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Retrievers Push No. 14 Virginia to the Limit in Season-Opening 68-57 Loss
Michelle Kurowski scored 17 points in the first half en route to a game-high 21.
BALTIMOREóSophomore guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) scored a game-high 21 points and junior forward Meghan Colabella (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) posted a double-double as the UMBC womenís basketball team (0-1) gave 14th-ranked Virginia (1-0) all it could handle before falling, 68-57, in front of a record crowd of 1,604 at the RAC Arena in the season opener for both teams.
The first half saw 10 ties and no lead larger than five points. Kurowski, the America East Player of the Game, scored eight of UMBCís first 10 points, including a pair of game-tying field goals in the first 4:35, and her three-point play with 13:01 left in the period gave the Retrievers a 17-14 advantage.
Trailing by two, the Cavaliers scored seven straight points to go up by five, 26-21, but an 8-1 Retriever run put the hosts back on top, 29-27, with 4:48 to play, and the game was tied, 34-34, at halftime.
Kurowski made seven of 10 shots in the first half and led all players with 17 points and seven rebounds, as the Retrievers shot 48.4 percent from the floor while holding
The game remained close for the first 12:08 of the second stanza, as neither team led by more than one possession. With the Retrievers trailing, 47-44, senior guard Carlee Cassidy (
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The Retrievers made just four of 24 second-half shots and finished at 34.5 percent in the game. Both teams struggled from the foul line, shooting below 60 percent each for the game.
The win was the 700th in Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan's career.
The Retrievers return to action on Sunday, Nov. 15, when they host in-state rival UMES at 1 p.m. at the RAC Arena.