Five in Double-Digits as Women’s Basketball Defeats Stony Brook, 73-47

Erin Brown scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Retrievers
Erin Brown scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Retrievers

BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's basketball team outscored Stony Brook 49-23 in the second half, using 20 points from senior Erin Brown(Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman), to overcome a 10- point first half deficit to defeat the Seawolves, 73-47, Thursday evening at the RAC Arena.

Tied at the half at 24, UMBC (9-8, 3-1 America East) went on a 9-2 run to open the second frame and never looked back, claiming their fourth straight victory over Stony Brook (4- 13, 1-3 America East).

Reigning America East Rookie of the Week Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) finished one assist shy of her second career double-double, finishing with 13 points and nine assists. Junior Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) recorded her first double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds.

After a back and forth opening five minutes, Stony Brook jumped to a 20- 10 lead behind four three-pointers by Dani Klupenger.  The junior guard finished with 17 points to pace the Seawolves.  The Stony Brook lead would hit 10 two more times in the half, the second following a jumper by Destiny Jacobs. 

The Retrievers then held Stony Brook without a basket for the remaining 8:37 of the half, going 10-0 run to end the half, tying the score on a free throw by Coles.

Looking inspired coming out of the break, UMBC started the second half brightly with a layup by seniorMichelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville).  The Long Island native finished with 14 points and six boards for the game. 

The Seawolves then made a run of their own, capped by another three from Klupenger, to cut the Retrievers lead to just three at 35-32.  From there, UMBC dug in defensively, causing 20 Stony Brook turnovers in the game. 

The Retrievers then pulled away, opening up the gap to a game-high 30 point lead at 73-43 at the 1:46 mark. Junior Brittany Crowell (Brandywine, Md./Gwynn Park/James Madison) helped spark the Retrievers in the second half, scoring all 11 of her points in the final frame.

Chase dished out all nine of her assists in the second half, finishing two shy of her career-high of 11 against Monmounth, as the Retrievers picked up their third conference win in four tries.

The Retrievers continue their brief homestand when they welcome America East rival Hartford to the RAC on Monday.  Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Game Notes:

-        ;    Erin Brown was named America East Player of the Game for the Retrievers while Dani Klupenger earned the honor for the Seawolves.

-        ;   With her block at the 17:09 mark in the second half, senior Topé Obajolu tied the UMBC school record with 132 career blocks.

-        ;   UMBC is now 5-2 at the RAC this season

-        ;   With her 14 points against Stony Brook, Michelle Kurowski, the active scoring leader in the America East, now sits at 32nd all-time in conference history with 1464 career points.

-        ;   Erin Brown has score 20 or more points in the Retrievers' last six wins