BLACKSBURG, Va.—Senior guard Michelle Kurowski(Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) scored 15 points, but the UMBC women's basketball team (6-6) dropped a 62-51 decision to High Point (5-5) Wednesday evening at Virginia Tech's Cassell Coliseum on the first day of the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Classic.
The Panthers scored the first seven points of the game, but the Retrievers responded with 10 of the next 12 to take a 10-9 lead at the 13:13 mark. But with UMBC up by three, 17-14, with 8:39 to play in the first half, High Point used an 11-0 run over the next 5:39 to pull ahead, 25-17.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Kurowski and junior guard Brittany Crowell (Gwynn Park, Md./Brandywine/James Madison) sparked an 8-0 Retriever run that tied the game just 90 seconds later, but the Panthers scored the final four points of the half to take a 29-25 lead at the break.
The teams alternated baskets for the first two minutes of the second stanza before a Kurowski layup at the 17:30 mark ignited a 9-0 UMBC spurt that gave the Retrievers a 36-33 advantage. But High Point used a 14-4 run over the next three minutes to take control of the game, 47-40, with 11:21 to go.
The Retrievers pulled to within four points, 55-51, on a layup by junior guard Raven Harris(Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne/American) with five minutes remaining, but they would not score again. The Panthers also struggled from the floor in the final minutes, as a jump shot by guard Erin Reynolds 16 seconds later proved to be their last field goal, as the teams combined to miss the final 12 attempts from the floor, but High Point made five of six free throws in the final 55 seconds to seal the win.
Kurowski's 15 points came on 7-of-11 shooting, and she added six rebounds. Senior forwardErin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) saw her 20-game double-digit scoring streak come to an end, as she tallied seven points, but she pulled down a career-high 14 boards. Harris contributed four assists and nine points on 4-of-5 shooting.
High Point forward Shamia Brown led four Panthers in double figures with 21 points and nine rebounds, while center Cheyenne Parker recorded a double-double with 15 points and 14 boards to go along with five blocks.
High Point outrebounded UMBC, 45-40, and scored 17 points off 16 offensive rebounds. The Retrievers capitalized on 15 Panther turnovers for 18 points. Both teams were 22-of-63 from the floor, but High Point took 15 more foul shots than UMBC, which proved to be the difference in the game.
The Retrievers will next face the loser of the Virginia Tech/Cincinnati game on Thursday evening, the second day of the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Classic. Check UMBCRetrievers.com for game time.