ALBANY, N.Y.—The UMBC women's basketball team (7-8, 1-1 AE) dropped a 53-41 decision to America East rival Albany (8-7, 2-0 AE) Wednesday evening at the Great Danes' SEFCU Arena.
Both teams got off to a slow start, combining to miss 11 of the first 14 shots of the game. But Albany heated up a bit after the first media timeout and used an 8-0 run to take an 11-4 lead at the 11:49 mark.
Despite struggling to find their rhythm offensively, the Retrievers were down just 15-11 with 7:42 to play and trailed 23-16 at halftime.
But Albany took control of the game at the start of the second period, as guard Ebone Henry scored 10 straight points for the Great Danes to give the hosts a 33-18 advantage at the 17:38 mark.
Albany took a game-high 18-point lead, 40-22, with 11:31 remaining before the Retrievers started to chip away with a 9-2 run, and a 3-pointer by junior guard Brittany Crowell (Brandywine, Md./Gwynn Park/James Madison) cut UMBC's deficit to single digits, 47-38, with 4:44 remaining.
The Retrievers got as close as eight with 1:52 to play on Crowell's third triple of the game, but the Great Danes scored the final four points of the contest on free throws.
Crowell was named UMBC's Player of the Game with a team-high 15 points, while senior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) added 10 on 4-of-6 shooting, including 2-of-4 from behind the arc. Junior guard Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) finished with eight points and a team-best nine rebounds.
Forster earned her team's Player of the Game honors with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four steals, while Henry also scored 15 points, with all but one coming in the second half.
The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, when they visit America East rival Maine.