VESTAL, N.Y.—Freshman guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) posted her first career double-double, but the UMBC women's basketball team (14-14, 6-9 AEC) dropped a 70-50 decision to America East rival Binghamton (12-15, 7-7 AEC) Saturday afternoon at the Events Center.
Kurowski scored 15 points and added a career-high 13 rebounds to go along with four steals and was named UMBC's America East Player of the Game.
Leading by two points, 11-9, with 12:49 remaining in the first half, Binghamton went on a 25-6 run to take a commanding 36-15 lead with 1:40 to play and led 38-17 at halftime.
Kurowski scored eight straight points early in the second half to spark a 13-3 Retriever spurt, capped by a long three-pointer by junior guard Carlee Cassidy (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill), to cut UMBC's deficit to 11, 48-37, with 11:46 remaining.
But the visitors could get no closer, as the Bearcats 10 of the game's next 11 points to go back up by 20, 58-38, at the 5:10 mark. After Binghamton took a game-high 27-point lead, 70-43, with 1:22 left, the Retrievers scored the final seven points of the game for the 70-50 final.
Cassidy was the only other Retriever in double figures with 15 points, while sophomore guard Michele Brokans (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) chipped in five steals and seven rebounds.
Binghamton guard Erica Carter led four Bearcats in double figures with 16 points, while center Laura Franceski posted a double-double with 15 points and 15 boards to earn her team's America East Player of the Game nod. Guard Andrea Holmes contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, March 4, when they conclude the regular season against league-leading Boston University. Tip-off from RAC Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.