Stern Wins 200th as Retrievers Defeat Stony Brook, 65-57

Head coach Phil Stern earned the 200th victory of his career.
Head coach Phil Stern earned the 200th victory of his career.

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BALTIMORE—Junior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) scored 18 points and junior guard Michelle Kurowski(Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) added 15 to lead the UMBC women's basketball team (13-9, 7-2 AE) to a 65-57 victory over America East rival Stony Brook (4-17, 1-8 AE) Saturday afternoon at the RAC Arena. The win is the fourth straight for the Retrievers and the 200th in head coach Phil Stern's 15-year career.

UMBC led for most of the first half and held a one-point advantage, 17-16, with 10:46 to go before a 7-0 run put them up by eight nearly five minutes later. But the Seawolves responded with nine unanswered points to take a 25-24 lead with 2:17 left in the period. The score was tied, 27-27, at halftime.

The Retrievers scored the first four points of the second half but again led by just one, 33-32, at the 15:56 mark before scoring the next seven points of the game to take another eight-point lead, 40-32, with 11:21 to go.

Stony Brook again cut it to one, 48-47, with 4:01 left, but the Retrievers used a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to take control of the game for good. Junior center Topé Obajolu (Randallstown,Md./Archbishop Carroll) scored five straight points during that stretch.

The Seawolves scored on their next four possessions and pulled back within five points, but the Retrievers hit eight of 10 free throws over the final 50 seconds including four by Brown, to seal the 65-57 victory.

Brown was 6-for-6 from the line for the game and led all scorers with 18 points to earn America East Player of the Game honors. Kurowski added six rebounds to her 15 points, while Obajolu netted 12 to go along with a career-high six assists. Senior forward Meghan Colabella (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) gave the Retrievers four players in double figures for the second time this season with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and six boards.

Stony Brook forward Kirsten Jeter earned her team's Player of the Game honors with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Sam Landers chipped in 11.

UMBC committed a season-high 27 turnovers but scored 24 points off 24 Stony Brook miscues. The Seawolves held a 33-31 rebounding edge.

The Retrievers shot 47.9 percent in the game, including 52 percent in the second half, while holding the Seawolves to 36.2 percent from the floor.

The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 2, when they visit America East rivalBinghamton.

Notes: The Retrievers have won four in a row for the first time since winning five straight from Nov. 29-Dec. 8, 2008… UMBC's 13 overall victories and seven league wins equal its totals from 2009-10… The Retrievers' seven America East victories also match their most ever in eight seasons in the conference… UMBC is four games above .500 for the first time since Jan. 28, 2009.