BALTIMORE—UMBC women's basketball rising seniors Erin Brown(Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman), Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) and Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) have been named team captains for the 2011-12 season, head coach Phil Stern announced today.
The trio were the Retrievers' top three scorers in 2010-11, accounting for 69.5 percent of UMBC's offense, and all three earned America East All-Conference honors, with Kurowski and Brown both tabbed to the first team and Obajolu garnering a third-team nod, as well as a spot on the All-Defensive squad.
Kurowski ranked second in the league in scoring with 14.6 points per game, and she ranked sixth in the NCAA with an .894 free throw percentage, a school record. She ranks seventh all-time at UMBC with 1,263 career points. Brown was the America East's third-leading scorer with 14.3 ppg, and she also led the Retrievers with 6.0 rebounds per contest and a career-high 66 three-pointers. Obajolu averaged 10.6 ppg and led the league with 1.8 blocks per game. She set UMBC's single-season blocks record with 56 and now ranks third in school history with 120 in her career.
"Our program is in good hands with Michelle, Erin and Topé as our leaders both on and off the court," Stern said.
The Retrievers, who won the America East regular-season title with a school-record 20 wins (20-12), including a 13-3 mark in conference play, and earned a trip to the WNIT, will return eight letterwinners next season, including more than 80 percent of their scoring.