BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball returns home to start the second half of its conference slate on Saturday, Feb. 1 when it hosts Maine at the RAC Arena. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m., with all the live action available free of charge on UMBCRetrievers.tv, courtesy of the America East digital network. Troy Green and Dan Levin will have the call on Q1370 (www.q1370.com).
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (2-18, 1-7 AEC): UMBC held the defending league champions to 65 points, its lowest point total in an America East game this season, but the Retrievers turned the ball over 23 times, which translated into 31 Great Dane points, and allowed 19 offensive rebounds to drop its seventh consecutive contest on Tuesday, 65-39. Freshman forward Amanda Hagaman scored a season-best 11 points off the bench for her second consecutive double-digit scoring performance, while the reigning America East Rookie of the Week Sara Tarbert finished with a team-best 12 points. Freshman guard Taylor McCarley chipped in seven points, eight rebounds, a season-best five assists and two steals.
Tarbert earned her third Rookie of the Week honors on Monday, after leading all the league's freshmen in scoring (18.0) and field goal percentage (.583). The Delta, Pa., native hit 10-of-15 shots at Stony Brook on Monday, Jan. 20 to reset her season-best with 26 points for her third 20-point performance of the season and chipped in her third consecutive double-digit effort in Saturday's contest versus Hartford. The forward leads the squad and ranks fifth in the league in scoring (12.8) and seventh in rebounding per game (6.9). McCarley, who has two rookie honors of her own, is second on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game.
SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS (10-11, 4-4 AEC): Maine has dropped three of its last four games, including Wednesday's heartbreaker to New Hampshire, 74-73. Despite the Black Bears shooting 55.4 percent from the floor, UNH's Elizabeth Belanger gave the Wildcats the last second victory on a fall away jumper. Sophomore forward Liz Wood tallied a team-best 18 points and added six rebounds, while Sophie Weckstrom and Ashleigh Roberts combined to chip in 25 points.
During league play, the Black Bears rank second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.343) and first in made three-point field goals per game (7.4). Sophomore guard Lauren Bodine is chipping in a conference-best 2.6 treys per league contest and is shooting at 47.4 percent from beyond the arc. Roberts is leading Maine's scoring attack, shooting 52.2 percent from the field for a team-best 13.8 points per game on the season, both ranking in the top-10 in the conference. Wood is chipping in 12.1 points per game, ninth in the league, and 6.1 rebounds, 11th in the America East.
Maine returned five letterwinners and four starters from last season's squad that finished ninth in the America East and registered a 4-24 overall record. Head coach Richard Barron welcomed back America East Co-Rookie of the Year Liz Wood in his third season at the helm of the program. The Black Bears were picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll.
2014 FIRST MEETING: UMBC freshman guard Taylor McCarley knocked down nine-of-12 free throws and reset her career high with 16 points, but Maine drained eight of its 12 three pointers in the opening half and cruised to a 68-39 victory in front of an ESPN3 audience on Jan. 8. Maine's Liz Wood finished with 17 points and Ashleigh Roberts scored her 1,000th career-point and finished with 12 points.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC holds an 11-10 advantage in the all-time series and has won seven of 10 meetings all-time on its home court against Maine. The Black Bears' victory versus the Retrievers in Jan. snapped UMBC's five-game win streak against Maine. The Retrievers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings against the Black Bears.
ON THE HORIZON FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC hits the road for a pair of road contests starting with a matchup at New Hampshire on Thursday, Feb. 6. The Retrievers have a quick turnaround, traveling to take on UMass Lowell on Saturday, Feb. 8.