Women’s Basketball Takes on Stony Brook in Home Finale
BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball concludes its regular-season home slate on Wednesday, Feb. 19 when it welcomes Stony Brook for its annual Play4Kay contest. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the RAC Arena, with all the live action available at UMBCRetrievers.tv, courtesy of the America East digital network. Donations for Play4Kay can be made on UMBCRetrievers.com.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (3-22, 2-11 AEC): UMBC snapped an 11-game skid with Sunday's 77-62 victory against Vermont. The Retrievers shot a season-best 56.1 percent from the floor and had five players score in double-figures en route to scoring a season-best 77 points. Freshman guard Taylor McCarley matched a season-best with 18 points, including 10-of-12 free throw attempts, while sophomore guard Liz McNaughton matched a career-best with 12 points.
Over the last three games, the Retrievers have shot over 50 percent in five of six periods and have shot 48.9 percent overall during the span. UMBC has worked the ball inside to score 31.3 of its 58.0 points per game inside the paint during the spurt, but the Retrievers have turned the ball over 22.0 times a game.
Freshman forward Sara Tarbert tied Michelle Kurowski (2008-09) for the most America East Rookie of the Week honors for a UMBC freshman on Monday after earning her fourth AEC recognition of the season. Tarbert shot 53.8 percent from the floor for the week and averaged 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in all 80 minutes of action.
SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES (18-7, 9-3 AEC): Stony Brook has won its last three contests and enters the week in third place in the America East standings. The Seawolves are coming off a 79-68 victory at UMass Lowell on Saturday, behind a trio of double-double performances. Senior guard Chikilra Goodman led with 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, while senior guard Teasha Harris scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Jessica Ogunnorin registered 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Seawolves are the second-highest scoring offense in the America East, averaging 65.7 points per game, while also ranking third in scoring defense (60.1). Junior forward Sabre Proctor leads SBU's offense with 15.0 points per game, second in the league. Goodman, this week's America East Co-Player of the Week, is contributing 12.0 points per game (ninth in the conference) and a team-best 7.9 rebounds (third in the AEC).
The Seawolves registered the seventh-best turnaround in the country in 2012-13 after posting a 10-win increase from 2011-12 under second-year head coach Beth O'Boyle. SBU finished the season with a 14-16 overall mark and tied for fourth with a 6-10 league mark. Stony Brook returns eight letterwinners and two starters from a season ago to earn enough votes for third-place in the AEC preseason poll.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC holds the slight 12-11 advantage in the all-time series versus Stony Brook. SBU's 66-62 victory in the season's first meeting snapped a seven-game UMBC win streak over the Seawolves. The teams have played to an even 5-5 record all-time in Baltimore.
2014 FIRST MEETING: UMBC came within three points of Stony Brook with 4.8 seconds to go on freshman guard Emily Russo's only trey of the contest after trailing by as many as 18 in the second half, but the Retrievers' comeback ran out of time against the Seawolves, falling 66-62. UMBC shot 55.6 percent from the floor, including 68.0 percent in the second half, and received a career-high 26 points from freshman forward Sara Tarbert. The Retrievers turned the ball over 23 times, transitioning into 31 points for Stony Brook. SBU's Chikilra Goodman hit 13 of her 14 free throw attempts to finish with 22 points and nine rebounds.
ON THE HORIZON FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC concludes the regular-season with a pair of road contests, starting with a matchup at Hartford on Saturday, Feb. 22.