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Retrievers Win Third Straight, Take Down Binghamton, 78-63
Michele Brokans' 10 assists are the most by a Retriever in more than two years.
BALTIMOREóUMBC junior guard Carlee Cassidy (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) scored a game-high 27 points and freshman forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) posted her fourth double-double of the season to lead the UMBC womenís basketball team (12-7, 4-2 AEC) to its third straight victory, 78-63, over America East rival Binghamton (7-11, 2-3 AEC) Saturday evening at the RAC Arena.
Brown scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and was named America East Player of the Game for the third game in a row.
The Retrievers came out hot to start the game, hitting seven of their first nine shots. Sparked by seven points from freshman guard Michelle Kurowski (
But UMBC scored the final four points of the half to lead, 38-31, at intermission.
A jumper from Cassidy at the 15:02 mark in the second half reopened an 11-point lead, 44-33, and the Retrievers held onto a comfortable double-digit margin for nearly 10 minutes, as a layup by freshman guard Katie Brooks (
The Bearcats scored 17 of the gameís next 25 points to cut their deficit to six, 65-59, with 2:43 remaining, but that was the closest they would get, as UMBC used a 13-2 run to take a game-high 17-point lead, 78-61, with just eight seconds left before Binghamton forward Jaki Goldner hit a layup at the buzzer for the 78-63 final. The Retrievers made 11 of 12 free throws in the final 2:21 of action.
Cassidyís 27 points came on 8-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Kurowski was the third Retriever in double figures with 18 points. Sophomore point guard Michele Brokans (
At 12-7, the Retrievers are off to their best 19-game start in the programís Division I history and their second-best start ever, as the 1985-86 team opened the season 14-5 at the Division II level. In addition, at 4-2, UMBC is off to its best-ever start to conference play in six seasons in the America East. The last time the Retrievers won four of their first six league games was 2000-01 as members of the Northeast Conference.