Kurowski Nets Season-High 20 as Women’s Basketball Defeats Vermont, 67-58

Topé Obajolu recorded a UMBC record seven blocks against Vermont
Topé Obajolu recorded a UMBC record seven blocks against Vermont

BURLINGTON, VT. – Senior Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) led all scorers with a season-high 20 points, while junior Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Prep/American) added 19, as the UMBC women's basketball team defeated Vermont, 67-58, Sunday afternoon at Patrick Gymnasium.

Kurowski, UMBC's America East Player of the Game, scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half, as the Retrievers (11-9, 5-2 America East) pulled away after leading by only two at the break. 

Seniors Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) were also in double figures, scoring 12 and 10 points respectively.   Brown picked up her third double-double of the season, grabbing 12 rebounds against the Catamounts. Meanwhile, Obajolu, the UMBC career blocks leader, nearly missed her second straight double-double with nine rebounds.  She did, however, tie her own school record with seven blocks in the game.

After almost two minutes without a basket for either team to open the game, UMBC went on a 10-3 run, capped by a lay-in by Coles at the 14:14 mark in the first half.  Vermont (8-13, 2-6 America East) came back almost immediately though, and pulled to within three, at 12-9.

Obajolu gave the visitors their largest lead of the half, 19-9, with 9:37 remaining, but the Catamounts once again clawed their way back to narrow the gap to two headlining into the break.

The two squads traded buckets for the opening five minutes of the second half before the Retrievers went on a 13-2 highlighted by nine points from Kurowski.

UMBC then used the free throw line to maintain their lead, which never dipped below five over the remaining 9:12.  The Retrievers went to the line a season-high 37 times, compared to just ten for the Catamounts.

On the glass, UMBC outrebounded Vermont 51-48, while also causing 19 Catamount turnovers.

The Retrievers now return home to take on league leading Boston U. on Wednesday.  The Midday Madness game, presented by the UMBC Summer Day Camp, will tip-off at 12 p.m. at the RAC and will air live on ESPN3.

Game Notes:

-           The Retrievers are now 5-6 on the road this year, and 2-2 in conference games away from the RAC.

-          Michelle Kurowski has now scored in double figures in UMBC's last six games.

-          Erin Brown has registered three double-doubles this year, and 11 in her career.

-          UMBC's starting five of Chase, Kurowski, Brown, Browning and Obajolu started together for the first time this season.

-          Obajolu's seven blocks tied a UMBC single game record.  Obajolu also blocked seven shots against Coppin State on Nov. 16, 2010.  The previous record of six had been accomplished three times, with the last coming when Amanda Robinson blocked six shots against Boston U. on Feb. 4, 2007.