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Kurowski Named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team
Michelle Kurowski was named to the Capital One Academic All-District II Team
BALTIMORE, MD. – Women’s Basketball senior Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District II First Team for the second straight year, for her success both in the classroom and on the court, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday. Kurowski will now compete with the other all-district first team members on the national ballot for Academic All-American recognition.
Last week, Kurowski was named one of ten national finalists for the prestigious Lowes Senior CLASS Award.
Kurowski currently sits at seventh in the America East, averaging 13.0 points per game this season. She leads the league and ranks third in the NCAA with a .914 free throw percentage. She is also ninth in field goal percentage (.416) and 17th in rebounding (4.7 rpg) in the conference.
Kurowski is the America East active scoring leader with 1,562 career points and places 25th on the conference’s all-time list. She places in the top-ten at UMBC in numerous categories, including points, in which she sits at third. The senior has started the second most games in school history (109) and also places second with a .860 career free throw percentage. In addition, her 13.6 points per game average ranks fourth in school history. Earlier this year, Kurowski and teammate Erin Brown became just the 14th and 15th Retrievers to ever grab 600 rebounds in their career.
This season, Kurowski has led UMBC in scoring in seven games, while scoring in double figures 18 times. She is currently on a career-best streak of nine straight games with scoring in double digits.
In the classroom, Kurowski graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in psychology and a minor in social welfare in just three years, while maintaining a 3.82 grade-point-average. Currently in grad school, Kurowski earned a 4.0 GPA in her first semester of pursuing a teaching certificate and master’s degree in early childhood education.
Last year, she was named the America East Women’s Basketball Scholar Athlete and was honored on the America East All-Conference First Team. She has been named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of her first three seasons.
With her All-District honor last year, Kurowski became just the third Retriever ever, and first since Jennifer Whiteside in 1988 to earn the award.
The Academic All-District II teams in the university division consists of five players from Division I schools in Delaware, Washington, D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The Retrievers are 11-12 this season and 5-5 in America East play. Both the men’s and women’s teams host Maine on Saturday as a part of the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame Day.