Baltimore-In a streaky game in which both teams used several large scoring runs, the host UMBC women's basketball team (10-10, 3-4 America East) came up short in a 74-66 loss to America East rival Maine (10-8, 4-3 America East) Wednesday afternoon in front of a crowd of 1,122 fans at RAC Arena, including more than 600 local elementary and middle school students who attended UMBC's second annual Mid-Day Madness.
Seven Retrievers drilled at least one three-pointer in the game, with two apiece from senior forward Sharri Rohde and junior forward Amanda Robinson, as UMBC hit nine trifectas in the contest but missed its last 11 attempts from long distance.
Maine jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Retriever junior guard Kristin Drabyn drilled a three-pointer to put UMBC on the board for the first time at 17:24, sparking an 8-2 Retriever run with five points from senior point guard Brittnie Hughes to bring UMBC to within one point at 9-8.
But the Black Bears scored the next 10 points to take an 19-8 lead before another three-pointer, this one from freshman guard Carlee Cassidy sparked a 15-2 run which gave the Retrievers their first lead of the game, 23-21, with 5:54 left in the first half. Maine turned the ball over six times in six and a half minutes and were held scoreless for more than five minutes in that stretch.
With the score tied 25-25, Maine closed the period on a 12-4 run of its own to take a 37-29 advantage into at the intermission.
Hughes led all scorers with 11 points in the half, while Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa had a team-best nine for Maine, which shot 52 percent (13-for-25) in the period, including 4-for-8 from three-point range. The Retrievers shot 42.3 percent from the floor in the first half.
The Black Bears made their first four shots in the second half, taking a game-high 13-point lead, 48-35, after just two and a half minutes of play. But the Retrievers rattled off a 17-5 run to make it a one-point game, 53-52, with 12:29 remaining.
That was the closest UMBC would get, as Maine scored the next seven points and held on when the Retrievers pulled back to within five with just more than a minute remaining. The Black Bears hit five of six free throws down the stretch to seal the eight-point victory, 74-66.
Hughes scored a game-high 16 points and added four steals, while Rohde scored 14 with seven rebounds and four assists and Robinson scored 10 points. Junior guard Morgan Hatten tied a career high with eight rebounds, while senior forward Heather Luttrell posted seven.
Maine seniors Bracey Barker and Ashley Underwood both recorded their 1,000th career points in the game and led five Black Bears in double figures. Barker posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds and also added seven assists and four blocks. Underwood and Katie Whittier scored 14 points apiece, while Hugstad-Vaa had 13 and Abby Greene scored 12.
The Black Bears shot 51 percent (25-for-49) in the game, including 41.2 percent (7-for-17) from three-point range. The Retrievers shot 40.6 percent from the floor.
UMBC returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 31, hosting Vermont at 7 p.m. at RAC Arena.