Rohde, Robinson Spark Retrievers to 78-72 Victory over Fairleigh Dickinson

, N.J.-Senior forward Sharri Rohde and junior center Amanda Robinson both posted double-doubles to lead the UMBC women's basketball team (3-4) to a 78-72 victory over former Northeast Conference rival Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday afternoon at the Rothman Center.

Rohde tied a career high with 23 points, scoring 16 in the second half and posted 10 rebounds with eight coming in the second period. Robinson set new career bests with 22 points and 12 rebounds in the game.

Rohde's double-double is her second in as many games and the fourth of her career, as she had 17 points and 10 rebounds at American on Nov. 28. Robinson's last double-double was March 4, 2006 at Albany. The last time two Retrievers recorded double-doubles in the same game was Jan. 29, 2006 at Stony Brook, when Rohde and Matea Pender accomplished the feat.

UMBC opened the game with a 9-3 scoring run over the first 4:43, then after a three-pointer by FDU's Jordan Sykes – her second of the game – scored 10 of the next 14 points for a 19-10 lead with 11:12 to play. Robinson scored 10 points in the first nine minutes.

The Knights scored seven straight points to pull to within two at 19-17 with 8:42 to play, but the Retrievers responded with eight in a row to go up by a game-high 12 points at 29-17 with 6:29 left in the first period.

Fairleigh Dickinson's Shanay Freeman hit two consecutive three-pointers for the Knights' first field goals not scored by freshmen Sykes and Christy Altamirano. The rookies combined for FDU's first 20 points, with 11 by Sykes.

The Knights took their first lead of the game, 32-31, with 2:58 remaining in the first period and closed the half on a 20-5 scoring run, taking a 37-34 advantage into the locker room.

Robinson finished the half with 12 points, as did Altamirano, who also had nine rebounds. Sykes scored 11 in the first period. FDU's Jennifer Walkling added eight boards. The Knights attempted 16 three-pointers in the half, connecting on six.

Sykes opened the second period with a quick three-pointer just nine seconds in, and the teams alternated field goals over the first 1:30 of the half. FDU opened their game-high 10-point lead at 49-39 with 17:18 to play, but UMBC rattled off 11 of the next 13 points, including nine in a row, to tie the game at 51-51 with 11:57 left.

Freeman's trey gave the Knights another three-point advantage, and they were up by six points with 9:40 to play, but they did not score again for nearly five minutes, during which time the Retrievers took a 64-61 lead on their second 9-0 run of the half.

Walkling's layup at 4:47 broke FDU's scoreless drought before UMBC rattled off another 10 in a row to seal the win.

Rohde's 23 points came on 8-for-16 shooting, while Robinson shot 11-for-15 from the field for her 22 points. Her 11 field goals were a new career high. Junior guard Kristin Drabyn also set a new career best with 16 points in the game.

Rohde was two assists shy of a triple-double, as she recorded eight dishes. Senior point guard Brittnie Hughes also recorded seven assists.

Four Knights scored in double figures, led by Altamirano and Walkling, who posted double-doubles, with Altamirano scoring 19 grabbing and posting 12 rebounds, and Walkling scoring 14 points and posting 13 rebounds. Sykes scored a team-best 21 points, while Freeman had 12 on four three-pointers.

The Retrievers shot a season-best 47 percent in the game, including 50 percent in the second half, when they scored 44 points.

UMBC returns home on Wednesday, Dec. 6 to host Navy in the final game at the RAC Arena before the new year.

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