UMBC Women’s Basketball Gets Lift From Sophomore’s in 62-57 Win Over Albany

January 13, 2010 |

After a first half that the team only managed 21 points in, the team managed to go into the break only down by five points. Neither team could take control of the game as their were eight lead changes and neither side lead by more than seven points. But after the break UMBC rallied off 41 points, 36 of which came from a quartet of sophomores.

Katie Brooks lead the team with 16 points, 14 of which came in the second half. Fellow sophomores Tope Obajola, Erin Brown and Michelle Kurowski scored 15, 12, and eight points, respectively.

While UMBC has a very talented sophomore class, to see them be this effective this early is encouraging that the team will not only be a contender in the future, but possibly now.

In 13 non-conference games Obajolu was just averaging 5.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. But she has stepped her game up in conference play as she is averaging 11 points and six rebounds in three games, which the team has gone 2-1.

While she saw action in 24 games last season she was used primarily for her defensive ability and because of that she is still in inexperienced offensive player. But with her continued emergence the team very well could be a serious contender this season because with an exception of Hartford, the conference relies on their guard play for wins. With UMBC already having four guards who can put up impressive numbers, developing a player inside to take the pressure off junior Meghan Colabella could be just what it takes for UMBC to get back to the NCAA tournament.