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Crowell Guides Women's Basketball Past Stony Brook in Front of Record Crowd, 70-59
Brittany Crowell matched a career-high 25 points in the victory
BALTIMORE – UMBC women’s basketball senior guard Brittany Crowell (Brandywine, Md./Gwynn Park/James Madison) matched a career-high and led the Retrievers’ four double-digit scorers with 25 points, as a record crowd of 2,905 poured into the RAC Arena for UMBC’s eighth annual Midday Madness. The Retrievers shot a season-best 48.1 percent from the floor as a national audience witnessed UMBC’s 70-59 victory against America East foe Stony Brook on Wednesday afternoon.
Crowell, the Retrievers’ America East Player of the Game, shot at a .600 clip from the floor and 43.8 percent from beyond the arc in the contest and added eight rebounds as she played all 40 minutes for the Retrievers. Senior guard Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne/American) scored in double-digit points for the sixth consecutive game, finishing with 17 points, to go along with a game-high seven assists, five rebounds and four steals.
The victory snapped a three-game skid for the Retrievers, who improved to 6-13 on the season and 2-4 in America East play. Stony Brook (11-8, 3-3 AE) fell for the second time in three games and have dropped six straight games to UMBC.
Behind a roaring crowd of elementary and middle school locals, the Retrievers build a seven-point cushion following a three from sophomore guard Bria White (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase/Longwood). Stony Brook connected on four of its first 18 shots from the floor to allow UMBC to extend its lead to as many as 11 in the opening half. White notched nine of her 12 points of the first stanza.
Seawolves junior guard Chikilra Goodman helped spark a 9-2 run over a 1:57 span to cut the SBU deficit to four, 21-17, with 5:21 to go in the period, but UMBC closed the half on an 11-6 run, behind six points from sophomore forward Ashley Lambert (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend), to take a nine-point advantage into the locker room. Lambert finished the afternoon with 11 points, connecting on five-of-seven attempts.
UMBC drained six of its first seven shots of the second half, including seven-straight points from Crowell, to extend its lead back up to 12 points, 42-30. Stony Brook failed to go down without a fight, clawing its way back within six, 47-41, following back-to-back layups from Goodman.
Despite the Seawolves full court pressure, the Retrievers quickly responded, breaking the press and getting layups on three straight possessions to build the lead back up to 12.
SBU tried for one final push, pulling back within six, 58-52, with 2:21 left after UMBC failed to score on four consecutive possession, but Crowell put the nail in the coffin picking up a transition bucket and following with her third three of the afternoon. The Seawolves would come no closer than 10 points down the stretch, as UMBC held on to pick up its fifth home victory of the season.
Goodman earned America East Player of the Game honors for Stony Brook, finishing with a team-best 15 points, to go with six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sophomore forward Sabre Proctor added 10 points and eight rebounds, while senior guard Dani Klupenfer chipped in 11 points.
-UMBC moved to 4-4 in the Retrievers’ Midday Madness games. The event was aired live on ESPN3 for the second-straight season
-The Retrievers took control of the all-time series against Stony Brook, 11-10, and have won six straight against the Seawolves
-The UMBC RAC Arena set a new record for a women’s basketball crowd with 2,905 in attendance to see the victory
-The Retrievers scored 70 points for the first time since Nov. 25, when it tabbed 78 points against Eastern.
-UMBC had four players score in double-figures for the first time this season and for the first time since the America East Tournament last season.
-Kim Browning pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds in the contest
-Brittany Crowell scored 20-plus points for the third time this season and has scored double-digit points in each of the last five games
-In the last three games, Raven Harris is averaging 16.3 points, 7.6 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals.