Women's Basketball Closes Out Road Trip at Hartford on Wednesday
Harris led the Retrievers with 22 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals against Vermont on Saturday
BALTIMORE – UMBC women’s basketball concludes its three game road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 16 when it travels to Hartford. The Retrievers look for their first road win of the season and look to snap a two-game skid when they take on the Hawks at noon at Chase Arena.
scouting the retrievers (5-12, 1-3 AE): UMBC dropped a pair of heartbreakers last week, dropping contests to New Hampshire and Vermont by a combined four points. The Retrievers turned the ball over just seven times in the game against the Wildcats, but two came in the final 20 seconds of the contest, as UMBC came up short, 63-62. In Saturday's 63-60 loss to Vermont, the black and gold all but eliminated an 11-point deficit, coming within one point with 3:20 to go and again with five seconds to go, but the Retrievers could not get off the game-tying shot in the final 4.1 seconds.
Guards Bria White and Raven Harris each had a career-day during the week. White notched career-highs against the Wildcats, scoring 22 points and pulling down nine rebounds, while Harris tabbed career-highs in points (22), rebounds (eight) and assists (eight) and added five steals versus Vermont. Harris, who ranks ninth in Division I in steals per game (3.67), has played 149 of 160 possible minutes since conference play began and has scored double-digit points in all four contests. Classmate Brittany Crowell chipped in 17 points in each of the two contests last week and is scoring 11.1 points per game on the season.
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 hawks (11-6, 2-2 AE): After starting the conference schedule 0-2, Hartford won two straight last week, including victories over Maine and Stony Brook. Senior forward Nikkia Smith led the Hawks to a 52-37 win at Maine on Wednesday, finishing the game with 15 points and eight rebounds. Classmate Daphne Elliott led the way with 19 points in a 59-43 victory against Stony Brook on Saturday.
Smith is coming off the bench to average a team-best 11.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Elliott and junior guard Alyssa Englert are the only two players to have started all 17 games on the season. Elliott leads the team in steals (1.8 spg) and is adding 8.3 points, while Englert has a team-best 58 assists.
Inside the Series: UMBC split a pair of meetings last season, overcoming a 13-point deficit to earn a 71-59 victory on its home court, but fell 66-54 on the road. The Retrievers have picked up just one win on the road against the Hawks, a 53-48 victory on Feb. 20, 2011.
On the horizon for the retrievers: The Retrievers have a bye on Saturday, Jan. 19, but return home on Jan. 23 for their annual Midday Madness contest. The event will air live on ESPN3, as the Retrievers take on Stony Brook at the RAC Arena at noon. UMBC hosts Boston University (Jan. 26), followed by a matchup with Binghamton (Jan. 30) to close out the month.