Edinburg, Texas-The UMBC women's basketball team (6-6) shot a season-high 50 percent from the field en route to a 66-43 rout of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-7) Thursday evening in the first game of the University of Texas-Pan American Battle at the Border Holiday Tournament. With the victory, the Retrievers reach the .500 mark for the first time this season, evening their record at 6-6, and have won back-to-back games for the first time this year, as well.
Senior forward Sharri Rohde recorded her third double-double of the season and the fifth of her career with 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. She also added seven assists. Junior guard Kristin Drabyn set a new career best with 18 points, shooting 7-for-13 from the floor, including 3-for-8 from three-point range.
The Retrievers scored the first seven points of the game before the Islanders' Kirbria Lewis registered a steal and scored on the fast break five minutes into the game.
Up by two points, 15-13, with 9:19 to play in the first half, UMBC held Texas A&M-Corpus Christi without a field goal for the remainder of the period. The Islanders recorded five free throws during that time, while the Retrievers opened a 27-18 lead, their second-largest halftime advantage of the season.
The Retrievers shot 50 percent (12-for-24) in the first half while holding the Islanders to just 17.9 percent (5-for-28) from the floor, the second-lowest shooting percentage in a half by a UMBC opponent.
Drabyn scored nine of the Retrievers' first 11 points of the second half on two three-pointers, a layup and a free throw. The Islanders never got closer than six points in the period, 32-26 with 14:04 to play. UMBC scored 15 straight points over the next four and a half minutes to take a commanding 47-26 lead at the 9:36 mark.
The Retrievers took a game-high 26-point lead, 66-40, on a fast-break layup by junior center Charese Baldwin, the first points of the transfer's career in her first game in a UMBC uniform. Lewis hit a three-pointer for the Islanders with 52 seconds remaining for the 66-43 final score.
The Retrievers again shot 50 percent in the second half and made 25 of 50 field goal attempts in the game, shooting at the .500 clip for the first time since Feb. 9, 2006 at Boston University. The Islanders, who were shooting 42.7 percent on the season heading into the game, shot a season-low 25.4 percent (16-for-63) from the floor. The .254 shooting percentage was also the lowest by a UMBC opponent this season and the second time the Retrievers have held their opponents below 30 percent in a game.
In addition to Rohde and Drabyn, senior point guard Brittnie Hughes also reached double digits in scoring with 13 points and tied a season high with eight assists.
The Islanders' 43 points are the least scored against UMBC this season and mark the second time a Retriever opponent has scored less than 50 in a game. Nicole Duncan led Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with 11 points, while Elisa Beagle scored 10. Jillianne Duffey led the team with nine rebounds.
The Retrievers return to action Friday for the second day of the UTPA Battle at the Border Holiday Tournament. UMBC will face Texas State at 5 p.m. CST.