BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's basketball team (17-10, 11-3 AE) defeated America East rival Boston University (13-12, 10-3 AE) by a score of 62-52 Thursday evening at the RAC Arena to overtake the Terriers for first place in the conference standings. The win was the fourth straight for the Retrievers, who match the school Division I record for wins in a season.
The Retrievers wore special pink and white uniforms for their annual WBCA Pink Zone game, and all proceeds benefitted the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Junior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) continued her torrid scoring pace with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds to earn America East Player of the Game honors, while junior center Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) netted 17 points.
With the Terriers leading, 5-4, at the 16:06 mark, the Retrievers went on a 17-5 run over the next nine minutes to take a 22-10 advantage. After alternating baskets, UMBC used another 10-0 run to go up by 20 points, 34-14, with 1:51 remaining in the first period. The Retrievers led, 36-19, at halftime.
Obajolu scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting in the first half to lead all scorers. UMBC shot 45.5 percent (15-for-33) in the period while holding the Terriers to just 29.6 percent (8-for-27) from the floor.
BU scored the first six points of the second stanza on back-to-back 3-pointers by guard Alex Young and forward Caroline Stewart to cut it to 11, 26-25, just 90 seconds into the period, but the Retrievers went on a 16-6 run to take a game-high 21-point lead, 52-31, with 9:49 to go.
But the Terriers made it interesting, scoring 11 straight points over the next three minutes to cut their deficit to just 10 points, 52-42. Young scored nine points during that stretch.
After UMBC sophomore guard Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) put the Retrievers back up by 13 with 5:24 to go, BU scored another seven in a row to pull to within six, 55-49, with 1:02 remaining, but UMBC knocked down seven of eight foul shots in the final 54 seconds to seal the victory.
Coles provided a spark off the bench for the Retrievers, scoring nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. Senior forward Meghan Colabella (Upper Montclair, N.J./Montclair) stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a career-high five blocks, while junior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) added eight points, seven boards, four assists and four steals.
Stewart earned her team's Player of the Game honor with 16 points, while Young tallied 13 points and forward Kerry Cashman pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
UMBC outrebounded Boston U., 45-33.
The Retrievers return to action on Sunday, Feb. 20, when they visit America East rival Hartford. The game will be televised live on MASN at 1 p.m.
Notes: UMBC's 17 victories match the school's Division I record for wins in a season, originally set in 1990-91… After starting the season 1-5, the Retrievers are 16-5 in their last 21 contests… UMBC is 11-1 at the RAC this season, also matching the 1990-91 team's Division I record for home victories in a season.