Poor Shooting Dooms Retrievers in 56-45 Loss at Towson

Kim Browning scored seven points in the first half.
Kim Browning scored seven points in the first half.

TOWSON, Md.—Three Retrievers reached double figures, but the UMBC women's basketball team shot just 26.8 percent from the floor in a 56-45 loss to cross-town rival Towson (4-1) Sunday afternoon at the Towson Center.

The Retrievers missed their first 14 shots from the floor before junior guard Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne/American) made a layup at the 9:15 mark.

Towson led, 19-9, with 5:50 to play in the half, but UMBC scored eight straight points and closed the period on a 12-4 run to cut its deficit to just two points, 23-21, at the break, despite making just six of 29 shots in the half.

The Tigers came out hot to start the second stanza, making five of their first eight shots during a 14-2 run to take a 37-23 lead after 5:19 of play. Guard Krystal Parnell scored 10 points during that stretch.

The Retrievers responded with a 16-6 run to pull back to within four points, 43-39, with 6:13 to play. Still down four with 3:34 left in the game, UMBC missed three of its final four attempts from the floor, while Towson its last three and connected on three of four foul shots to seal the victory.

Despite making just 15 of 56 field goals in the game, the Retrievers were able to keep it close with their foul shooting, connecting on 14 of 15 attempts from the line. It is the fourth straight game UMBC has shot better than 80 percent from the charity stripe, making 67 of 78 free throws in that span.

Senior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and senior center Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) led the Retrievers with 12 points apiece, and Brown added a team-high seven rebounds. Senior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) tallied 10 points and a career-high five steals. Junior forward Kim Browning (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) chipped in career bests of seven points and six boards.

Parnell led Towson with game highs of 20 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. She shot 8-of-10 from the floor.

The Retrievers have nearly a week off before opening a three-game homestand against Princeton on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.