Monday, January 3, 2011

Women's Hoops Rallies But Falls To UMBC, 65-52

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Kirsten Jeter (Elmont, N.Y.) tallied 14 points and 14 rebounds and the Stony Brook University women's basketball team cut a 17-point second half deficit to two but the UMBC Retrievers held on for a 65-52 victory in the America East opener for both teams on Monday at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Named the Seawolves America East Player of the Game, Jeter grabbed five of her season-high 14 boards on the offensive end. She also dished out four assists and had five steals.
Michelle Kurowski and Erin Brown led UMBC (7-7, 1-0 AE) with 19 points apiece. Kurowski was named the Retrievers America East Player of the Game.
The Seawolves (3-10, 0-1 AE) trailed 37-20 with just over 14 minutes left in the game following a jumper from Brown. But Stony Brook came roaring back behind Jeter, who scored seven points in a 16-1 Stony Brook run over the next five minutes that cut the UMBC deficit to two.
Tope Obajalu ended the Stony Brook spurt with a put-back hoop and Meghan Colabell then hit two free throws to make it 42-36. But sophomore Taylor Burner (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) answered with consecutive buckets to slice the UMBC lead back to two.
But Obajalu followed with an easy lay-up to spark a 14-5 UMBC run over the next six minutes that put the game away. The Retrievers shot 47.8 percent for the game including 68.2 percent in the second half.
UMBC scored the first nine points of the game before Jeter hit a long two for Stony Brook's first points of the contest. Sophomore Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) followed with a three to make it 9-5 almost seven minutes in.
Both teams struggled to score over the next several minutes as UMBC clung to a 12-7 lead with just less than seven minutes remaining. A short jumper from Jeter ended a five-minute Seawolves scoring drought before Brown ended a seven-minute UMBC scoring drought with her third three of the game to make it 15-9.

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But Landers connected on her second three and Murray then drilled a mid-range jumper to bring Stony Brook within one with four minutes until halftime. Sophomore Gerda Gatling (Woodbridge, Va.) tied the game at 16 with 2:45 remaining but Kurowski scored the final five points of the half to send UMBC into the break with a 21-16 lead.
UMBC scored the first six points of the second half to push its lead to 11 before sophomore Talisha Bridges (Kalamazoo, Mich.) scored Stony Brook's first hoop of the period. A lay-up from junior Destiny Jacobs made it 29-20 but UMBC then ran off eight straight points to its largest lead of the game with 14:21 remaining.
The Seawolves return to action on Thursday, traveling to take on Binghamton. Game time is set for 7 p.m.