Baltimore-Seniors Sharri Rohde and Brittnie Hughes combined for 64 percent of the Retrievers' scoring on their Senior Night, but the UMBC women's basketball team (13-16, 6-10 America East) dropped its regular season finale, 60-56, to Hartford (22-7, 15-1 America East) Saturday evening at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers finish seventh in the conference and will take on No. 2 Stony Brook on Friday at 12 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the America East Championships, while the defending league champion Hawks wrap up the regular season crown.
Rohde, Hughes and fellow senior Heather Luttrell combined to score the Retrievers' first nine points of the game and 11 of the first 13.
Down 14-13 at the 11:16 mark, the Retrievers went on a 13-2 run to take a game-high 10-point lead, 26-16, with 4:52 left. Hughes scored six points during that stretch, while junior guard Kristin Drabyn added five.
But the Hawks ended the half on a 13-5 run to cut UMBC's lead to two points, 31-29, at intermission.
Hughes led all scorers with 11 points and added four steals in the first half, while Rohde and Drabyn each had seven. Danielle Hood led Hartford with eight points.
UMBC shot 48 percent in the opening stanza while holding the Hawks to just 40.7 percent from the field. The Retrievers also scored 11 points off 10 Hartford turnovers.
The see-saw second half saw the score tied eight times as well as nine lead changes. Right out of the gates Hood scored and made the ensuing free throw to give the Hawks their first lead at 32-31 since it was 14-13 at the 11:16 mark of the first half.
The teams alternated field goals for much of the second period. With the score tied 50-50 with 4:48 remaining, Lisa Etienne drilled a three-pointer to give the Hawks the lead, but Drabyn answered with a triple of her own 23 seconds later to know the score again.
Hartford went ahead for good with two free throws by freshman forward Diana Delva with 1:17 left in the game. Etienne stole the ball on the next possession and Ikea Witt put the ball in the basket, the Delva made another foul shot to give the Hawks a game-high five-point lead, 60-55.
Hughes led all scorers with 20 points and added five steals, five rebounds and three assists, while Rohde posted 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block. Drabyn added 10 points.
Hood led the Hawks with 15 points and added seven rebounds, while MaryLynne Schaeffer scored 10 points and posted six rebounds. Witt added eight points, nine rebounds and five assists.
UMBC shot 43.1 percent in the game while holding Hartford to 38.5 percent from the floor. The Hawks out-rebounded the Retrievers, 38-26.
Hughes, Rohde, Luttrell and injured classmate Nicole Dixon were honored before the game in a Senior Night ceremony.