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Rossí Buzzer-Beater Sinks Retrievers at Maine, 60-57
Erin Brown led the Retrievers with 16 points.
ORONO, MaineóMaine forward Tanna Ross hit a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining to give the host Black Bears (3-12, 1-2 AE) a 60-57 victory over the UMBC womenís basketball team (7-8, 1-1 AE) in America East action Sunday afternoon at Alfond Arena. The loss snapped UMBCís three-game winning streak.
The Retrievers trailed for most of the second half and were down, 50-43, with seven minutes remaining before UMBC junior forward Erin Brown (
Maine guard Ashleigh Roberts responded with a 3-pointer of her own to put the Black Bears back on top by five 27 seconds later, but the Retrievers scored five of the next seven points to make it a one-point game, 55-54, with 59.1 seconds left.
Maine guard Amber Smithís jumper with the shot clock expiring on the Black Bearsí next possession but the hosts back on top by three points, but UMBC junior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) nailed a 3-pointer to tie it with 20 seconds left.
The Black Bears played for the last shot, and with just seconds left, a double-teamed Katelyn Vanderhoff sent the ball to Ross, who banked in the game-winner.
The Retrievers led for most of the first half and took a 26-25 advantage into the intermission.
But a layup by Kurowski at the 16:34 mark of the second half gave UMBC its last lead of the game, 31-30. A pair of Roberts free throws put the Black Bears on top 29 seconds later, and despite three more ties, the Retrievers could not regain the advantage.
Kurowski picked up her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three assists and three steals and earned UMBCís America East Player of the Game honors. Brown led all scorers with 16 points, while senior forward Meghan Colabella (
Despite being outrebounded, 47-45, the Retrievers turned 19 offensive boards into 28 second-chance points. However UMBC shot just 31.5 percent in the game.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 12, when they host America East rival