WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - After slipping by No.4-seed New Hampshire in the America East Quarterfinals on Friday, the No. 5-seed UMBC women's basketball team (16-14) is set to take on regular season champion and No. 1-seed Boston U. on Sunday morning in the semifinal round. Tip-off between the Retrievers and Terriers is set for 11 a.m. at the Chase Family Arena on the campus of the University of Hartford.
UMBC and Boston U. met twice during the regular season, with the Terriers taking both meetings by single digits. In the first game, Alex Young scored 14 points to lead BU to the win, 59-53, at the RAC Arena. Senior Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) countered with 14 points for the hosts in the defeat.
In the return matchup in Boston, Rashidat Agboola scored a career-high 21 points for the Terriers. Junior Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) picked up her fourth double-double of the year scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: A year after winning its first-ever America East regular-season title with a 13-3 record in conference play, UMBC finished the 2011-12 regular season in fifth with a 9-7 conference record. The Retrievers are 15-14 overall and won four of their final six game to conclude the regular season. UMBC swept the season series from three league opponents - Vermont, Maine and Stony Brook - and split with Hartford, New Hampshire and Binghamton, defeating all three at home and falling on the road. UMBC was swept by the top two teams in the conference, Boston U. and Albany. The Retrievers are coming off of a 59-57 win over New Hampshire on Friday in the America East Quarterfinals. With the score tied at 57, senior Michelle Kurowski hit two free throw with just over one second left to give UMBC the win. Senior Erin Brown and junior Kristin Coleseach had 15 points to pace the Retrievers. Senior Topé Obajolu was also in double figures for the Retrievers with 12 points against UNH. UMBC's three seniors - Brown, Kurowski and Obajolu - have accounted for 59.2 percent of the Retrievers' offense this season. Brown and Kurowski each rank in the top-10 in the America East in scoring for the second straight year. Brown, who was named to the America East All-Conference First Team, places second (14.4 ppg), while Kurowski, who garnered Second Team honors, ranks fifth (13.2 ppg). In addition, both were named to the conference All-Academic team. Chase, who was the only unanimous selection for the All-Rookie Team, led the league in assists, averaging 4.6 assists per game. Coles has recorded back-to-back double-doubles against Boston U. and Vermont heading into the tournament. The junior leads UMBC with five this season.
TERRIER UPDATE: Number one-seeded Boston U. (23-7, 15-1 America East), the 2012 Regular Season Champion, defeated the No. 8-seed Maine, 52-43, in the America East Quarterfinals. The Terriers have now won three in a row and since falling to Albany, 48-41, on Feb. 18. ForwardChantell Alford, the America East Player of the Year for the second straight year, led BU with 18 points, while guard Mo Moran and guard Alex Young were also in double figures, scoring 12 points and 11 points, respectively. Alford leads the Terriers with 12.6 ppg, while Moran (11.0 ppg) and sophomore Rashidat Agboola (10.0 ppg) also average double digit points. Agboola is tops on the team and second in the America East with 8.7 rpg while also leading the lead, along with UMBC's Obajolu in blocked shots (1.3 bpg) and placing third in field goal percentage (.463). Moran leads the league with a 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio and is second, behind on the Retrievers' Chase with 4.1 assists per game. The Terriers were picked to finish second in the America East preseason poll behind UMBC.