Women’s Basketball Falls to Boston U. in Front of Record Crowd

Erin Brown leads the America East with 15.4 points per game
Erin Brown leads the America East with 15.4 points per game

BALTIMORE, MD. ­– In front of 2,710 fans, a women's basketball record at the RAC Arena, senior Erin Brown (Betheda, Md./Walt Whitman) scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but it was not enough, as UMBC (11-10, 5-3 America East) fell to Boston University, 59-53, Wednesday afternoon at Midday Madness, presented by the UMBC Summer Day Camp. 

The loss breaks the Retrievers' 14 game home conference winning streak, which dated back to the 2009-2010 season.

The Retrievers started the game brightly, opening up an early 6-1 lead following a layup by Brown at the 17:25 mark in the first half.  BU (15-5, 8-0 America East) stormed right back, however, going on a 7-2 run to tie the game for the first time, at eight points apiece. 

The two teams traded the lead seven times in the first half, with the Retrievers claiming the biggest lead of the half, a seven point margin, 28-21, following back-to-back three-pointers by sophomore Raven Gerald (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway) and Brown. 

The Terriers then held UMBC without a field goal for the final 4:06 of the half, and took the lead, 31-30, into halftime after Rashidat Agboola knocked down two free throws.

After the break, Boston U. continued its 18-2 run to build a nine point lead, 39-30, with 13:53 remaining. Senior Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) finally made a layup at the 10:15 mark to end a stretch of almost 14 minutes without a basket.  Kurowski then tacked on a free throw to cut the lead to six, 39-33.

For the game, UMBC only shot 25.8 percent (17-for-66), while BU hit 37.3 percent (19-for-51) of its shots.

After BU built its largest lead of the game, 54-39, with 5:24 left, UMBC charged back, cutting the lead to three after Kurowski made two free throws with 21 seconds remaining.

The Retrievers would get no closer, however, with the Terriers getting three more free throws to provide the final margin.

Junior Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) nearly recorded her third double-double of the season scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

UMBC and BU each grabbed 42 rebounds in the game, but the Retrievers caused 13 Terrier turnovers while only losing the ball eight times.

UMBC returns to the court this Saturday when the Retrievers travel north to face America East rival New Hampshire.  Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Game Notes:

-          Erin Brown was named UMBC's America East Player of the Game for a league-high ninth time this season.

-           The loss was the Retrievers' first home conference loss since falling to Stony Brook on Jan. 28, 2010, 74-56.

-          UMBC recorded the same amount of rebounds (42) as its opponent for just the second time this season.

-          With her final free throw of the game, Michelle Kurowski scored her 1,519 career point which ties her for 28th on the America East all-time scoring list with Jen MacNeill (Drexel, 1993-98).

-          Erin Brown is now ninth on UMBC's all-time scoring list, after passing Sharri Rohde on Wednesday. Brown has now scored 1,229 career points.