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Record Crowd Cheers On Retriever Women

UMBC beats Stony Brook before a record crowd of 2,905 at the RAC Arena Wednesday afternoon.

On weeknights, UMBC usually plays at home. But one of its more popular basketball programs comes the starting times are shifted.

The popularity showed again Wednesday when the Retrievers took on Stony Brook in a "Midday Madness" game where they brought in hundreds of local elementary and middle school students.

They helped make up a record crowd of 2,905 at the RAC Arena and watched UMBC top the Sea Wolves, 70-59. 

The crowd was loud and raucous, and it certainly seemed to help the injury-plagued Retrievers, who needed some help after losing three straight, close games. 

It was a record for women's basketball at the arena.

"It was a great atmosphere," UMBC coach Phil Stern said in the post-game press conference.  

Senior guard Brittany Crowell led the way by tying a career-high with 25 points. 

This is the eighth time that UMBC has done the Midday Madness, and the kids always seem to enjoy watching the games. 

In addition, the game was televised on ESPN3. 

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