Late Rally Propels UMBC to 65-56 Comeback Victory at Navy

Michelle Kurowski scored 22 points, including the final seven of the game for the Retrievers.
Michelle Kurowski scored 22 points, including the final seven of the game for the Retrievers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The UMBC women's basketball team (5-7) shot 60.7 percent in the second half, and senior guard Michele Brokans(Lansdale, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:54 remaining to lift the Retrievers to a 65-56 victory over Navy (5-6) Tuesday evening at Alumni Hall.

The Midshipmen led, 45-38, with 8:55 left, but UMBC made nine of 12 shots down the stretch to rally for the win. After a layup by sophomore guard Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) gave the Retrievers a 48-47 lead at the 48-47 mark, Navy scored seven of the next nine points to regain a four-point advantage, 54-50, with 4:24 left.

But a three-point play by Coles at the 3:01 mark sparked a 15-2 UMBC run to end the game. Then, trailing by one point, 56-55, Coles was fouled and missed both free throws but secured the offensive rebound. With the shot clock winding down, Brokans drained a 3-pointer that put the Retrievers ahead for good, 58-56, and junior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) nailed another trey 53 seconds later, then made all four free throws in the final 39 seconds to seal the victory.

UMBC led for most of the first half, but with the Retrievers on top, 16-9, at the 9:16 mark, Navy used an 18-5 run to take a 27-21 lead at intermission.

A jumper by Coles with 13:42 to play in the second half tied the game at 35-35, but the Mids responded with eight straight points to take a game-high 43-35 lead before junior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) made her only 3-pointer of the game at 10:55 and sent the momentum to the Retrievers.

Kurowski scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting and added six assists, five rebounds and two steals, while Coles tallied a career-high 13 points on 6-of-6 from the floor, to go along with six boards and two takeaways. Brown pulled down a game-best eight rebounds.

Navy guard Angela Myers led the Midshipmen with 19 points, while Audrey Bauer contributed 13 on four 3-pointers. Navy was 9-for-24 from long distance for the game.

The Retrievers shot 48.1 percent from the floor while holding the Mids to 35.8 percent, and outrebounded Navy, 36-30.

The victory was the first on the road for UMBC this season.

The Retrievers now have a week off for the holidays before returning to the court on Wednesday, Dec. 29, when they host cross-town rival Loyola.