Durham, N.H. – The UMBC Retrievers (8-18, 3-14) rallied from a 16-point deficit to take the lead in the second half but fell short to New Hampshire (14-12, 10-7 AE) by a final score of 56-51 in America East Women's Basketball action on Thursday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Retrievers received a career-high 20-point effort off the bench from Amanda Robinson as the Retriever bench tallied 33 of UMBC's 51 points.
New Hampshire jumped out on top with a 9-0 run and went scorching into the half 27-18 behind 50.0 percent shooting in the opening stanza on 10-of-20 baskets.
In the second half the Wildcats increased their advantage with another 9-0 run and led 36-18 with 17:28 remaining in the second half. UMBC, behind Robinson, Courtney Doughman and Anastasia Goncharova off the bench, went on a 15-0 run as Robinson tallied the Retrievers first basket of the second half wit a jumper from Sharri Rohde and Goncharova drained a trey to cap UMBC's run at the 13:24 mark to pull the Retrievers to a 34-33 deficit.
The Retrievers went on to take their first lead of the game at the 8:46 mark with a basket by Robinson giving UMBC a 40-39 lead.
The Wildcats answered with their first field of the second half since the 18 minute mark at 6:19 with a trey by Ebony Woods to give the Wildcats the lead back at 42-40. Woods behind four straight free throws converted would push the Wildcats lead temporarily to six points at 46-40.
UMBC closed the gap to one on two occasions in the final two minutes of the game and had multiple chances to tie or take the lead in the remaining seconds. Down by two, Rohde popped an open trey from the top of the key and down by three Heather Luttrell opened up with seven seconds remaining on the wing only to fall short on her three-point attempt as well.
For the game Robinson scored 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 at the charity stripe. Robinson added five rebounds, one block and one steal in the game. Rohde tallied a career-high nine assists to go with six rebounds, four points and a block and steal in 40 minutes of action. Goancharova finished with seven points and Doughman tallied six points off the bench. UMBC shot 36.8 percent on 21-of-57 shooting from the field.
Whitney Edwards tallied 13 points and nine rebounds and Woods finished with 12 points to lead the Wildcats. UNH shot 15.4 percent in the second half on 4-of-26 shooting and 30.4 percent for the game, 14-of-46. The Wildcats made it to the charity stripe 24 times making 21 compared to just four attempts for UMBC. The Retrievers converted three of those.
The Retrievers conclude the regular season at Maine on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.