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Womenís Basketball Defeats Coppin State, 76-63, for Fifth Straight Win
Michelle Kurowski is averaging 22.8 ppg in her last four contests.
BALTIMOREóJunior guard Carlee Cassidy (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) scored 28 points and freshman guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) added 20 as the UMBC womenís basketball team defeated cross-town rival Coppin State, 76-63, Monday evening at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers improve to 7-2 on the season, matching their best start in the programís Division I history, while the Eagles fall to 0-7.
Cassidy made nine of 20 field goal attempts, including four of eight from three-point range, and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line en route to America East Player of the Game honors. Kurowski shot 7-for-12 from the floor and added a team-high five rebounds. Earlier in the day, the duo was named America East Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for their performances against Navy and
The Retrievers were hot out of the gates, making three straight triples and six of their first eight field goal attempts to take a 15-6 lead at the 16:32 mark. But a 9-0 Eagle run, sparked by six points from forward Danielle Anders, tied the game less than three minutes later, as UMBC missed nine of their next 10 shots.
A pair of free throws by
The Eagles tied the score three times in the first 3:26 of the second period, but the Retrievers answered each time and finally took the lead for good on a jumper by Cassidy at the 15:18 mark.
Leading by two points with 12:16 to play after a pair of foul shots by
Freshman guard Katie Brooks (
Cunningham led the Eagles wit ha double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds and also added seven blocked shots. Forward Jennifer Martin grabbed a game-high 14 boards.
UMBC shot 56 percent in the second half and 42.6 percent on the game, while
The Retrievers now have a 10-day break for final exams before returning to action on Thursday, Dec. 18 at James Madison.