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Retrievers Head to Vermont for Rematch with Catamounts
Heather Luttrell tied a season high with eight points to help lead UMBC's 19-point comeback on Saturday.
The UMBC women's basketball team (12-14, 5-8 America East) travels to Burlington, Vt., to take on Vermont (16-9, 6-6 America East) Tuesday evening at Patrick Gymnasium. Tip-off is 7 p.m. Video streaming is available for $6 at https://www.b2livetv.com/hockey/college-AmericaEast-wbasketball/vermont/billnow.asp.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers have won two of their last three games after a thrilling 19-point come-from-behind victory over New Hampshire on Saturday. Senior forward Sharri Rohde is the only player in the league to rank in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and assists, and UMBC is the only team in the conference with four players ranking among the league’s top 20 scorers, as three are averaging double figures. The Retrievers rank 18th in the country in turnovers. Rohde leads the team with 12.9 ppg and 6.3 rpg.
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: Vermont (16-9) has lost three of its last four games and is coming off a 77-67 loss to Binghamton on Saturday. The Catamounts are the only team in the country at the Division I level to have two freshmen as the top two scorers on the team, as Courtney Pilypaitis and May Kotsopoulos are averaging 13.3 ppg and 10.3 ppg, respectively. The pair have won a combined eight America East Rookie of the Week awards this season. At 6-6 in league play, the Catamounts are tied with Binghamton for third place in the America East standings, a half game ahead of Boston University and Maine and a game and a half ahead of UMBC.
Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers play their final road game of the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 24, when they take on Maine in Orono.
Inside the Series: Tuesday's game marks the eighth all-time meeting between UMBC and Vermont, and the Catamounts hold a 5-2 series advantage. The first meeting occurred on Jan. 31, 2006, a 65-55 victory for host UMBC. The
Catamounts then won the next four games in the series before UMBC won, 72-63, on Feb. 12, 2006, at RAC Arena. The Retrievers are 0-3 all-time at Patrick Gymnasium.
In the last meeting, Jan. 31, 2007, the Catamounts defeated the Retrievers, 46-38, at RAC Arena. Both teams’ points totals were season lows, and the Retrievers scored less than 40 points for the first time in nearly two years. UMBC’s .283 field goal percentage (15-for-53) is also the lowest of the season and marked the first time the Retrievers shot below 30 percent in almost two seasons. Vermont did not fare much better from the floor, however, connecting on just 31.9 percent (15-for-47) of its field goal attempts. Vermont’s May Kotsopoulos led all scorers with 11 points, while UMBC junior forward Amanda Robinson led the Retrievers with nine points and nine rebounds.