BALTIMORE — Erin Brown poured in a career-high 26 points, including four clinching free throws in the final 25 seconds, to help the University of Maryland Baltimore County hold on for a 56-49 America East women’s basketball victory over UMaine on Saturday afternoon.
The Retrievers (14-10, 8-3 AE) avenged an earlier loss to the Black Bears by scoring 18 points as a result of 17 turnovers by the visitors.
UMaine (3-20), 1-10 AE) suffered its eighth consecutive setback.
UMBC was never able to push beyond its 10-point first-half lead, but did manage to maintain a lead throughout the contest. The hosts repelled a second-half comeback attempt by the Bears, who were within one possession on four different occasions.
Junior Samantha Baranowski spearheaded one key charge, hitting at jumper at the 3:23 mark and sinking two free throws with 2:15 remaining to get UMaine within 49-47.
The Bears were unable to equalize after a UMBC miss as Amber Smith missed a jumper and the Bears committed a subsequent turnover. Smith came back with a steal, but Katelyn Vanderhoff missed a shot that led to a Baranowski foul with 41 seconds to play.
Tope Obajolu made one of two from the foul line, before an Ashleigh Roberts turnover gave UMBC the ball back. Brown’s two free throws with 25 seconds left helped secure the victory.
Brown went 8-for-8 from the foul line and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Retrievers, who got 15 points from Michelle Kurowski and 12 from Obajolu. UMBC shot only 31 percent (17-for-55) from the floor, but hit six 3-pointers.
Smith registered a double-double for UMaine with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Corinne Wellington provided 12 points and nine rebounds. Roberts contributed 10 points and nine boards.
The Bears outrebounded the Retrievers 46-33, but went 1-for-11 from beyond the 3-point line.