Sophomore guard Michelle Kurowski scored a game high 21 points as the UMBC women’s basketball team completed the season sweep of Albany with a 51-40 victory.
Despite being out-shot by Albany 41.7% – 33.3% in the first half of the game, the opposing Great Danes only managed to go into the half with a two point advantage over UMBC, largely dude to 15 defensive rebounds by the Retrievers, taking away the occasional missed shot by Albany.
But in the second half the UMBC women’s basketball team not only manage to pull ahead of their opponents, but they pulled away with improvements on both sides of the ball.
UMBC started the second half on a 13-2 run over the first seven minutes of the half, and left Albany scoreless for five minutes towards the end of the game.
The Retrievers however finally got their offense going. While they only scored seven more points than in the previous half, UMBC shot 50% from the field and went from shooting 50% from the free throw line in the first half to 75% from the line in the second half.
But it was the defense that really shined for UMBC. By slowing the pace down on offense the Retrievers allowed for less shots, and less misses. By doing this Albany had less possessions to score on and only managed to get 16 points after the break for 40 points in the game.
Tope Obajolu was second on the team with 11 points and five rebounds while senior guard Carlee Cassidy had a solid outing with six points, seven rebounds, and four assists.