Big Second Half Leads Women’s Basketball Past Binghamton

Lauren Chase scored 16 points with dishing out five assists
Lauren Chase scored 16 points with dishing out five assists

BALTIMORE, MD. – The UMBC women's basketball team (14-12, 8-5 America East) erased a two- point halftime deficit and outscored Binghamton, 39-24, in the second half to beat the Bearcats, 63-50, Wednesday evening at the RAC Arena.

Freshman Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist), UMBC's America East Player of the Game, scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half to help spark the Retrievers' comeback.  She also dished out five assists and grabbed three rebounds in the game.

Senior Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) scored 16 points against Binghamton (12- 15, 6-8 America East) to extend her career-long streak of games in double digit scoring to 12.

Neither team started the game in much of a rhythm with Binghamton shooting just 29.6 percent (8-of 27), while the Retrievers only managed a 34.8 shooting percentage (8-of-23) in the opening period.   It was the visitors though, who controlled the first half, paced by America East Player of the Game Andrea Holmes' 15 points.  The senior finished with a game-high 22 points.

With the teams tied at eight, the Bearcats took charge, building their biggest lead of the half, 16-10, after a free throw by Holmes.  After UMBC cut the lead to one, 21-20, Binghamton quickly scored five straight points to once again bolter its lead.  Chase closed the gap just before half though with a quick move in the lane, to leave the Retrievers behind by just two, 26-24, at the break.

Binghamton took the initiative in the second half as well, jumping to an eight point lead, 34- 26, after two more Holmes free throws with 16:26 left.   UMBC then went on a 20-3 run, sparked by seven points from both Chase and Kurowski, to take its first lead since early in the first half.  Taking the lead, 40-39, on a three-point play by junior Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne/American), the Retrievers would not trail again in the game.

UMBC's seven point lead, 46-39, was cut almost immediately, however, with Viive Rebane tying the game for a fifth time with a layup at the 9:18 mark.

The Retrievers then ran off 12 straight points, including six by Chase, to take a commanding lead, 58-46, with just 3:53 remaining in the game.  The Bearcats could not recover from there, as the Retrievers finished off the scoring with a free throw from Kurowski, to provide the final 13 point margin, 63- 50.

UMBC now heads to Hartford to take on the Hawks who have won six straight games.  Tip-off at Chase Arena is schedule for 12 p.m. on Sunday with the game being aired nationally on CBS Sports.

GAME NOTES:

-             With her first field goal of the game, Michelle Kurowski moved into 23rd all-time on the America East scoring list.  The senior now has scored 1,607 points in her career.

-           Lauren Chase has recorded five or more assists in each of the past five games.

-           Kurowski has played all forty minutes 21 times in her career.