Edinburg, Texas-Junior guard Kristin Drabyn drilled six three-pointers and the Retrievers (7-6) hit nine overall en route to a 66-51 victory over Texas State (7-6) at the University of Texas-Pan American Battle at the Border Holiday Tournament Friday evening at the UTPA Fieldhouse. The win is UMBC's third straight – the first time this season the Retrievers have won three in a row – and moves them over the .500 mark for the first time this season, as well.
Drabyn scored 20 points, setting a new career high for the second straight game. She shot 6-for-10 from the floor, with all 10 field goal attempts coming from three-point range, and went 2-for-2 at the free throw line. Her six three-pointers were also a new career best and marked the first time a Retrievers recorded five or more triples since Ana Goncharova tallied nine on Jan. 29, 2005, against New Hampshire.
Leading 8-6 after seven minutes, UMBC went on a 17-4 run to take a 25-10 lead with nine minutes to play in the first half, but neither team hit a field goal until Drabyn drilled her fourth three-pointer of the night with 5:21 to play. The Retrievers took a 34-15 advantage into the intermission, their largest halftime lead of the season.
For the second time in as many games, the Retrievers held their opponent below 20 percent shooting in the first half, as the Bobcats shot just 18.2 percent (4-for-22) from the floor. The four field goals and 15 points are the lowest by a UMBC opponent in a half this season.
The Retrievers shot 52.0 percent (13-for-25) in the first half and 58.3 percent (7-for-12) from long distance.
UMBC opened a game-high 23-point lead at 49-26 with 12:51 to play with an 8-0 run, but the Bobcats scored 13 of the next 14 points to cut the Retrievers' lead to 11 at 50-39 with 7:21 left. The teams alternated field goals for the next three minutes before UMBC put the game away with an 8-3 run to end the game.
Drabyn's 20 points came in just 18 minutes of play. Senior forward Sharri Rohde scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while junior point guard Brittnie Hughes was one point shy of her first career double-double with nine points and 12 assists. Junior forward Amanda Robinson added a season-best five blocks.
The Retrievers shot 48.9 percent in the game and 50 percent (9-for-18) from three-point range. The nine triples were one off the season high, set at George Washington in the season opener.
Texas State shot 32.7 percent from the floor, but out-rebounded UMBC 42-23. Erica Putnam led the Bobcats with 14 points and eight rebounds. She made just three field goals but was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
Following the second game of the evening, Drabyn and Rohde were named to the Battle at the Border All-Tournament Team. Drabyn averaged 19.0 points and drilled nine three-pointers in two games, while Rohde averaged 16.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in the tournament. Also included on the All-Tournament Team were Tamara Vaughn of UTPA, Putnam from Texas State and Elisa Beagle from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The Retrievers were the only team to win both games at the Battle at the Border Tournament, as UTPA took down Texas State on Thursday but fell to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday.
UMBC returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 4, returning home to open America East Conference play against Boston University at 7 p.m. at the RAC Arena.