BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball continues its four-game road swing on Tuesday, Nov. 26 when it travels to battle local-rival Towson. Game time is set 5 p.m. at SECU Arena, followed by a 7:30 p.m. matchup between the Retrievers' men's basketball team taking on the Tiger men.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (1-4): Despite the Retrievers holding the Northeast Conference preseason favorite Robert Morris to 29.5 percent shooting from the floor, UMBC fell on Saturday, 51-39, for its fourth consecutive loss. Freshman guard Taylor McCarley led UMBC in scoring with nine points, while rookie forward Sara Tabert battled double-teams to contribute eight points and seven rebounds.
Tarbert recorded double-digit points in her first four games of the season and is averaging 17.2 points per game on the year. The first-year forward ranks first in the America East in minutes per game (38.2), is second in scoring and third in rebounding (7.8). Freshman point guard Emily Russo is chipping in 8.0 points per game and 4.4 rebounds.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS (1-4): Towson has dropped four of its first five games, including Saturday's 90-53 loss to No. 8 Maryland. The Tigers only victory of the season came in the form of a 20-point win against Manhattan on Nov. 16. Senior guard Tanisha McTiller led Towson against the Terps with a season-high 25 points, while sophomore guard Dominique Johnson chipped in 11 points and five assists.
McTiller nearly has 100 points on the season through five games, as she is averaging a team-best 19.8 points to go with 9.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Red-shirt junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen is shooting 40.3 percent from the floor and is also contributing double-digit points for the Tigers, at 13.2 points and pulling down 7.0 boards a game.
INSIDE THE SERIES: Towson has won two in a row in the series, including last year's 62-44 victory at the RAC Arena, in which the Retrievers shot just 29.1 percent from the floor. The Retrievers have won just four times against the Tigers on Towson's home court, but this will be the first time UMBC will travel to the newly constructed SECU Arena. UMBC and Towson competed against each other 10 times in Big South Conference games from 1991 to 1995 and met for a Big South Tournament game in 1993.
ON THE HORIZON FOR THE RETRIEVERS: Following the Thanksgiving break the Retrievers head to the Navy Classic on Nov. 29 and 30, where they will take on Rider and Brown. UMBC takes a week off before returning home for its only game at the RAC Arena in the month of December on Saturday, Dec. 7 when it takes on VCU.