BALTIMORE—Junior guard Michelle Kurowski of the women's basketball team was named UMBC Athlete of the Month for December 2010 in a poll of fans conducted from Jan. 2-9. Kurowski received 63.6 percent of the vote to outdistance herself from men's basketball point guard Chris De La Rosa, who received the remaining 39.4 percent.
Kurowski averaged a team-best 15.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game to lead the Retrievers to a 4-2 record in December. The native of Hicksville, N.Y., recorded four double-digit performances and posted her first double-double of the season against Bucknell on Dec. 4, tallying a season-high 25 points and 11 rebounds. She also scored 22 points at Navy on Dec. 21. For the month, Kurowski made 29 of 33 free throws (87.9 percent), drained seven 3-pointers and added 17 assists and 10 steals while playing 229 of a possible 240 minutes (38.2 mpg).
Kurowski leads the America East with 14.5 points per game and an .866 free throw percentage on the season.