Women’s Basketball Cannot Come Back from First Half Deficit, Falls at Boston U., 61-56

Kristin Coles recorded her fourth double-double of the season
Kristin Coles recorded her fourth double-double of the season

BOSTON, MASS. – The UMBC women's basketball team outscored Boston U., 35-28, in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome a 12-point halftime deficit, as the Retrievers fell to the Terriers, 61-56, Wednesday night at Case Gymnasium. 

Freshman Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) scored 12 points in the second half to fuel the comeback, and finished with 14 points to be named UMBC's America East Player of the Game. She also grabbed four rebounds in the game.  Chase has now scored double digit points in a career-high four straight games.

Junior Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American) netted 13 points and grabbed ten rebounds to record her fourth double-double of the season.

Rashidat Agboola led Boston U. (21-7, 14-1 America East), scoring a career-high 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to win conference Player of the Game honors for the Terriers.

The hosts opened the game with the advantage, holding UMBC (14-14, 8-7, America East) without a bucket for almost seven minutes, taking a 10-0 lead on a jumper by Agboola at the 13:42 mark.  Senior Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) opened the Retrievers' account with a lay-in 28 seconds later.

After the Terriers built their lead back to 11, 13-2, the visitors ran off eight straight points to cut the lead down to three on a bucket by Coles with 10:28 left in the half. 

The game of runs continued, however, as Boston U. went on an 18-4 run to take a game-high lead of 17, 31-14, with 2:54 remaining.  Kurowski cut the lead back to 12, 33-21, with 35 second left in the half to provide the halftime margin.

To start the second period, UMBC could not make a dent in the Terriers' lead as the two teams traded baskets over the first three minutes.  The Retrievers then signaled their intent, using a 10-0 run to pull within four points, 39-35, following back-to-back three pointers by junior Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Ba./Princess Anne/American) and senior Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman).

Boston U. quickly pushed the lead back to ten, 45-35, with 12:46 left, but could not sustain the momentum, as UMBC tightened the gap to four, just two minutes later.

The two teams battled from there with the Retrievers able to cut the lead to just three, 52-49, after senior Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) grabbed an offensive rebound and made the put back with just over five minutes remaining.

The Terriers went five-of-six from the free throw stripe down the stretch, however, to preserve the lead and hold on for the win and sweep the season series.

UMBC now returns home to host America East rival Vermont for Senior Day on Saturday.  The Retrievers will celebrate the careers of their three seniors, Brown, Kurowski and Obajolu, as they play their final game at the RAC Arena.  Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Game Notes

-           Senior Michelle Kurowski was held to six points, snapping her career-long streak of 13 straight games scoring in double figures.

-          With her three-point basket at the 2:52 mark in the second half, Erin Brown moved into sixth all-time in UMBC history in scoring.  The senior has scored 1,314 points in her career.

-          Coles is now tied with Brown with four double-doubles this season to lead the Retrievers.  Obajolu has accomplished the feat three times, while Chase has two double-doubles this season.