Women’s Basketball Opens UMBC Versus Vermont Doubleheader
BALTIMORE – UMBC women’s basketball travels to Vermont on Saturday, Jan. 12 for the first of two games that feature the Retrievers and the Catamounts in America East Conference action. The UMBC women open the doubleheader at noon inside of Patrick Gymnasium, followed by the men at 3:00 p.m. Both games can be heard live on Q1370/www.q1370.com, with Paul Mittermeier on the call.
scouting the retrievers (5-11, 1-2 AE): UMBC dropped a tough one against New Hampshire on Wednesday, falling to New Hampshire, 63-62. The Retrievers turned the ball over a season-low seven times in the contest, but two came in the final 30 seconds of the contest, as the Wildcats avenged last season's 59-57 loss to the Retrievers in the America East Conference Quarterfinals. Sophomore guard Bria White led UMBC in scoring for the second straight game, tabbing career highs in points (22) and rebounds (nine) in the contest. Senior guard Brittany Crowell added 17 points, while senior guard Raven Harris finished in double-digit points for the third consecutive game with 13 points.
White and Crowell have led the Retrievers in scoring in 11 of 16 games this season and have scored in double-digits a combined 15 times on the year. White and Crowell rank in the top-eight in the league in scoring at 11.0 and 10.8 points per game, respectively. Crowell is adding a team-best 4.9 rebounds. Harris is doing a little bit of everything for UMBC this season, averaging 9.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 steals - ranking 11th in Division I - and 2.4 assists.
Head coach Phil Stern is in his 11th season at the helm of the Retrievers' program, after leading the black and gold to their second America East Championship game appearance last season. Following the graduation of 59.5 percent of the conference's highest scoring offense in 2011-12, UMBC (34 votes) was tabbed to finish sixth in the league behind Albany (61), Boston University (56), Hartford (54), New Hampshire (37) and Vermont (37).
scouting the catamounts (4-11, 1-1 AE): Vermont returns home for just the second time in seven games on Saturday when it hosts the Retrievers. The Catamounts squeaked out a 63-60 overtime victory against New Hampshire in their America East home opener on Jan. 2, but fell, 58-30, in their most recent contest to Boston University on Wednesday. Sophomore guard Tierra Shumpert scored a team-high 12 points for UVM, shooting 5-for-12 from the field.
Shumpert is averaging a team-best 13.5 points per game in Vermont's two conference games, on the season she is scoring 8.3 points per contest. Sophomore forward Niki Taylor is chipping in 8.1 points per game off the bench - having started in just six of the team's 15 games on the season. Senior forward Lauren Buschmann is pulling down a team-best 5.4 rebounds per game, to go with 7.8 points.
Inside the Series: UMBC has won four straight against Vermont, including a pair of victories last season. In the first meeting of 2011-12, the Retrievers got 20 points from Michelle Kurowski and 19 points from Kristin Coles in a 67-58 victory. The black and gold hosted the Catamounts on Senior Day at the RAC Arena in last year's regular season finale, as four Retrievers finished in double-digits in a 72-60 win.
On the horizon for the retrievers: The Retrievers conclude a three-game road trip at Hartford (Jan. 16) before taking Saturday, Jan. 19th off. UMBC returns home on Jan. 23 for its annual Midday Madness contest. The event will air live on ESPN3, as the Retrievers take on Stony Brook at the RAC Arena at noon.