Women's Basketball Begins Brief Homestand Thursday Against Stony Brook

Topé Obajolu is two blocks shy of setting the school record for career blocks
Topé Obajolu is two blocks shy of setting the school record for career blocks

BALTIMORE - After two consectutive road games, the UMBC women's basketball team (8-8, 2-1 AE) returns home to start a two-game homestand on Thursday against America East rival Stony Brook (4-12, 1-2 AE).  Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.  The game can be heard on V1370 AM and V1370.com, and, as always, it will be streamed live at UMBCRetrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is now 8-8 and 2-1 in America East play following Saturday's road victory over Maine, 75-55. Forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) led all scorers with 23 points, inclduing 13 in the first half, while classmate Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) added 14 for the Retrievers.

Freshman point guard Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) was named America East Rookie of the Week on Monday after averaging 6.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in UMBC's first week of conference play against UNH, Albany and Maine.

Brown and Kurowski are two of just 12 Retrievers ever in the 1,000-point/500-rebound club. The Retrievers lead the America East with a .731 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.

SEAWOLF UPDATE: Stony Brook sits at 4-12 and 1-2 in conference play after a home loss to Albany on Sunday, 57-32. The Seawolves have now lost their last two America East games after opening the conference slate with an impressive 54-47 win at Vermont. Senior Destiny Jacobs led Stony Brook with nine points against the Great Danes. Junior Dani Klupenger, the Seawolves' leading scorer in conference play (8.0 pts/gm), was held scorelss against Albany.

Stony Brook was picked to finish eighth in the America East preseason poll, ahead of only Maine.

All-Time Series vs. Stony Brook: Meeting No. 19

Last Meeting: March 3, 2011 at Vestal, N.Y. (UMBC 74, Stony Brook 65)

First Meeting: Jan. 7, 2004 at UMBC (Stony Brook 53, UMBC 49)

Stony Brook's Last Win: Feb. 27, 2010 at Stony Brook (Stony Brook 59, UMBC 48)

Streak: UMBC has won three in a row

Series Record: Stony Brook leads the series, 10-8

Series Record at UMBC: Stony Brook leads the series, 5-3

Last Meeting at UMBC: Jan. 29, 2011 (UMBC 65, Stony Brook 57)

Stony Brook's Last Win at UMBC: Jan. 28, 2010 (Stony Brook 74, UMBC 56)

WHO'S UP NEXT: The Retrievers host America East rival Hartford on Monday afternoon with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m. The Hawks are 9-8 on the season and 0-3 in conference play following a midweek bye. Hartford, the defending America East tournament champion, was picked to finish third in the America East preseason poll. UMBC is 4-15 all-time against the Hawks, but won both of last year's regular season meetings. The teams met again in the America East Conference Tournament Semifinals, which Hartford won 66-48.