- The UMBC Women's Basketball team (3-2) lost to Radford (1-4), 47-42 on Tuesday night at UMBC RAC Arena as the Highlanders snapped UMBC's three-game win streak. Matea Pender (Sibenik, Croatia/The Croatian National Team) led UMBC with 15 points and eight rebounds, scoring double-digits for the fourth game in a row in the losing effort.
UMBC fell into trouble from the start as Radford went 7-of-9 to open the game and 3-of-4 from three-point range compared to UMBC's 2-for-9, 1-for-4 beginning as the Highlanders took a 17-7 lead with 12:43 left in the first half, all seven of those points for UMBC coming from Pender.
Erin Voss (Brookfield, Wis./Pius XI), who scored her first points of the season and finished with four in the game, made a nice move in the post for a lay-up to break the Retrievers' six-minute scoring drought.
Sarah Stephens converted a lay-up at the 10:17 mark to send the Highlanders lead to double-digits again at 19-9 before UMBC would end the first half with a 14-0 run, holding Radford scoreless for the final 10-plus minutes in the half and take a 23-19 lead at the break.
In the second half UMBC shot 7-of-22 from the field (31.8 percent) as Radford worked up an 11-point lead, 44-33, by the 6:05 mark, give UMBC their biggest deficit to date this season.
Following a Sharri Rohde lay-up, Pender scored UMBC's final seven points and pulled UMBC within three, 45-42, with a trey at the 1:52 mark. The Retrievers, however, turned the ball over on three of their final four possessions and Brittnie Hughes (Roanoke, Va./Northside) rimmed out a three-pointer to tie the game with 24 seconds remaining allowing the Highlanders to seal the win with two free throws by Serena White.
Leading the Highlanders was Taryn Causey with 17 points, seven assists and five steals and White with 13 points and six rebounds.
The Retrievers return to action on Thursday, Dec. 9 at Lafayette before returning home to face American on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
Game Notes: UMBC went on a 16-2 run and held Radford scoreless the final 10:17 of the first half to take a 23-19 lead at halftime…UMBC has led in four games and been tied once at halftime this season…Matea Pender scored 15 points for her fourth straight double-digit performance…she has led UMBC in scoring in three contests this year…UMBC finished with 11 assists despite entering the game averaging 20.82 per game, tops in the America East Conference…Kristin Drabyn, who entered the game averaging 9.8 ppg was held scoreless…Pender tallied a career-high two blocks and UMBC finished with three in the game…the Retrievers shot a season-low 34.8 percent from the field…UMBC entered the game shooting over 40.0 percent in every contest…in UMBC wins this year they have hit at least six treys, they finished with five against Radford…UMBC has lost seven consecutive meetings to their former Big South foe as the Retrievers last win against Radford came during the 1995-96 season…Radford snapped UMBC's three game win streak, their longest since winning three in a row in their final year in the Northeast Conference (2002-03)…UMBC entered the game with a chance to tie their best start, 4-1 in 1989-90, in their Division-I era (UMBC became D-I prior to the 1986-87 season).