BALTIMORE, MD. - The UMBC women's basketball team travels to New Hampshire to start the second half of their America East schedule for a matchup with the Wildcats on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.
These two teams met earlier this month on Jan. 2 at the RAC Arena. Trailing by as many as 11 points in the second half, UMBC mounted a comeback to steal a 67-65 victory, and start the conference schedule 1-0. Senior Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and junior Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) each scored 15 points in the second period to spark the comeback for the Retrievers.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is now 11-10 and 5-3 in America East play following Wednesday's loss to Boston U., 59-53.
In front of 2,710 fans, a women's basketball record at the RAC Arena, senior Erin Brown scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds while classmate Michelle Kurowski was in double figures for the seventh straight game, scoring 11 points.
Junior Kristin Coles nearly recorded her third double-double of the season, netting 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Kurowski and Brown, who leads the America East in scoring with 15.4 points per game, are two of just 12 Retrievers ever in the 1,000-point/500-rebound club.
UMBC is the preseason favorite to win the America East Conference after winning the 2011 regular-season title with a 13-3 record in league play. The Retrievers posted a 20-12 overall mark, matching the school record for wins in a season, and earned a berth in the WNIT.
WILDCAT UPDATE: New Hampshire is fourth in the America at 11-9 overall and 4-4 in conference play, after defeating Maine, 66-50, on the road on Wednesday. Leading scorer sophomore Morgan Frame (15.8 ppg) was held to seven points, but senior Denise Beliveau scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Wildcats. UNH was picked to finish sixth in the America East preseason poll. On Wednesday, Beliveau was named a finalist for the Lowes Senior CLASS Award, joining UMBC's Michelle Kurowski on the list of 10 women.