Kurowski Selected to Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team

Michelle Kurowski has earned three awards for her combined academic and athletic performances in 2010-11.
Michelle Kurowski has earned three awards for her combined academic and athletic performances in 2010-11.

CLEVELANDUMBC junior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) was named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team for her combined performance on the court and in the classroom, the organization announced Friday. It is her third such recognition of the season, as she was also selected to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, as well as the America East All-Academic squad.

An America East All-Conference First Team selection, Kurowski ranked second in the league in scoring with 14.6 points per game, and she ranked sixth in the NCAA with an .894 free throw percentage, a school record and the third-best ever in the America East. In addition, she led UMBC with 1.9 steals per game while also averaging 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest and shooting 40.2 percent from the floor, and she drained a career-high 43 three-pointers.

Kurowski ranks seventh all-time at UMBC with 1,263 career points, and earlier this season, she became the third-fastest Retriever ever to reach the 1,000-point plateau when she achieved the milestone in her 74th career game. She has averaged 13.7 points per game in her career, the third-best scoring average in school history, and she has ranked in the top 10 in the America East in each of her three seasons. In addition, Kurowski's .848 career free throw percentage ranks second all-time at UMBC, and she is one of just nine Retrievers ever to sink 100 three-pointers in her career.

Kurowski scored in double figures 21 times during the 2010-11 season with seven 20-point performances and a team-best four double-doubles, and she was named America East Player of the Week twice.

Kurowski excels in the classroom, as well, maintaining a 3.82 grade-point average as a psychology major with a minor in social welfare. The junior plans to earn her bachelor's degree in May after just three years and complete her eligibility next season as a graduate student pursing a teaching certificate and a master's degree in early childhood education. Kurowski has earned semester academic honors all five semesters, and she has been recognized on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll in each of her first two seasons.

Kurowski is the first UMBC women's basketball player to ever be recognized on the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team in the nine-year history of the award. Retriever men's basketball standout Brian Hodges earned the honor in 2007.

Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for the Scholar-Athlete Team. Each of the nominees must have a minimum GPA of 3.20 in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve. She must have reached junior athletics and academic standing at the nominating institution and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games.

UMBC won the America East regular-season title with a 20-12 overall record – matching the school wins record – and a 13-3 mark against conference opponents. The Retrievers earned a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament, where they fell to the University of Florida in the first round.

2010-11 Division I-AAA Women's Scholar-Athlete Team

Grace Blaylock, UNC-Asheville

Brittany Carnago, Oakland

Courtney Chihil, Florida Gulf Coast

Keisha Hampton, DePaul

Celeste Hoewisch, Wisconsin-Green Bay

Michelle Kurowski, UMBC

Joelle Nawrocki, Fairfield

Sam Quigley, DePaul

Mary Silvia, Hartford

Kayla Tetschlag, Wisconsin-Green Bay