Second Half Run Leads UMBC Over Longwood, 57-49, in Women’s Basketball Action

Farmville, Va.-The UMBC women's basketball team (4-5) started the second half on a 20-7 scoring run to complete a 57-49 come-from-behind victory over host Longwood Saturday afternoon at Willett Hall.

The Retrievers held the Lancers to just 18.5 percent shooting (5-for-25) in the second half and 31.6 percent for the game.

UMBC scored the first seven points of the game, but Longwood scored the next nine and 19 of the next 24 to take a 19-12 lead midway through the first half. Junior guard Kristin Drabyn drilled two three-pointers to pull the Retrievers to within three points at 21-18 with 8:14 to play, but the Lancers scored 10 of the next 11 points to take a game-high 12-point lead at 31-19.

The Retrievers closed the half on an 8-2 run on a three-pointer by junior guard Morgan Hatten, a pair of free throws by junior forward Amanda Robinson and a trey by Drabyn five seconds before the buzzer. Longwood took a 33-27 lead into the intermission.

Drabyn led all scorers with 11 points in the first half on 4-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-7 from three-point range. As a team, UMBC shot 46.2 percent (6-for-13) from long distance in the first half, but just 31 percent (9-for-29) from the field.

After neither team scored a field goal for the first three minutes of the second half – the first four points were scored on a pair of free throws by each team – the Retrievers took a 39-35 lead with a 12-2 scoring run.

UMBC extended that run to 20-7 over the first 14:30 of the half, sparked by 11 points by senior forward Sharri Rohde, as the Retrievers took a seven-point lead at 47-40.

Longwood pulled to within three points at 49-46 with 2:09 remaining on a layup by Ashleigh Hollman, but that would be last field goal the Lancers would score.

Rohde hit a jumper 33 seconds later, and on the ensuing possession, senior point guard Brittnie Hughes stole the ball and took it to the basket to cement the victory.

Drabyn tied her career high with 16 points, leading all scorers. Rohde scored all 13 of her points in the second half, while Hatten added a career-best 12 on 5-of-7 shooting. Robinson grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.

Amber Sims led the Lancers with 10 points, while Anna Steg posted a game-high 11 rebounds. As a team, Longwood out-rebounded UMBC 44-34. The Retrievers forced 24 turnovers while committing 15.

UMBC has a week-long break from competition for final exams before resuming their five-game road trip on Sunday, Dec. 17, when they take on in-state rival and former Northeast Conference opponent Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md. Game time is 3 p.m.

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