The UMBC women’s basketball team was without coach Phil Stern, who could not travel to Durham, New Hampshire because of an illness, but under the direction of his top assistant, Billi Godsey, the team avenged a home loss earlier in the season by beating New Hampshire, 54-40, in Lundholm Gym.
As expected there were several changes in the starting lineup as the team has been struggling. Michelle Kurowski and Michele Brokans each re-entered the starting lineup, replacing Chelsea Barker and Meghan Colabella.
Kurowski scored 12 points in 35 minutes of action while Brokans may not have scored, but she picked up three steals, grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists, and held fellow point-guard Amy Simpson scoreless in the game.
Guard duo Katie Brooks and Carlee Cassidy each scored 17 points in the victory. Brooks also had five assists but more importantly she did not turn the ball over in her 37 minutes. Cassidy played all 40 minutes of the game, made five three-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds.
But the changes did not stop at the starting five, the rotation that went as many as 10 deep was cut to just seven as only Colabella and Erin Brown saw time off the bench.
While neither team could break away in the first half, UMBC took an eight point lead at the half to a 19 points lead with just three minutes left in the game after holding the Wildcats without a score for five minutes during the second half.
With the win UMBC improves to 5-7 and is in sixth place, just a half a game behind Binghamton and Stony Brook, who hold head-to-head tie breakers over the Retrievers.