Poor Free Throw Shooting Dooms Retrievers in 74-56 Loss to Navy

Baltimore-In a game with a combined 46 personal fouls and 54 free throws, the UMBC women's basketball team (3-5) shot just 48.4 percent (15-for-31) from the foul line and fell to Navy, 74-56, Wednesday evening at the RAC Arena.

Senior point guard Brittnie Hughes set a new career high with 23 points on 8-of-13 field goals, accounting for 41 percent of the Retrievers' offense, and was named the Marlow Sports America East Player of the Game.

Navy (3-6) held the Retrievers without a field goal for the final 7:10 of play, finishing the game on a 12-2 scoring run.

Despite being down for most of the first half, UMBC took a five-point lead – its largest of the game – at 19-14 with 10:11 to play in the first half. Navy tied the score at 21-21 two minutes later, but the Retrievers went back on top, 27-23, on a three-pointer by junior guard Morgan Hatten at the 5:49 mark.

UMBC held onto its lead until Navy's Margaret Knap hit a trey with 1:34 remaining in the first half, tying the game at 31-31, then hit another triple with 23 seconds left for a 34-31 advantage. The Retrievers pulled to within one point before the half on a pair of free throws by junior guard Kristin Drabyn, but the Mids took a 34-33 lead into the locker room.

Hughes led all scorers with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting at halftime. Navy's Kate Hobbs was 5-for-6 from the floor for 12 points, while Carly Meyer scored 10. The Mids shot 56.5 percent (13-for-23) from the field in the first half.

Hughes drilled a three-pointer just 13 seconds into the second period to put the Retrievers back on top, 35-34, and the lead alternated hands several times over the first few minutes of play before Navy took control of the game.

UMBC held a 37-36 advantage when the Mids went on a 12-3 run to take a 48-40 lead with 14:18 left in the game. The Retrievers tried to climb back in but never got closer than four points, as Navy finished the game on a 27-11 scoring run over the final 13:19.

Navy dominated on the glass, out-rebounding the Retrievers 43-28 and limiting UMBC to just seven offensive rebounds. The Mids committed 22 turnovers to the Retrievers' 15, but only eight of Navy's turnovers came after halftime.

Navy's bench also outscored UMBC's 41-9, as Knap scored 22 points as a reserve. She led three players in double figures, followed by Meyer, who posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Hobbs, who scored 12 points.

Hughes' 23 points were a game high. Drabyn also reached double digits with 10 points.

The 18-point loss is UMBC's largest of the season and most lopsided since falling to Hartford, 76-52, on Jan. 14, 2006.

The Retrievers hit the road again as they embark on a five-game road trip to finish the month of December, starting Saturday, Dec. 9, at Longwood. Game time is 3 p.m.

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