Women's Basketball

UMBC cruises past UMaine in second half

Posted Feb. 04, 2012, at 3:34 p.m.

BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland Baltimore County limited the University of Maine to 19 second-half points Saturday afternoon while pulling away for a 66-44 America East women’s basketball victory at the Retriever Activities Center.

The Retrievers led by seven points at halftime, then shut down the Black Bears to win comfortably.

UMBC (12-12, 6-5 AE) scored 15 points off 15 first-half turnovers by UMaine (6-17, 3-7 AE), which finished with 22 on the afternoon. The Retrievers placed four players in double figures, led by 18 from Erin Brown.

Michelle Kurowski contributed 15 points and nine rebounds, while Lauren Chase posted 12 points, six rebounds and six assists. Tope Obajolu added 10 points.

UMaine did not place any players in double figures. Senior forward Sam Baranowski led the way with nine points and a career-high 14 rebounds. She committed seven turnovers.

Courtney Anderson of Greene provided eight points and four assists, Brittany Williams had eight points and three assists and Danielle Walczak added six points. Becca Knight of Alfred chipped in with five points and five rebounds.

Walczak returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games with an injury. Amber Smith, who had sat out 10 games with an undisclosed illness, played four minutes for the Bears.

UMaine was within five points (34-29) after two Baranowski free throws with 17:33 remaining. The Bears scored only 15 points the rest of the way.

UMBC established a cushion by responding with a 9-0 scoring run. Brown scored twice during the surge, which ended when Ashleigh Roberts hit a jumper for UMaine with 12:15 to play to make it 43-31.

The Retrievers then rattled off 11 unanswered points, including five by Brown and four more from Chase as the hosts went up 54-31 with 9:38 left.

UMaine returns to action Wednesday with a home game against Boston University.

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