BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball travels to cross-town rival Coppin State on Wednesday, Nov. 13 for a noon tip-off at CSU's Physical Education Complex.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (1-0): Head coach Phil Stern is in his 12th season at the helm of the Retrievers' program and is 12 victories away from becoming the program's all-time winningest coach. The Retrievers are coming off a 59-50 victory in their season-opener against Eastern (Pa.) on Monday. Freshman forward Sara Tarbert became the first Retriever rookie in this decade and the first America East freshman since 2010 to register a double-double in her collegiate debut. Tarbert finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds against the Eagles, while fellow-freshman Emily Russo added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. Sophomore center Bridget O'Donnell posted career-highs in points (13), rebounds (five) and blocks (four).
SCOUTING THE EAGLES (1-1): Coppin State moved to 1-1 on the season with Sunday afternoon's 75-43 victory against Cheyney. Senior Kyra Coleman registered a game-high 19 points for the second consecutive game, while classmates Ashle Craig and Larisa Carter chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds, respectively. Craig is averaging 8.5 points after two games and Carter is nearly adding a double-double at 10.5 points and 8.0 boards.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC owns a 12-10 advantage in the all-time series, having won three of the last five matchups. The two have met every season since 2005, with the Eagles owning a slight, 4-3 advantage during the span. The home team has won 15 times in the series.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST THE EAGLES: UMBC's Brittany Crowell and Lauren Chase each picked up double-doubles as five Retrievers scored in double figures in an 83-75 overtime victory. Crowell finished with 19 points and a game-high 17 rebounds and Chase poured in a team-best 22 points and dished out 10 assists, but it was Raven Harris who drained the go-ahead three in overtime with the shot clock expiring that proved to be the difference maker. Harris' three broke a 74-74 tie with 2:32 to go and gave UMBC a three-point lead that it would not relinquish as the Retrievers outscored Coppin State 13-5 in the extra period.
ON THE HORIZON FOR THE RETRIEVERS: The Retrievers return home to take on UMES on Saturday, Nov. 16 to cap off its first week of action. UMBC remains home when it battles American on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Three of UMBC's first four games of the season are played on its home court, but the Retrievers finish out the month with four consecutive games away from the RAC Arena, including a pair of games in the Navy Classic on Nov. 29 and 30.