Hartford’s Long-Range Shooting Fells Women’s Basketball, 66-54

Michelle Kurowski has now scored in double figures in 13 consecutive games
Michelle Kurowski has now scored in double figures in 13 consecutive games

WEST HARTFORD, CONN. – UMBC women's basketball freshman Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) scored a team-high 15 points, but the Retrievers could not overcome Hartford, falling, 66-54, Sunday afternoon at the Chase Family Arena.

Chase also dished out three assists and grabbed two rebounds to be named UMBC's America East Player of the Game.

Hartford connected on nine three-point shots, including four by Amber Bepko, to outscore UMBC 27-3 from behind the arc.  Bepko finished with a game-high 18 points for the Hawks.

Much like the game earlier this season in Baltimore, neither team could grab much of a lead in the first half.  UMBC took the initiative on the road, jumping to a quick lead, 4-0, after a jumper by senior Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville).

Hartford then fought back with 12-6 run to take its first lead of the game, 12-10, with 11:29 left in the half. 

The Hawks built their biggest lead of the half, 21-14, after Bepko's second three-point basket of the game. The Retrievers rallied almost immediately however, and cut the lead to just one going into the break, after Chase made an acrobatic runner with just two seconds remaining.

The two squads traded buckets to open the second period with Kurowski sinking a lay-up to cut the lead to two, 35-33, at the 17:04 mark.

Hartford then ran off 11 straight points to stake a 13 point cushion, 46-33.  UMBC fought back though, and cut the lead to just three, 48-45, after junior Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) cut into the lane for a lay-up.

The Hawks rallied quickly and held off the Retrievers, building a game-high 14 point lead, with just under a minute remaining.

UMBC returns to the court on Wednesday to take on America East leading Boston U. at Case Gymnasium. Tip-off in Boston is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Game Notes:

-           With her 12 points, Michelle Kurowski has now scored in double digits in 13 straight games.

-          Kurowski also recorded three steals to move into fourth all-time in UMBC history with 192 steals.

-          Lauren Chase tied her career-long streak with three straight games in double figures.