Washington, D.C.-Senior forward Sharri Rohde posted UMBC's first double-double of the season, but the Retrievers' women's basketball team (2-4) dropped a heartbreaker, 61-60, to host American (2-5) Tuesday evening at Bender Arena.
Rohde scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, including eight in the second half, for her third career double-double and first since a 16-point, 10-rebound performance against Vermont on Feb. 12, 2006. UMBC's last double-double was March 4, 2006, when Amanda Robinson scored 11 points and posted 11 boards in the regular-season finale at Albany.
American led by a game-high nine points at 24-15 with five minutes to play in the first half, but the Retrievers outscored the Eagles, 13-5, the rest of the way and went into halftime trailing by only one, 29-28.
Rohde was the only Retriever with more than one field goal in the first half and led the team with seven points in the period. American's Nicole Ryan led all scorers after 20 minutes with 13 points. The first period featured scoreless droughts of more than five minutes by each team.
The lead changed hands a total of 10 times in the second half, including four times in the first 1:47. UMBC took its first lead of the night right out of the gates after halftime on a three-pointer by senior point guard Brittnie Hughes. But Ryan responded with a trey of her own to put the Eagles back on top 21 seconds later.
The Retrievers' last lead of the game came at 3:36 with the score 55-53 after two free throws by Hughes. American's Liz Hayes hit a three-pointer in the Eagles' next possession, and UMBC could not capitalize on several chances down the stretch.
In addition to Rohde's double-double, Hughes scored 13 points and added eight assists for the Retrievers. Junior guard Kristin Drabyn scored nine points on three three-point field goals, as she was 3-of-11 from long distance.
UMBC allowed American to connect on 10 of 20 three-point shots (50.0 percent), with four from Ryan, who led the Eagles with 16 points. Letitia Curry added 10 points and nine rebounds, while Hayes also scored 10. The win snapped American's five-game losing streak.
The Retrievers return to action Saturday, Dec. 2, when they take on former Northeast Conference rival Fairleigh Dickinson at 2 p.m. in Teaneck, N.J.