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Late Rally Propels UMBC to 65-56 Comeback Victory at Navy
Michelle Kurowski scored 22 points, including the final seven of the game for the Retrievers.
The Midshipmen led, 45-38, with 8:55 left, but UMBC made nine of 12 shots down the stretch to rally for the win. After a layup by sophomore guard Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) gave the Retrievers a 48-47 lead at the 48-47 mark, Navy scored seven of the next nine points to regain a four-point advantage, 54-50, with 4:24 left.
But a three-point play by Coles at the 3:01 mark sparked a 15-2 UMBC run to end the game. Then, trailing by one point, 56-55, Coles was fouled and missed both free throws but secured the offensive rebound. With the shot clock winding down, Brokans drained a 3-pointer that put the Retrievers ahead for good, 58-56, and junior guard Michelle Kurowski (
UMBC led for most of the first half, but with the Retrievers on top, 16-9, at the 9:16 mark, Navy used an 18-5 run to take a 27-21 lead at intermission.
A jumper by Coles with 13:42 to play in the second half tied the game at 35-35, but the Mids responded with eight straight points to take a game-high 43-35 lead before junior forward Erin Brown (
Kurowski scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting and added six assists, five rebounds and two steals, while Coles tallied a career-high 13 points on 6-of-6 from the floor, to go along with six boards and two takeaways. Brown pulled down a game-best eight rebounds.
Navy guard Angela Myers led the Midshipmen with 19 points, while Audrey Bauer contributed 13 on four 3-pointers. Navy was 9-for-24 from long distance for the game.
The Retrievers shot 48.1 percent from the floor while holding the Mids to 35.8 percent, and outrebounded Navy, 36-30.
The victory was the first on the road for UMBC this season.
The Retrievers now have a week off for the holidays before returning to the court on Wednesday, Dec. 29, when they host cross-town rival Loyola.