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Women's Basketball Looks to Snap Skid at Home Friday Against Hampton
Crowell leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game.
BALTIMORE – UMBC women’s basketball looks to snap a three-game skid and get back to its winning ways when it returns home on Friday, Dec. 7 to take on Hampton. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the RAC Arena. All the action can be seen live on UMBCRetrievers.tv. Troy Green and Dan Levin have the call on Q1370/www.q1370.com.
scouting the retrievers (3-6): UMBC dropped its third straight - all on the road - on Wednesday night against VCU. The Retrievers, who trailed by five at the half, shot 14.3 percent from the floor in the second stanza and went on to fall, 70-41 to the Rams. UMBC, who was missing three of its starters, failed to put anyone in double-digit points, while the Rams had three finish in double-figures led by freshman guard Jessica Pellechio's 20 points. Senior guard Brittany Crowell finished with a team-best nine points and five rebounds for UMBC, while senior guard Raven Harris chipped in seven points, six steals, five rebounds and three assists.
The Retrievers have allowed 10-plus threes in each of the last four games - a total of 44 treys - and have been outscored 248-144 in the last three games. UMBC's schedule does not look to be easing up, as Hampton knocked down 14 shots from beyond the arc in last season's 75-47 victory.
UMBC have three players averaging in double-digit points throughout the season, led by sophomore guard Lauren Chase (13.6 ppg). Crowell is pulling down a team-best 5.9 rebounds to go with 11.3 points. Harris is contributing across the board for the Retrievers, averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 steals, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Sophomore guard Bria White, who returned to the starting lineup against VCU, is adding 10.9 points.
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 pirates (6-3, 2-0 MEAC): Hampton snapped a three-game losing streak with back-to-back conference road wins. The Lady Pirates opened December with a 59-46 win against South Carolina State on Saturday. Sophomore guard Kenia Cole had a career day, leading Hampton with 20 points and five assists - both career bests. Senior forward Keiara Avant added her sixth double-double of the season, with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Avant fell just short of her seventh double-double in a dominant win against Savannah State on Monday, leading the way 22 points and nine rebounds in a 70-40 victory.
Avant leads the country in double-doubles on the season and is averaging team-bests in points (17.2 ppg) and rebounds (10.2 rpg). The senior is shooting 44.4 percent from the floor and 83.8 percent from the charity stripe. Junior guard Nicole Hamilton is leading the team in assists (44) and steals (24) to go along with 10.9 points per game. The Lady Pirates are holding a +7.1 turnover margin, forcing their opponents to 22.8 turnovers per game.
On the horizon for the retrievers: After a 13-day hiatus, the Retrievers travel to UMES on Dec. 21 before breaking for the holidays. UMBC will conclude its non-conference schedule at the Hawk Classic where the Retrievers will battle Wagner (Dec. 28) and face either Fairfield or host St. Joseph's on Dec. 29. UMBC opens America East action on at home on Wednesday, Jan. 2 against defending league champion Albany, in a rematch of the 2012 championship game.