STONY BROOK, N.Y.—Junior guard Michelle Kurowski(Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) became the 17th player in UMBC history to reach 1,000 career points, and the UMBC women's basketball team (7-7) defeated Stony Brook (3-10) by a score of 65-52, Monday evening at Pritchard Gymnasium in the America East Conference opener for both teams.
Kurowski is the third-fastest Retriever to reach the milestone, as she did it in her 74th career game, and she is also just the fourth to accomplish the feat during her junior season.
The win is UMBC's third straight and sixth in its last eight games. It is also the Retrievers' second-ever victory in an America East opener and first since defeating Boston University in 2007, the year they won the conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
The America East Player of the Game, Kurowski scored 19 points and added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Junior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) also tallied 19 points – a season high – and was 3-for-5 from 3-point range, while senior forward Meghan Colabella (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) scored a season-high 15 points and was 7-for-8 from the foul line.
The Retrievers scored the first nine points of the game and led, 12-5, with 13:19 remaining in the first after Brown's second 3-pointer of the game. But UMBC went scoreless for the next 6:48 of action, missing four shots and committing five turnovers in that span before another triple by Brown at 6:31.
The Seawolves did not fare much better during that stretch, scoring just five points and also going scoreless for nearly six minutes.
Trailing 15-9 at the 6:31 mark, Stony Brook scored seven of the next eight points to tie the game at 16-16 with 2:49 to play. But Kurowski scored five straight points to end the period and give the Retrievers a 21-16 lead at halftime.
Kurowski and Brown combined to score 19 of UMBC's 21 points in the first half. The Retrievers shot just 29.2 percent (7-for-24) in the period, but Stony Brook connected on just 18.8 percent (6-for-32) of its shots.
UMBC made seven of its first nine shots of the second half, opening the period with a 16-4 run to take a game-high 37-20 lead at the 14:21 mark. But after Brown went to the bench with four fouls, the Seawolves countered with a 16-1 spurt of their own to pull to within two points, 38-36, with 9:01 to play.
Junior center Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) curbed the spurt 19 seconds later with a layup, and she scored eight of UMBC's next 11 points, giving the Retrievers some breathing room.
Kurowski's final basket of the game, a layup with 2:25 remaining, gave her exactly 1,000 points in her career and also put UMBC on top by 11, 56-45. The Retrievers went on to make seven of eight free throws in the final 1:31 to seal the 65-52 victory.
Jeter led the Seawolves with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds, and she also added four assists and five steals. She earned her team's America East Player of the Game honor.
UMBC shot 68.2 percent (15-for-22) in the second half and finished at 47.8 percent for the game while holding Stony Brook to 30.2 percent from the floor. The Seawolves held a 40-36 edge in rebounds.
The Retrievers have nearly a week off before returning to action on Sunday, Jan. 9 at America East rival Maine.