Women’s Basketball Falls to Mount St. Mary’s, 61-48

, Md.-Mount St. Mary's forward Dominique Mazzuchi drilled six three-pointers to lead the host Mountaineers (3-5) past in-state rival and former Northeast Conference foe UMBC (4-6), 61-48, Sunday afternoon at Knott Arena.

Mazzuchi scored 19 of her game-high 22 points in the first half on 8-of-11 shooting, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Senior forward Sharri Rohde led the Retrievers with 20 points.

The Mount opened the game on a 7-2 run, but UMBC went ahead 20-16 at the 9:17 mark. Rohde scored eight of the Retrievers' first 11 points.

But Mazzuchi sunk three straight three-pointers to give Mount St. Mary's a 25-22 advantage at 7:04, and the Mount never relinquished the lead, scoring 11 straight points during a 4:30 span. The Retrievers were held without a field goal until freshman guard Carlee Cassidy hit a layup with 2:56 remaining in the first half. The Mount took a 33-24 lead into halftime.

The Retrievers pulled to within six points with 12:59 to play in the game on a pair of free throws by Rohde, who was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the game, but that was the closest they would get for the rest of the day.

The Mount scored nine straight points in the next 2:30 to take a 15-point lead and allowed only two UMBC field goals over the next seven minutes to take control of the game. Neither team scored during a four-and-a-half minute span until junior guard Kristin Drabyn hit a layup at the 3:44 mark.

Rohde added nine rebounds and three blocks to her 20 points, while Mazzuchi also posted nine boards.

The Retrievers shot 32.1 percent in the game, but just 18.8 percent from three-point range, hitting a season-low three triples in 16 attempts. The Mount shot 42.6 percent from the floor, including 44.4 percent (8-for-18) from long distance.

UMBC was out-rebounded, 48-25. The Retrievers forced 25 Mount St. Mary's turnovers while committing just 14, including only three in the first half.

The Retrievers return to action Tuesday, Dec. 19, when they head north to take on Rider at 7 p.m. in Lawrenceville, N.J.

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