Lawrenceville, N.J.-Senior forward Sharri Rohde scored 21 points, including 11 straight during a decisive 21-6 UMBC run in the second half to lead the Retrievers (5-6) past host Rider (0-8), 69-61, in women's basketball action Tuesday evening at Alumni Gym.
Rohde led four starters in double figures, followed by junior forward Amanda Robinson with 16, senior point guard Brittnie Hughes with 13 and junior guard Kristin Drabyn with 10. Rohde and Robinson also added eight rebounds apiece.
The Retrievers went on a 15-2 run with 7:07 left in the first half to open up a game-high 19-point lead at 35-16. But the Broncs scored 19 of the last 23 points of the period to close to within four, 39-35, at halftime.
Leading by only one point, 41-40, at the 17:16 mark of the second half, UMBC rallied off 19 of 21 points, including 11 by Rohde, over the next eight minutes to reopen an 18-point lead at 60-42 with 9:09 to play, and the Broncs could not get closer than 10 points until a pair of three-pointers by Maura Gillooly at the end of the game made the final score 69-61.
Rohde's 21 points came on 9-of-18 shooting and 3-of-3 at the free throw line. It was her second 20-point performance in as many games. She added four steals, two blocks and three assists to her eight boards.
Robinson shot 7-for-12 from the floor for her 16 points and also had three blocks and three steals, while Drabyn recorded a career-high five assists. Hughes was 4-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-2 from long distance.
Shaunice Parker posted a double-double for the Broncs, scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Ashley Anderson added 14 points off the bench, while Janele Henderson scored 13.
The Retrievers shot 43.1 percent from the floor, including 48.3 percent in the first half, and 41.7 percent from three-point range. Rider shot 39.3 percent from the field, but out-rebounded UMBC 42-35 and recorded 17 second-chance points.
The Retrievers return to action Thursday, Dec. 28, when they take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Texas-Pan American Battle at the Border Holiday Tournament in Edinburg, Texas. They will also take on Texas State a day later. Both games are at 5 p.m. CST.