Seniors Lead Women’s Basketball Past Stony Brook, 63-51

Erin Brown scored a game-high 21 points
Erin Brown scored a game-high 21 points

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – UMBC women's basketball's three seniors combined to score 49 points as the Retrievers pulled away from Stony Brook in the second half, to defeat the Seawolves, 63-51, Wednesday night at Pritchard Gymnasium.

Forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) was named UMBC's America East Player of the Game after leading all scorers with 21 points.  She also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Brown has now scored 20 or more points eight times this year, and 12 times in her career.

Meanwhile, classmates Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) and Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) each scored 14 points of the Retrievers.

The Retrievers (13-12, 7-5 America East) came out of the gate hot, scoring the game's first 13points on 4-for-5 shooting from the field, and took an early 13-0 lead, following two free throws by Obajolu at the 16:41 mark in the first period. 

The Seawolves (4-21, 1-11 America East) cut the lead to single digits however, at 13-4 a few minutes later.  Kurowski responded with a three-point basket moments later, to push the lead back to 12. 

UMBC's lead remained in double digits for most of the half, until the hosts made an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 25-19 with 3:19 left in the half.  Stony Brook cut even further into the lead, and trailed by just five, 29-24, at the break.

Right out of the half, the Seawolves got to within three, 29-26, after a jumper by Whitney Davis.  The Retrievers then held Stony Brook scoreless for the next two minutes, sparking a 7-0 run to take the lead for good, 36-26, with 16:24 remaining. 

With just over two minutes left, UMBC would build its largest lead of the game to 18 points, 62-45, after Brown hit a three ball, and followed it up with a fall-a-way jumper the next time down the court.

Freshman Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist), the America East leader in assists per game, led the Retrievers with six assists against the Seawolves.

UMBC now has the weekend off before hosting America East rival Binghamton next Wednesday. Tip-off at the RAC is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Game Notes

-           With her first basket of the game, Erin Brown surpassed Kendra Damann to claim seventh on UMBC's all-time scoring list.  Brown now has 1,294 career points.

-          UMBC has now won the last five meetings with Stony Brook and has tied the all-time series at nine wins apiece.

-          Michelle Kurowski has now scored in double digits for a career-high 11 straight games.