With eight second left the two-time America East scoring champion Carlee Cassidy missed a lay-up to put the Retriever up by one with virtually no time for Coppin State to get another shot off. But the ball rimmed out and Coppin State’s Chanelle Downing grabbed the rebound to seal a win for the golden eagles.
While UMBC was never down by more than seven points, they never held a lead outside the first eight minutes.
Neither team shot the ball well. While Coppin State shot just 33.8% from the field, UMBC shot a terrible 30.5% in the game, and coughed up 25 turnovers.
Four Retrievers scored in double figures as Michelle Kurowski had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Carlee Cassidy scored 10 points with six rebounds.
Off the bench Katie Brooks, who was replaced in the starting lineup by two year starter Michele Brokans, and Erin Brown each added 11 points and a combined 12 rebounds.
Meghan Colabella returned to the starting lineup and came up just one point away from a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds. The only other points scored were from Chelsea Barker, who scored two.
The switch to put Brokans back at the point had both good and bad results. She does a great job running the floor (five assists and just two turnovers) and played great defense, but she is not a scoring threat (zero points). When Brokans’ sees the most minutes Brooks’ chances to score are limited. However it is too early to tell if it was a good or bad move because of what she does that Brooks doesn’t and what Brooks does that Brokans doesn’t.
Now with an even 4-4 record, UMBC has five more road games to close out 2009 and will take on local rival Loyola at 2:00 p.m. on December 20.