Baltimore-Five Retrievers scored in double figures as the UMBC women's basketball team (2-3) concluded its four-game home stand by defeating the New Jersey Institute of Technology (2-3) by a score of 78-51 Sunday afternoon at the RAC Arena. The 27-point margin of victory is UMBC's largest since defeating Navy, 71-44, on Dec. 30, 2005.
The Highlanders took a 3-2 lead two minutes into the game, but senior forward Sharri Rohde connected on her second field goal of the day to put UMBC ahead, 4-3, and the Retrievers never looked back.
Leading by only one point at 11-10 with 14:22 remaining in the first half, UMBC went on a 15-3 scoring run over the next 3:11 to jump out to a 26-13 advantage. Freshman guard Carlee Cassidy scored eight points during the run.
After NJIT scored 13 of the next 18 points to pull to within five at 31-26 with 6:13 to go in the first period, the Retrievers finished the half on a 14-3 run, scoring the last eight points before the buzzer. Senior point guard Brittnie Hughes hit a three-pointer as time expired to cap the rally and send UMBC into the locker room with a 45-29 lead.
Cassidy led all scorers with 12 points at halftime, while Hughes had 11. Jill Dickinson led the Highlanders with nine points. The first period represented the Retrievers' best scoring half of the season, as they shot 54.8 percent (17-for-31) from the floor.
NJIT turned the ball over 17 times in the first half, and UMBC was able to capitalize, scoring 20 points off turnovers.
The Retrievers scored 13 of the first 16 points of the second period to open up a 58-32 advantage with 13:52 to play. UMBC extended the lead to 30 points at the 5:32 mark on a three-pointer by sophomore center Suzanne Morris.
Cassidy finished with a game-high 16 points, one off her career mark, on 50 percent shooting (7-for-14), while Rohde had 15. Junior forward Amanda Robinson scored 10 points and added eight rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench en route to Marlow Sports America East Player of the Game honors. Hughes added six assists to go with her 11 points, and junior guard Kristin Drabyn also scored 10.
The Retrievers recorded 24 assists on 29 field goals in the game, just three off the school record of 27 dishes, set on Dec. 2, 1985 against Shippensburg. UMBC shot 45.3 percent for the game, their best shooting performance of the season and the first time the Retrievers have shot above 40 percent since the season opener at George Washington.
Dickinson led the Highlanders with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Katie Piekielski and Lesley Hendricks each scored 12 points. NJIT shot just 16.7 percent (6-for-36) in the second half and 27.0 percent for the game, marking the second straight opponent which UMBC has held below 30 percent shooting.
The Retrievers scored 70 points for the first time since Feb. 12, 2005, when UMBC defeated Vermont, 72-63. The 78 points are the team's most since an 87-52 victory over Morgan State on Nov. 23, 2004.
UMBC dominated inside, outscoring NJIT 28-8 in the paint, and held a 46-44 rebounding advantage.
The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 28, when they head to Washington D.C. to take on American at 7 p.m.