VESTAL, N.Y.—Despite holding Binghamton (15-8, 8-2 AE) to just 24 percent shooting, the UMBC women's basketball team (13-10, 7-3 AE) shot only 27 percent from the floor and fell to the host Bearcats, 47-40, Wednesday evening at the Events Center.Binghamton takes over sole possession of second place in the America East standings, while the Retrievers drop to third.
Junior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) posted her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds and was named America East Player of the Game. No other Retriever scored more than six points.
Binghamton forward Viive Rebane earned her team's Player of the Game honors with 16 points and nine boards, while forward Jasbriell Swain notched a double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds.
The Bearcats led by five, 11-6, with 12:40 to go in the first half, but a 3-pointer by junior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) sparked a 10-0 UMBC run over the next eight minutes to give the Retrievers a 16-11 lead with 5:23 left. But Binghamton scored the final five points of the period to send the game into halftime tied at 16-16.
UMBC held Binghamton without a field goal for the first 10:35 of the second stanza, opening an eight-point lead, 27-19, when Kurowski sank a huge 3-pointer. But the Bearcats went on a 22-5 run over the next seven minutes to take a 41-32 advantage with 2:14 remaining.
Binghamton had trouble with its foul shots down the stretch, hitting just six of 12 over the final 1:13 of action, but still made enough to hold on for the victory. The Bearcats made just five field goals in the second half but made 21 free throws, as the four different Retrievers fouled out of the game.
The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 5, when they host America East rival Maine at 12 p.m.