BALTIMORE - Looking to bounce back from a mid-week setback at Albany, the UMBC women's basketball team (7-8, 1-1 AE) heads to the Northeast for a matchup with Maine (3-11, 0-1 AE) Saturday afternoon at Alfond Arena. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is 7-8 on the season and 1-1 in America East play after Wednesday's 53-41 loss at Albany. Junior guard Brittany Crowell tied for the game's high scorer with 15 points in the losing effort. Senior guard Michelle Kurowski chipped in with 10 points for the Retrievers. Kurowski ranks third all-time at UMBC with 1,436 career points, the most among active players in the America East. Senior Erin Brown was held to only two points, but remains the leading scorer in the America East, averaging 15.2 points per game. She is also 10th in school history with 1,136. Kurowski and Brown are two of just 12 Retrievers ever in the 1,000-point/500-rebound club. The Retrievers lead the America East with a .720 free throw percentage. 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 victories in a season, and earned a berth in the WNIT after falling to Hartford in the conference semifinals.
BLACK BEAR UPDATE: Maine is 3-11 on the season and 0-1 in America East play under first-year head coach Richard Barron. In Monday's conference opener, the Black Bears fell 72-54 at Binghamton, extending the their longest losing streak of the season to eight. Guard Brittany Williams led Maine with 18 points, while forward Samantha Baranowski added 11 points.
WHO'S UP NEXT: The Retrievers return home to take on America East rival Stony Brook on Wednesday. The Seawolves are 4-11 on the season and 1-1 in conference play following Thursday's 44-32 loss to Binghamton. Stony Brook was picked to finish eighth in the America East preseason poll. UMBC is 8-10 all-time against the Seawolves but swept all three meetings between the two squads a year ago.
INSIDE THE SERIES"
Today's game marks the 17th all-time meeting between UMBC and Maine, and the Black Bears hold a 9-7 series lead. The Retrievers however, have won six of the past seven meetings, recording five straight wins from 2008-2010. The ﬁrst meeting occurred on Jan. 4, 2004, a 60-45 victory for visiting Maine. The Black Bears hold a 5-2 series lead in games played in Orono and also won the lone game played at the Augusta Civic Center.
In the last meeting between the two teams, Feb. 5, 2011, UMBC defeated Maine, 56-49, at the RAC Arena. Erin Brown led all scorers with a career-high 26 points while also notching a career-high with 11 rebounds. Michelle Kurowski added 15 points while Topé Obajolu was also in double figures with 12 points. Amber Smith and Corinne Wellington led the Black Bears with 12 points each.
The last game in Orono between these two squads was won by Maine, 60-57, on a 3-pointer by Tanna Ross with 0.4 second left. Erin Brown led all scorers with 16 points.
All-Time Series vs. Maine: Meeting No. 17
Last Meeting: Feb. 5, 2011 at UMBC (UMBC 56, Maine 49)
First Meeting: Jan. 24, 2004 at UMBC (Maine 60, UMBC 45)
Maine's Last Win: Jan. 9, 2011 at Maine (Maine 60, UMBC 57)
Streak: UMBC has won one in a row
Series Record: Maine leads the series, 9-7
Series Record at Maine: Maine leads the series, 6-2
Last Meeting at Maine: Jan. 9, 2011 (Maine 60, UMBC 57)
Maine's Last Win at Maine: Jan. 9, 2011 (Maine 60, UMBC 57)