Short-Handed Retrievers Fall to Princeton, 56-41; Brown Scores 1,000th Career Point

Erin Brown became the 18th Retriever ever with 1,000 career points.
Erin Brown became the 18th Retriever ever with 1,000 career points.

BALTIMORE—UMBC senior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) scored her 1,000th career point and finished with 19 in the game, but the Retrievers (3-4), playing without three starters, fell to mid-major power Princeton (7-1) by a score of 56-41 Saturday afternoon at the RAC Arena.

The Retrievers made just six field goals in the first half, and Brown had five of them, as she scored 12 of UMBC's 16 points in the period. She needed six points to reach 1,000 for her career, and she did so on a free throw at the 10:04 mark. She became the 18th player in school history with 1,000 career points and the 12th with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Princeton led, 28-16, at halftime.

Sophomore guard Raven Gerald (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) scored on the Retrievers' first possession of the second stanza to make it a 10-point game, but the Tigers began to pull away after that, using a 10-0 run over the next six minutes to take a commanding 38-18 lead. UMBC turned the ball over on its first six possessions during that stretch.

A layup by senior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) at the 13:19 mark ended the run and sparked a 10-1 Retriever spurt that pulled the hosts to within 11 points, 39-28, with 9:33 to go, but Princeton responded with five straight points, all on free throws.

UMBC tried to claw back one more time with six straight points, all by Kurowski and Brown, which made it a 10-point game with 5:28 left, but that was as close as they would get, as the Tigers scored another eight in a row to regain an 18-point advantage with 3:43 to go.

Brown led all scorers with 19 points, while Kurowski added 13. Making her first career start, junior forward Kim Browning (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) picked up a game-best nine rebounds. No Tiger reached double digits in scoring, but three players finished with nine points, including forward Niveen Rasheed, who added seven rebounds and four assists.

The Retrievers shot below 30 percent for the second straight game, making just 26.4 percent from the floor. Unlike the previous games, however, the nation's ninth-best foul shooting team connected on just 11 of 20 free throws against Princeton.

The Retrievers continue their three-game homestand on Tuesday, when they host in-state rival UMES at 7 p.m.