Baltimore-UMBC junior forward Amanda Robinson kept up her hot shooting, scoring 19 points to lead the Retrievers (9-8, 2-2 America East) past America East rival Binghamton (5-11, 1-2 America East) 60-50 in women's basketball action Saturday evening at RAC Arena.
Robinson has averaged 17.5 points in four America East contests to start conference play. Her 19 points against the Bearcats came on 8-for-17 from the field, and she was named the Marlow Sports America East Player of the Game.
Laura Sario led Binghamton with 18 points to earn her team's Player of the Game honor.
The Bearcats jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first 3:19 of play, with five points from guard Rebecka Lindgren. But the Retrievers took the lead four minutes later with a 12-1 scoring run, and outscored the Bearcats 23-8 over the final 15:40 to take a 23-18 halftime lead.
Lindgren led all scorers with eight points in the first half, while Robinson had a UMBC-best six points and three blocks. Binghamton's Juta Jahilo posted a game-best seven rebounds in the period.
The Retrievers shot 32.1 percent in the first half but were 0-for-5 from three-point range, while the Bearcats shot just 24.0 percent from the field.
After Robinson hit a layup to open the second half, the teams traded three-pointers, with junior guard Kristin Drabyn and Robinson scoring for UMBC and Sario and Lindgren connecting for Binghamton.
UMBC took a game-high 12-point lead twice, the last coming on a free throw by senior forward Sharri Rohde at the 11:07 mark to put the Retrievers up 44-32. But the Bearcats went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to five, 44-39, at 9:34.
Robinson's jumper at 5:32 was UMBC's last of the game, but the Retrievers drilled 10 of 13 free throws down the stretch to hold off Binghamton's comeback attempt and seal the 60-50 victory.
Robinson added a team-high eight rebounds to her 19 points. Rohde was 9-for-12 from the charity stripe and scored 15 points in the game, while Drabyn added 11.
Lindgren scored 15 points to the Bearcats to go along with Sario's 18. Jahilo led all players with 11 rebounds.
UMBC shot 35.8 percent in the game while holding the Bearcats to just 28.0 percent from the floor.
The Retrievers return to action Wednesday, Jan. 17, when they travel to West Hartford, Conn., to take on defending America East champion Hartford at 7 p.m.