BALTIMORE—Senior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) scored 24 points and the UMBC women's basketball team (4-4) shot 50 percent in a 65-60 win over in-state rival UMES (2-4) Tuesday evening at the RAC Arena, snapping a two-game skid.
Trailing, 31-28, at the break, the Retrievers scored the first five points of the second half to take the lead, which changed hands seven times with five ties in the first 12:33 of the period.
But with 7:03 left in the game, UMBC took control with a 12-3 run that included 10 points by Brown and gave the hosts a game-high nine point lead, 61-52, with 3:20 left.
The Lady Hawks tried to claw their way back in, scoring seven straight points and forcing three Retriever turnovers to slash their deficit to just three, 63-60, with 49 seconds remaining. But a critical turnover with eight seconds left forced the visitors to foul one of the best free throw shooters in the country in guard Michelle Kurowski(Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), and the senior knocked down both shots to seal the victory.
The Retrievers scored the first five points of the game and led, 8-2, after four minutes, but UMES scored seven straight to gain a 9-8 advantage less than two minutes later. The lead seesawed back and forth for another five minutes before a pair of free throws by Hawk guard Chelsea Sanders put the visitors on top for the remainder of the half.
The America East Player of the Game, Brown scored 16 of her 24 points in the second half, including 12 in the final seven minutes, and she was 9-of-18 from the floor. She added a team-high seven rebounds, along with three assists and three steals. Kurowski finished with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while junior guard Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) scored a season-high 12 points on 5-of-6 from the floor and added three steals and a game-high five assists.
The Retrievers, who had struggled from the floor in the previous three games, shooting a combined 28.3 percent with just six 3-pointers, rebounded against the Lady Hawks. UMBC made 24 of 48 field goal attempts, including 14 of 23 (60.9 percent) in the second half, and drained a season-high 10 of 23 (43.5 percent) attempts from long distance.
The Retrievers return to action on Thursday, when they conclude a three-game homestand against George Mason at 7 p.m.
Notes: Brown moved into fourth place all-time at UMBC with 134 career 3-pointers, while Kurowski took over sole possession of seventh place with 129… Brown also moved into 17th place on the Retrievers' career scoring list with 1,037 points… Senior center Topé Obajolu(Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) moved into a tie with Monica Logan for second all-time with 123 career blocks.