Ross’ Buzzer-Beater Sinks Retrievers at Maine, 60-57

Erin Brown led the Retrievers with 16 points.
Erin Brown led the Retrievers with 16 points.

ORONO, Maine—Maine forward Tanna Ross hit a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining to give the host Black Bears (3-12, 1-2 AE) a 60-57 victory over the UMBC women's basketball team (7-8, 1-1 AE) in America East action Sunday afternoon at Alfond Arena. The loss snapped UMBC's three-game winning streak.

The Retrievers trailed for most of the second half and were down, 50-43, with seven minutes remaining before UMBC junior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) drained a 3-pointer and senior point guard Michele Brokans (Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) hit a pair of free throws to pull to within two points, 50-48 with 5:54 to play.

Maine guard Ashleigh Roberts responded with a 3-pointer of her own to put the Black Bears back on top by five 27 seconds later, but the Retrievers scored five of the next seven points to make it a one-point game, 55-54, with 59.1 seconds left.

Maine guard Amber Smith's jumper with the shot clock expiring on the Black Bears' next possession but the hosts back on top by three points, but UMBC junior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) nailed a 3-pointer to tie it with 20 seconds left.

The Black Bears played for the last shot, and with just seconds left, a double-teamed Katelyn Vanderhoff sent the ball to Ross, who banked in the game-winner.

The Retrievers led for most of the first half and took a 26-25 advantage into the intermission.

But a layup by Kurowski at the 16:34 mark of the second half gave UMBC its last lead of the game, 31-30. A pair of Roberts free throws put the Black Bears on top 29 seconds later, and despite three more ties, the Retrievers could not regain the advantage.

Kurowski picked up her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three assists and three steals and earned UMBC's America East Player of the Game honors. Brown led all scorers with 16 points, while senior forward Meghan Colabella (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) added 10.

Maine's America East Player of the Game, Roberts also had a double-double of 14 points and 12 boards, leading five Black Bears to score in double figures. Vanderhoff stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals, while Ali Nalivaika contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.

Despite being outrebounded, 47-45, the Retrievers turned 19 offensive boards into 28 second-chance points. However UMBC shot just 31.5 percent in the game.

The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 12, when they host America East rivalBinghamton at 7 p.m. at the RAC