When the UMBC women’s basketball took the floor on Friday night, nobody gave them a change to win. They were taking on a much more talented team with a coach going for her 700th win. While they did not come up with a win, they certainly had a chance to win and far exceeded any expectations anybody had for them. With just eight minutes left in the game UMBC had a one point lead, 48-47, but Virginia showed why they are nationally ranked and went on a 13-point run over the next five minutes and eventually got the 68-57 victory.
Michelle Kurowski scored a game-high 21 points against Virginia.
Three Retrievers scored in double figures in the game, none of which were the America East’s two time scoring champion Carlee Cassidy, who scored nine points in the game. Rather is was sophomore guard Michelle Kurowski, junior forward Meghan Colabella, and sophomore swingman Erin Brown.
Kurowski lead all players with 21 points, adding seven rebounds and a perfect 7-7 performance from the foul line.
Brown was second on the team in points (11) and rebounds (eight). But it was Colabella who was UMBC’s top player, kicking off the season with a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and a crowd roaring block of a Ariana Moorer lay-up early in the game.
Meghan Colabella kicked off the 2009-2010 season with a double-double against #14 Virginia.
While UMBC played well, they could have won the game. They lost because of 21 turnovers and 11 missed free throws in an 11 point game. But still they looked impressive and held their own against Virginia and have something to keep their head up for. They truly look like a team that can make a big splash this season.