BALTIMORE, MD. - The UMBC women's basketball team will kick-off the Athletics Hall of Fame festivities on Saturday by hosting America East rival Maine at the RAC. Tip-off between the Retrievers and Black Bears is scheduled for 1 p.m.
UMBC (11-12, 5-5 America East) defeated Maine (6-16, 3-6 America East) back in early January, 75-55, in Orono. Senior Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) led all scorers with 23 points, while a total of nine Retrievers got on the scoresheet.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is now 12-11 and 5-5 in America East play following Wednesday's loss to Albany, 65-63.
The Great Danes scored eight unanswered points in the final 29 seconds to pull off the last minute win.
Senior Michelle Kurowski led the Retrievers with 17 points, while classmate Topé Obajolu added 12 points.
UMBC has now lost three straight games for the first time since Nov. 2010, when the Retrievers lost to St. Joseph's, George Mason and Toledo.
Kurowski and Erin Brown, who leads the America East in scoring with 15.1 points per game, are two of just 12 Retrievers ever in the 1,000-point/500-rebound club.
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 wins in a season, and earned a berth in the WNIT after falling to Hartford in the America East semifinals.
BLACK BEAR UPDATE: Maine sits at seventh in the America East at 6-16 overall and 3-6 in conference play, after having the conference bye during the mid-week games. In the Black Bears' last game, a 48-47 win over Binghamton, Samantha Baranowski scored a career-high 20 points.