Retrievers Push No. 9 Maryland to the Limit in 70-59 Loss

Lauren Chase recorded 12 points and four assists against Maryland.
Lauren Chase recorded 12 points and four assists against Maryland.

BALTIMORE—Senior guards Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) and Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) each scored 14 points, and the UMBC women's basketball team (2-2) gave No. 9 Maryland (4-0) all it could handle before falling, 70-59, in front of a boisterous crowd of 2,305 at the RAC Arena Saturday evening.

Maryland scored the first six points of the game, but the Retrievers came roaring back with seven straight points to take a 7-6 lead after 2:24 of action. But with the game tied at 9-9 at the 15:27 mark, the Terps appeared to pull away with a 16-3 run over the next six minutes, which put them up, 26-12.

But a 3-pointer by Brown at the 8:39 mark sparked a 16-6 UMBC spurt, which included four 3-pointers and put the Retrievers right back in it, as they trailed just 32-29 with 4:02 left in the first half. Brown had nine points during that spurt, while Kurowski had five.

Maryland finished the half with five straight points and led, 40-31, at halftime. Brown had all 14 of her points in the period on 5-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, while junior guard Brittany Crowell (Brandywine, Md./Gwynn Park/James Madison) hit two big treys for six points. Maryland forward Tianna Hawkins had a double-double in the first half alone with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Retrievers shot 48 percent in the period and was 6-for-11 from 3-point range.

The Terps again appeared to take control of the game to start the second stanza, as guard Laurin Mincy drained a 3-pointer just nine seconds into the period, but the Retrievers scored eight straight points over the next 3:21, including six by Kurowski, to pull back to within three, 43-40, with 16:06 to go.

Each time Maryland scored, UMBC had an answer, and the margin remained in single digits until a 13-3 Terrapin run gave the visitors a game-high 14-point lead, 64-50, with 3:11 remaining. The Retrievers did not give up, scoring four straight to cut its deficit to eight points, 65-57, with 39 seconds left, but they were forced to start fouling, and the Terps hit five of six free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 70-59 victory.

The Retrievers made just six of 23 field goal attempts in the second half but stayed in it with their foul shooting, going 15-for-18 from the line. Maryland did not fare much better from the floor in the final 20 minutes, shooting 31 percent.

In addition to Brown and Kurowski's 14 points, freshman point guard Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) also scored in double figures with 12 points and added four assists, while Crowell finished with eight points. In addition, junior guard Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) tallied game highs of three blocks and three steals.

Hawkins led all players with a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds. Center Lynetta Kizer, making her season debut, scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while guard Brene Moseley posted 14 points and five assists. The Terps dominated the boards, outrebounding UMBC, 47-28, including 26-6 on the offensive glass, which led to 30 second-chance points.

The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday, when they visit cross-town rival Loyola.

Notes: Kurowski was named UMBC's America East Player of the Game… The 11-point margin was the lowest for the Terps this season, as they had outscored their opponents by an average of 31 points through the first three games. Maryland had not scored less than 72 points and was averaging 79.3 ppg, and the Terps had not allowed more than 53 points in a game, holding opponents to an average of 48.3 ppg… The loss snaps the Retrievers' school-record 12-game home-court winning streak, which dated to Dec. 4, 2010. However, UMBC has won 16 of its last 18 games at the RAC since Feb. 7, 2010… At No. 9, Maryland was the highest-ranked team ever to play at the RAC… With her 14 points, Kurowski moves past Kori Kindbom ('86) into fifth place all-time at UMBC with 1,313 career points.