Baltimore, Md. - Senior Kirsten Jeter (Elmont, N.Y.) had 17 points and 10 rebounds but the UMBC Retrievers used a late 9-0 run to defeat the Stony Brook women's basketball team, 65-57, on Saturday at the RAC Arena.
Sophomore Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) added 11 points for the Seawolves, while Michelle Kurowski led four Retrievers in double-figures with 18 points. UMBC (13-9, 7-2 AE) entered the game averaging a league-low 12.9 turnovers during conference play but the Seawolves forced them into a season-high 27 turnovers.
The Seawolves (4-17, 1-8 AE) trailed 44-36 with eight minutes left but sophomore Juanita Cochran (Saginaw, Mich.) scored on a put-back and Landers followed with a three to bring SBU within three. Junior Whitney Davis (Muskegon, Mich.) hit a baseline jumper to bring SBU within one with four minutes to go.
But the Retrievers had an answer, out-scoring the Seawolves, 9-0 over the next three minutes to take a 57-47 lead with a minute left. Jeter ended the spurt with a lay-up and sophomore Amanda Corona (North Hollywood, Calif.) then hit a three with 40 seconds left to make it 59-52.
A Jeter jumper with 25 seconds left made it 60-54 but Brown made four free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the game for UMBC.
Both teams shot well from the field at the start as Stony Brook hit five of its first eight shots and UMBC hit five of its first seven shots. Stony Brook took a 12-10 lead on a three from junior Destiny Jacobs (Glen Burnie, Md.) before the Retrievers scored seven straight points to take a 17-12 lead.
Cochran ended the run with two free throws and Jeter followed with a jumper off a UMBC turnover to bring Stony Brook within one. But the Seawolves then went over five minutes without a point as the Retrievers built a 24-16 lead with 5:30 left.
The Seawolves came roaring back though, out-scoring the Retrievers, 9-0, over the next three minutes to take a 25-24 advantage. Meghan Colabella hit a long jumper from the right corner with 21 seconds remaining to send the teams into the break tied at 27.
Stony Brook trailed 33-32 four minutes into the second half following a free throw from Jeter but the Retrievers went on a 7-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 40-32 lead with 11:21 left.
The Seawolves are now off until Saturday, Feb. 5, when they host Vermont in a WBCA Pink Zone game. Tip from Pritchard Gymnasium is set for 2 p.m.