Baltimore-Junior forward Amanda Robinson's jumper with 2.1 seconds left in regulation gave the UMBC women's basketball team (1-2) its first victory of the season, a thrilling 58-56 win over local rival Loyola (1-2) at RAC Arena in front of 450 fans.
Down by two at 56-54, senior forward Heather Luttrell was fouled and made both free throws to tie the score with 58 seconds on the clock. The Greyhounds drove to their end of the court, but guard Ebony Toliver missed a three-point attempt as the shot clock wound down, and the ball went out of bounds to the Retrievers.
After a UMBC time out, the Retrievers had the ball with 26 seconds to go, and sophomore center Mackenzie Butler fed Robinson for the game-winning jumper with 2.1 seconds on the clock. The Greyhounds could not get a shot off as time expired, as Luttrell deflected the pass.
Senior point guard Brittnie Hughes tallied a career-high 21 points while shooting 7-for-13 from the floor, including a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range, and was named the Marlowe Sports America East Player of the Game.
The score was back-and-forth all game, as neither team led by more than four at any point throughout the contest. Hughes scored eight points in the first three minutes and had 14 at the half. Senior forward Sharri Rohde scored all 16 of her points in the first period, as well, as the duo combined for 30 of UMBC's 34 first-half points. Loyola took a 35-34 lead into the intermission.
Both teams saw their shooting go cold in the second half, as the Retrievers shot just 31.6 percent, while the Greyhounds connected on just 25 percent of their shots. Loyola led 46-45 with 12:27 to play, and neither team scored until junior guard Morgan Hatten hit a three-pointer at the 10:26 mark to put UMBC back on top, 48-46.
The Retrievers were again held scoreless for the next four-and-a-half minutes, but the Greyhounds could not take advantage, scoring only on three free throws to take a 49-48 lead. After UMBC tied the score at 49-49 at the 5:38 mark, the teams traded field goals for three possessions.
A free throw by Jill Glessner with 3:05 to play gave Loyola a 54-51 lead, but Hughes tied the score with a three-pointer 25 seconds later. Greyhound guard Brittany Dunn was fouled and hit both her free throws for the 56-54 advantage.
After several missed chances by UMBC, Loyola guard Jill Glessner fouled Luttrell and set up the final 58 seconds of play that saw the Retrievers win the game, 59-58.
There were 14 ties and 19 lead changes in the game, including 10 ties and nine lead changes in the second half.
Center Vanessa Ruffin led the Greyhounds with 11 points, while Glessner added 10 and posted a game-high seven rebounds. Rohde tallied six rebounds to lead the Retrievers on the boards. Butler had a career-high six assists, including the dish on the game-winning field goal.
Loyola out-rebounded UMBC, 35-31. Both teams shot under 40 percent for the game, with the Retrievers at 37.8 percent and the Greyhounds and 34.7 percent.
The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 21, as they host their third straight cross-town rival when the Towson Tigers come to the RAC Arena. The game will start at 5 p.m. and will be televised regionally on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.