Cassidy, Kurowski Tally 30 Each in UMBC’s 85-77 Victory Over Navy

BALTIMORE—UMBC junior guard Carlee Cassidy (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) scored 32 points and freshman guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) tallied 30 to lead the Retrievers (5-2) to an 85-77 victory over in-state rival Navy (4-5) Wednesday evening at the RAC Arena. It marks the first time in school history that two players posted 30 points or more in the same game.

Cassidy is just the third Retriever to score 30 points twice in the same season, joining Tammy McCarthy (1984-85, 1985-86) and Shalayna Johnson (2002-03).

Cassidy and Kurowski shared America East Player of the Game honors after combining to score 72.9 percent (62 of 85) of the Retrievers' points. Kurowski drained 11 of 17 field goals and all six free throws, while Cassidy was 10-for-21 from the floor and 8-for-9 from the foul line with four three-pointers.

Sophomore forward Meghan Colabella (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) was the only other Retriever in double figures, as she posted her first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. A Retriever has recorded a double-double in back-to-back games after going 41 straight games without one, dating to February 2007.

After missing their first three shots of the game, the Retrievers drained five in a row to take a four-point lead at the 15:38 mark. The score remained close for most of the first half, with Navy briefly taking a two-point lead with six minutes left.

But UMBC used a 15-2 run over the next four minutes to go up by 11 points, 42-31, with 1:54 to play in the period and led, 45-35, at halftime.

Both teams shot better than 50 percent in the first half, with Navy at 53.6 percent (15-for-28) and UMBC at 51.4 percent (18-for-35). Kurowski scored 20 points in the period, coming just two shy of her career high with 20 minutes left to play.

Cassidy scored the Retrievers' first eight points of the second half, but the Mids cut their deficit to six on a three-pointer by center Cassie Consedine at the 14:53 mark. UMBC took a game-high 13-point lead, 65-52, with 11:38 remaining before a 12-4 Navy run brought them to within five, 69-64, with 5:14 left. Consedine scored seven points during the spurt.

The visitors kept it close down the stretch, pulling to within four points in the final minute, but the Retrievers sank six straight free throws in the last 41 seconds to seal the victory.

Consedine posted a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds, leading five Mids in double figures. She shot 6-for-10 from the floor with four three-pointers.

Navy shot 53.7 percent in the game, including 50 percent from long distance, but made just 61 percent of its free throws (11-for-18). UMBC shot 44.8 percent from the floor and drained 19 of 21 foul shots (90.5 percent).

The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, Dec. 6, when cross-town rival Towson visits the RAC Arena at 7 p.m.