Kurowski Snags Second America East Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Award, First ECAC Honor

Michelle Kurowski averaged 29.0 ppg and shot 67.6 percent int two games last week.
Michelle Kurowski averaged 29.0 ppg and shot 67.6 percent int two games last week.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—UMBC junior guard Michelle Kurowski(Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) was named America East Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 16, the conference announced Monday. It is her second weekly award of the season and the fourth of her career.

In addition, she earned the same honor from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) on Tuesday.

Kurowski was outstanding in a pair of America East wins last week, averaging 29.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 67.6 percent from the floor (23-for-34) and 50.0 percent from long distance (5-for-10), and she was a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line.

The conference's leading scorer began the week with a 30-point performance against Binghamton, who was previously unbeaten in league play. Kurowski led the Retrievers to the 55-38 victory with 12-of-19 shooting, including 3-of-7 from 3-point range. The 12 field goals were a career best and the most in the conference this season, and she also sank her 100th career 3-pointer. She made her first six shots of the game and had 16 points in the first half alone, equaling the Bearcats' entire offensive output in the period.

The 30 points also matched her career high, which she set on Dec. 5, 2008. She is the fourth player in school history to score 30 points more than once in her career.

Kurowski then nearly matched her output in the Retrievers' 69-54 win over Vermont on Saturday, tallying 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc. She also added three assists, three steals and four rebounds against the Catamounts.

With 30 points and 28 points, she was responsible for the top two offensive performances in the conference last week.

Kurowski, who leads the America East with 16.2 points per game this season, is averaging 22.8 ppg in four league contests and has been named America East Player of the Game in all four. She now ranks 10th all-time at UMBC with 1,072 career points.

Kurowski last earned the award on Nov. 29 for the third week of the season. Her four America East Player of the Week awards match former teammate Carlee Cassidy for the most ever by a Retriever in UMBC's eight seasons in the conference.