NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.—Junior guard Michelle Kurowski(Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) reached the 20-point plateau for the second straight game with a season-best 25 points to lead the UMBC women's basketball team (2-5) to a decisive 75-55 victory over Brown (2-4) Sunday afternoon at the Hynes Athletic Center on the second day of the Iona Thanksgiving Classic. The win snapped the Retrievers' three-game losing streak.
Brown took an early 5-3 lead 1:33 into the game but managed just two field goals over the next 10 minutes, while the Retrievers used a 17-3 run during that stretch to take control of the game, 20-8, at the 9:04 mark of the first half.
Following back-to-back Brown baskets, senior guard Chelsea Barker (Waterville, Maine/Messalonskee) and junior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) drained consecutive 3-pointers, sparking another 16-6 UMBC spurt to end the half. The Retrievers led, 36-20, at halftime.
The Bears would not get closer than 13 points the rest of the game, despite hitting seven 3-pointers in the second period. A 12-4 Retriever run midway through the half, capped by a pair of Kurowski free throws, gave UMBC a game-high 23-point lead, 62-39, with 6:23 remaining.
Kurowski's 25 points came on 9-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, and she added four assists and five rebounds. Brown tallied 14 points and six boards, while senior forward Meghan Colabella (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) posted UMBC's first double-double of the season and the sixth of her career with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Junior center Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) stuffed the stat sheet with seven points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocked shots, while senior guard Michele Brokans (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) contributed five points, six assists and five boards.
Brown guard Lauren Clarke led three Bears in double figures with 11 points, while forward Aileen Daniels netted 10 points and pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.
The Retrievers shot 45 percent from the floor while holding Brown to just 28.8 percent shooting. UMBC also held a 41-38 rebounding edge, winning the battle on the boards for the first time this season.
UMBC reached the 70-point mark for the second straight game, and the 75 points are the most since scoring 102 against UMES on Nov. 15, 2009.
After averaging just 48.4 points per game and shooting 30.7 percent as a team through the first five games of the season, the Retrievers got untracked this weekend, scoring 73.5 points per contest and shooting 47.0 percent in two games at the Iona Thanksgiving Classic. Kurowski, the team's top returning scorer from a year ago, also got back on track this weekend, raising her season scoring average from 8.4 points per game entering the tournament to 13.0.
The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, Dec. 4, when they host Bucknell at 2 p.m.