Three Retrievers Record Double-Doubles, but Women’s Basketball Falls at UNH, 75-68

Michelle Kurowski scored a season-high 26 points
Michelle Kurowski scored a season-high 26 points

DURHAM, N.H. – UMBC women's basketball junior Kristin Coles (Charles Town, W.Va./Notre Dame Academy/American), senior Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and freshman Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) each recorded a double-double, but it was not enough as the Retrievers lost to New Hampshire, 75-68, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. 

For Coles, who scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds, this is her third career double-double, while Chase (11 points, 11 assists) picks up her second.  Brown recorded her double-double scoring 16 points and picking up 10 rebounds.

Seniors Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) was also in double figures for UMBC (11-11, 5-4 America East) as well, netting a season-high 26 points.  Kurowski was named UMBC's America East Player of the Game.

The teams started the game by trading baskets, and the lead, with UMBC taking the largest lead of the half, a seven point gap, 21-14, following a three-point basket by Brown with 9:36 left in the half. 

New Hampshire (12-9, 5-4 America East) rallied almost immediately, however, tying the game at 21 after a 7-0 run capped by an old-fashion three-point play by Morgan Frame.  Frame, New Hampshire's America East Player of the Game, finished the day with a game-high 27 points.

The teams would tie the score four more times in the half, before the Wildcats took a one-point lead, 36-35, into the half, after Kurowski knocked down two free throws for the Retrievers.

The start of the second period closely mirrored the first, with the teams trading blows and the lead.  The Retrievers took their largest lead of the half, 47-44, following a lay-in by senior Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll).  UMBC was pegged back immediately as Denise Beliveau hit a three just 18 seconds later to knot the game for an eighth time.

UMBC would tie the score one more time, 49-49, but would never be able to take the lead again.  Leading by two with 55 second left, New Hampshire went 6-for-6 at the line to complete the win.

For the game, the Wildcats shot 44.6 percent (25-of-56), while the Retrievers scored on only 38.3 percent (23-of-60) of their attempts.

UMBC now returns home to continue its America East schedule on Wednesday against Albany.  Tip-off between the Retrievers and Great Danes is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the RAC.  Earlier this season, Albany topped UMBC, 53-41, at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.

Game Notes

-           With her 26 points, Michelle Kurowski, the America East active scoring leader, moved into 27th on the conference's all-time list with 1,545 career points.

-          After her three-point basket at the 9:36 mark in the first half, Erin Brown jumped to eighth on UMBC's all-time scoring list.  She now has 1,248 points.

-          Kristin Coles' 17 rebounds were a UMBC team-high for this season.

-          Lauren Chase's 11 assists match her career-high, set at Monmouth, with ranks 5th in school history for assists in a single game.  Jessie Brown holds the record, 13, which she set twice during the 2000-01 season.

-          Kurowski has now scored in double figures in the past eight games, a season-high.