BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball looks to snap its recent skid as it hits the road for the first of four consecutive games away from the RAC Arena when the Retrievers take on Robert Morris on Saturday, Nov. 23. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. at the Charles L. Sewall Center.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (1-3): After winning its season-opener, UMBC has dropped three straight contests, including Wednesday's 60-39 loss to American. The Retrievers outscored and outrebounded the Eagles in the second half, but an 18-2 first half run coupled with American shooting 51.9 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three-point range in the opening period proved to be the difference. UMBC started five freshmen for the first time in the Phil Stern era, led by the reigning America East Rookie of the Week Sara Tarbert, who led all scorers with 17 points, while chipping in eight rebounds, two blocks and two assists. Freshman guard Emily Russo added eight points, five rebounds and a game-high three steals.
Tarbert has shined through the first four games of her career, hitting double-digit points in four straight games to rank second in the America East in scoring (19.5), while pulling down 8.0 rebounds per game to rank third in the league. Russo is shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc and is averaging 8.5 points per game. Freshman Amanda Hagaman has proved to be more aggressive over the last two games, corralling 6.5 rebounds per contest, including 3.5 boards per game on the offensive end.
SCOUTING THE COLONIALS (2-1): After opening up the season with a two-point loss (65-63) against Hofstra, Robert Morris cruised to a pair of victories against Marshall and Coppin State last week, led by the Northeast Conference Player of the Week Artemis Spanou. The senior forward shot 69 percent from the floor, on top of becoming the program's all-time leading rebounder with 1,127 boards in her career.
The Colonials have a pair of double-digit scorers, including the reigning NEC Player of the Year Spanou, who is averaging a double-double at 21.3 points and 14.7 rebounds through three games. Spanou has the second-longest double-double streak in NCAA Division I history at 27 games and is also leading the team in assists (12) and blocks (six). Anna Stamolamprou is adding 11.7 points per contest, having made a team-best eight three-pointers.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC takes on Robert Morris for the first time since departing the Northeast Conference following the 2002-03 season. The Retrievers hold a slight advantage over the Colonials, winning six of 11 all-time meetings. Only the series opener on March 1, 1990 was not a Northeast Conference game. UMBC has won five of the last six meetings against Robert Morris, including the latest matchup, a 57-40 victory on Feb. 15, 2003.
ON THE HORIZON FOR THE RETRIEVERS: The Retrievers continue their four-game roadtrip with a matchup at local-rival Towson on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Following the Thanksgiving break the Retrievers head to the Navy Classic on Nov. 29 and 30, where they will take on Rider and Brown.