BALTIMORE—UMBC junior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District II University Division First Team for her combined performance on the court and in the classroom, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. Kurowski now advances to the national ballot, where she will compete with members of each all-district first team for Academic All-America recognition.
Kurowski leads the America East in scoring with 15.9 points per game, including a league-best 18.0 ppg against conference opponents, and she ranks ninth in the NCAA with an .887 free throw percentage. She also leads UMBC with 5.7 rebounds per game while also averaging 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per contest and shooting 40.7 percent from the floor.
Kurowski is the conference's second-leading active scorer with 1,161 career points, ranking ninth all-time at UMBC. Earlier this season, she became the third-fastest Retriever ever to reach the 1,000-point plateau when she achieved the milestone in her 74th career game. She has averaged 14.0 points per game in her career, the third-best scoring average in school history, and she has ranked in the top 10 in the America East in each of her three seasons. In addition, Kurowski's .840 career free throw percentage ranks second all-time at UMBC, and she is one of just eight Retrievers ever to sink 100 three-pointers in her career.
This season, Kurowski has scored in double figures in 16 games with six 20-point performances and a team-best three double-doubles, and she has been named America East Player of the Week twice.
Kurowski excels in the classroom, as well, maintaining a 3.82 grade-point average as a psychology major with a minor in social welfare. The junior plans to earn her bachelor's degree in May after just three years and complete her eligibility next season as a graduate student pursuing a teaching certificate and a master's degree in early childhood education. Kurowski has earned semester academic honors all five semesters, and she has been recognized on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll in each of her first two seasons.
Kurowski is the first UMBC women's basketball player to earn Academic All-District honors since Jennifer Whiteside in 1988 and just the third ever.
The Academic All-District II teams in the university division consist of five players from Division I schools in Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The Retrievers are 13-10 on the season and 7-3 in America East play, their best start ever in eight seasons in the conference.