CLEVELAND, Ohio – UMBC senior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) was named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar Athlete Team for the second consecutive year, the organization announced. Kurowski was selected to this team last year for her performance in the classroom, as well as on the court, and it is her third such recognition of the year as she has already been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team and the America East All-Academic squad. She was selected to the Lowes Senior CLASS Award Second Team.
An All-America East Second Team selection, in addition to a member of the America East All-Tournament Team, Kurowski finished her career at UMBC ranked second in school history with 1,690 career points. This season she finished fifth in the America East in scoring, averaging 13.3 points per game while leading UMBC to the America East championship game. She also led the league in free throw percentage while ranking ninth in the NCAA with a .889 success rate at the line. She also led the Retrievers in steals with 57 swipes this year.
In addition to ranking second in school history in points, Kurowski places 18th all-time in America East history with her total. Also, Kurowski is one of only 12 Retrievers, along with classmate Erin Brown, to ever record 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career. Her 663 career rebounds puts her at tenth on the school's all-time list.
The senior also completes her career ranked among the top-10 in school history in multiple categories. She holds the school record for most games started (118), minutes played (4,131) and free throws made (383) while placing second in field goals (577) and free throw percentage (.857) to go along with her career mark in points.
Kurowski scored in double-figures in 25 of the Retrievers' 32 games, including a career-best streak of 13 consecutive games from Jan. 4 to Feb. 19.
In addition to her accomplishments on the court, Kurowski has excelled in the classroom, as well. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in three years from UMBC with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in social welfare while maintaining a 3.84 grade-point-average. This year, Kurowski earned a 4.0 in her first semester of graduate school while pursuing a teaching certificate and a master's degree in early childhood education.
During her undergraduate years, Kurowski was named to the President's List three times for earning a 4.0 in a semester and was awarded Semester Academic Honors every semester at UMBC.
Last season, Kurowski became the first UMBC women's basketball player to ever be recognized on the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar Athlete Team, which has now been in existence for ten years.
Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for the Scholar-Athlete Team. Each of the nominees must have a minimum GPA of 3.20 in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve. She must have reached junior athletics and academic standing at the nominating institution and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games.
2011-12 Division I-AAA Women's Scholar Athlete Team
Maggie Blair, Manhattan
Tara Booker, George Washington
Courtney Chihil, Florida Gulf Coast
Lily Grenci Siena,
Alexandra Hall Hartford,
Dayon Hall-Jones, Missouri-Kansas City
Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast
Michelle Kurowski, UMBC
Kevi Luper, Oral Roberts
Anna Martin, DePaul
Julie Wojta, Wisconsin-Green Bay