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Women’s Basketball Claims First-Ever America East Regular-Season Title with 62-55 Victory Over Albany
UMBC finished the season on a six-game winning streak to earn its first-ever America East regular-season title.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC women’s basketball team (19-10, 13-3 AE) defeated
UMBC will host the conference title game on Saturday, March 12, should they reach that contest. In addition, Wednesday’s victory guarantees UMBC a postseason appearance in either the NCAA Tournament or Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Senior forward Meghan Colabella (
Despite struggling for the first five minutes, the Retrievers were only down 4-0 when Colabella sank back-to-back 3-pointers, sparking a 17-2 run that put UMBC on top, 17-6, at the 9:16 mark of the first half. The Retrievers made seven of eight field goal attempts in that stretch, including a 3-pointer by Kurowski to cap the spurt.
After the Great Danes pulled within seven with just under three minutes remaining, UMBC scored eight of the final nine points of the period to take a 30-16 halftime lead.
The Retrievers took a game-high 16-point advantage, 44-28, with 12:58 remaining on a 3-point play by sophomore guard Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American), but Albany went on an 18-8 run over the next 11 minutes and pulled within five points, 52-47, with less than two minutes to play.
But the Retrievers made 10 of 12 foul shots in the final 1:36 to hold on for the victory. Colabella sank all four of her attempts in that stretch.
After shooting 50 percent in the first half and draining five 3-pointers in eight attempts, the Retrievers made just seven of 21 field goals in the second half and one triple to finish at 41.5 percent (17-for-41) from the floor for the game.
UMBC outrebounded the Great Danes, 45-31.
Before the game, the Retrievers honored seniors Colabella, Chelsea Barker (Waterville, Maine/Messalonskee) and Michele Brokans (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic), who were playing their final regular-season game at the RAC Arena.
Notes: UMBC’s 19 wins are a school Division I record and one shy of the overall mark of 20, set in the 1985-86 season… The Retrievers have won six straight for the first time since Jan. 26-Feb. 12, 2006… UMBC is 12-1 at the RAC this season, a school record for home victories in a season… The Retrievers have won 11 in a row at the RAC, matching the school record set Jan. 28, 1986-Jan. 22, 1987… After starting the season 1-5, UMBC has won 18 of its last 23 contests… The Retrievers are nine games over .500 for the first time since Feb. 28, 1986, when they were 20-9.