
Boston University made a final push at the Retrievers down the stretch, closing UMBC's lead to within six on three occasions under two minutes remaining, but 7-of-8 shooting a the charity stripe in the remaining two minutes sealed the win for UMBC.
In addition to Hughes' 16 points, Pender recorded UMBC's first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, since Shalayna Johnson (1999-2003) scored 37 points and 10 rebounds against Quinnipiac on Mar. 1, 2003. Rohde scored 10 points and finished with career-highs of seven assists and four blocks in the game while playing all 40 minutes for the third consecutive game this season.
The Terriers were led by 15 points from Rachael Vanderwal and eight off the bench from Becky Bonner.
UMBC returns to action when they host Northeastern on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Game Notes: UMBC's 59-51 win over Boston U. marks UMBC's first home conference opening win since their final year in the Big South Conference, a span of six seasons…UMBC that year defeated UNC Ashville, 62-54…the Retrievers broke a three-game win streak by the Terriers over UMBC with the Retrievers earning their first ever win against Boston U…Sharri Rohde finished with career-highs of seven assists and four blocks, all four blocks came in the second-half…Rohde has 10 blocks in the last five games…Matea Pender recorded UMBC's first double-double since Shalayna Johnson (1999-2003) scored 37 points and 10 rebounds against Quinnipiac on Mar. 1, 2003…Brittnie Hughes finished with a career-high 16 points…Rohde played all 40 minutes for the third consecutive game.