Easton, PA--Junior Matea Pender scored 22 points as the UMBC women's basketball team (4-2) matched its win total from a year ago with a convincing 73-57 win over host Lafayette (2-4).
Pender hit 7 of 12 shots from the floor and 6 of 8 from behind the arc. The Retrievers blazed the nets at a 60% clip, hitting 30 of 50 shots, including 11 of 19 (57.9%) from behind the arc. UMBC had 23 assists on their 30 field goals, setting season highs in field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and assists.
Trailing 10-9, the Retrievers went on a 13-1 run, keyed by pair of three-pointers by Sharri Rohde. UMBC led, 22-11 at that juncture, and built the advantage to 41-26 at intermission. They kept up the pressure early in the second half, moving the lead up to 29 points at 62-33 with 12:58 to play.
Game Notes: The game marked the first meeting ever between UMBC and Lafayette as the Retrievers now hold a 1-0 series lead with their 73-57 victory…the win game UMBC their fourth win of the season, matching last year's season total… UMBC recorded team season-high 60.0 percent shooting from the field and tied their season-high mark of 30 field goals made and 11 three-point baskets made set earlier this year at Morgan State…UMBC also recorded a season-high 23 assists out of their 30 field goals made…Erin Voss and Heather Luttrell each recorded career-highs in assists with six and five respectively…the Retrievers fluttered with setting new career-highs in shooting percentage as with 12:28 remaining on the clock UMBC was 25-of-36 for 69.4 percent and with 7:33 was 27-of-40 for 67.4 percent from the field…the Retrievers' single-game record for shooting percentage is 67.4 percent (31-of-46) set last year at Northeastern…for the first time since UMBC was in the Northeast Conference Championships game Coach Stern did not start a freshman…Matea Pender, Heather Luttrell, Sharri Rohde, Brittnie Hughes and Erin Voss (two juniors, three sophomores) received the starting nod….UMBC had started at least one freshman in 33 consecutive games…UMBC is 4-0 this year when making at least six three-point baskets in a game…the Retrievers recorded six in the first half and 11 for the game against Lafayette…Matea Pender had six treys on her own, going 6-for-8 from behind the arc with four in the second half as she scored 22 points…her six made three-point baskets is a career-high…Pender has five consecutive double-digit performances and has three 20-plus point performances this season…Sharri Rohde, 12 points, continue to up her scoring as of late, hitting her first three-point basket of the year and went 2-for-3 from outside the arc…Rohde is averaging 9.0 ppg and shooting 61.5 percent from the field over the last two games…UMBC has not trailed after the first stanza in any game to date this season, leading in five of those games and being tied with Navy (27-27) at the break…all 12 eligible Retrievers logged minutes in the game.