UMBC women stun top-seeded BU, advance to America East title game

Retrievers will face second-seeded Albany on Saturday with NCAA tournament berth on the line

March 05, 2012|Baltimore Sun staff

The UMBC women’s basketball program will play for the America East tournament championship this weekend.

Behind senior Michelle Kurowski’s game-high 25 points, the fifth-seeded Retrievers stunned top-seeded Boston University, 77-61, in the conference semifinals Sunday at the University of Hartford.

UMBC (17-14) will travel to Albany to take on the second-seeded Great Danes on Saturday at 8 p.m. Albany advanced to the championship game after a 58-50 win over sixth-seeded Binghamton in the semifinals. Saturday’s UMBC-Albany winner will move on to the NCAA tournament.

Topé Obajolu, a Randallstown native, aided the Retrievers’ effort Sunday with 13 points, while Erin Brown chipped in with 11 points. Kurowski was 8-for-18 from the floor, including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. The Retrievers’ 77 points were a season high, besting their 75-point effort in a win over Maine in January.

Saturday’s game against Albany will be UMBC’s second America East finals appearance. The Retrievers beat Hartford, 48-46, in 2007 for the title.

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