ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Senior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) scored 20 points on a career-high six 3-pointers to lead the UMBC women's basketball (6-5) team to a 54-46 victory over in-state rival Navy (6-5) Tuesday evening at Alumni Hall. The win is the Retrievers' fifth straight over the Mids.
Both teams started slow, combining to make just two of the first 17 shots of the game, and Navy did not get on the board until the 13:10 mark. The Retrievers led by two, 10-8, with eight minutes to go, when Brown and Navy forward Audrey Bauer began trading 3-pointers for the next 3:21 of action. Brown finished with 17 points in the half on 6-of-10 shooting, and UMBC led, 26-24, at the break.
The Retrievers scored the first four points of the second stanza to take a six-point lead, 30-24, but Navy tallied 10 of the next 12 points to regain a 34-32 lead with 14:00 remaining.
The teams traded baskets for the next 4:37 before back-to-back triples by junior guard Brittany Crowell (Gwynn Park, Md./Brandywine) gave UMBC the lead for good with 8:33 left, as the Retrievers held the Mids without a field goal for the final 9:39 of action. Navy scored just two points on a pair of free throws during that stretch, as UMBC ended the game on a 12-2 run.
Brown's 20 points came on 7-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range, and she added seven rebounds and two steals. Crowell had nine points on three treys, while senior center Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) tallied eight points, five assists and three steals. In addition, junior guard Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) led the Retrievers with eight rebounds to go along with five points, three assists and two steals.
Bauer led Navy with 13 points, while Erin Edwards contributed 10. UMBC outrebounded the Mids, 31-28, and scored 18 points off 19 Navy turnovers. The Retrievers also set a school record for fewest fouls in a game with five; the previous record of seven occurred five times, most recently Dec. 29, 2010, against Loyola.
After a week-long break, the Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 28, when they take on High Point on the first day of Virginia Tech's Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Classic.