Women’s Hoops Falls to UMBC, 75-55

Women’s Hoops Falls to UMBC, 75-55

New Rochelle, NY- UMBC's Michelle Kurowski poured in 25 points, while two others scored in double figures to help lead the Retrievers to a 75-55 victory over the Brown women's basketball game in the second game of the Iona Thanksgiving Tournament this afternoon. Sophomore Lindsay Nickel (Los Altos, CA) was named to the All-Tournament Team, after combining for 26 points, nine rebounds, and three steals in the two-day tournament. The Bears dropped to 2-4 on the year as UMBC improved to 2-5 on the year.

UMBC used 45 percent shooting from the field and 60 percent from beyond the arc to take an immediate first-half lead against the Bears and never looked back. After building a 12-5 lead just five minutes into the game, Brown sophomore Sheila Dixon drained a three pointer to cut its deficit to four. However, free throws by Tope Obajolu and a layup by Meghan Colabella pushed UMBC's lead back up to eight with 13:33 remaining in the first half.

A layup by Nickel brought the Bears within 10, 26-16, with just under five minutes left in the half, but a jump shot by Erin Brown and a three by Michelle Kurowski gave UMBC a 15-point advantage with 3:22 on the clock.

A free throw by junior Aileen Daniels and a layup by junior Lindsay Steele brought the Bears back within 12, but UMBC scored twice to earn a 36-20 lead heading into halftime.

Kurowski nailed her third three pointer of the game four minutes into the second stanza to take a 16-point lead, and Obajolu put in the next five points to gain a 48-29 lead at the 15:01 mark. Brown junior Hannah Passafuime drained a three pointer just 30 seconds later, but UMBC continued to build its lead and eventually win the game.

The Bears were led by freshman Lauren Clarke's 11 points, while Daniels and Passafuime each netted 10 points. Daniels led the team in rebounds with seven and handed out three assists.

Kurowski went 9-of-16 from the field for 25 points, and Erin Brown netted 14 and Colabella earned a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds for UMBC.