Women's Basketball Travels to American for Wednesday Night Matchup

Women's Basketball Travels to American for Wednesday Night Matchup

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BALTIMORE, Md. - After spending the last four games at home, the UMBC women's basketball team will head out on the road to face American on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in a 7 p.m. battle. In their last game out, the Retrievers fell, 69-58, to Princeton on Nov. 27 to close out the homestand. 

Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC is on a three-game losing streak after falling most recently to Princeton, 69-58 on Nov. 27. Despite close shooting percentages (42.2 to 41.5), the Retrievers could not overcome a 40-21 second half by the Tigers.

-Senior forward Pandora Wilson led the team offensively with 21 points, going 8-13 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. Junior forward Lakiah Sims posted her second 17-point performance of the season while also collecting a team-high seven rebounds.

-On the season, the Retrievers are averaging 60.2 ppg and 36.4 rpg, while ranking second among America East teams in defensive rebounds (28.0 rpg). UMBC also ranks first among conference teams in free throw percentage (.726) and is second in shots made beyond the arc (.361).

-Sims leads the Retrievers and ranks fourth among America East scorers with 13.6 ppg. The junior also leads the team in rebounds (6.2 rpg). Senior guard Taylor McCarley ranks fifth among conference players in field goal percentage (.543), with Sims behind her at sixth (.522).

Scouting the Eagles:
-American enters the week on a four-game losing streak, falling to Georgia State, 59-58 in overtime at the San Juan Shootout on Nov. 25. The Eagles led 58-56 with five seconds remaining in the first overtime period before Georgia State's Tiffany Holston sunk a buzzer-beating 3-point shot. Against the Panthers, senior Lauren Crisler chipped in 13 points, going 4-6 from the floor and 5-7 from the charity stripe.

-Crisler paces the Eagles, averaging 12.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg while junior Emily Kinneston is chipping in 12.0 points and grabbing 5.4 boards per outing. Overall, American is averaging 62.2 points and 35.6 rebounds per contest. The Eagles rank eighth nationally in three-point defense, holding their opponents to 20.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Last Time They Met: UMBC 47, American 46
UMBC women's basketball forced American into 25 turnovers and scored 21 points off of turnovers en route to picking up the Retrievers third victory in the last four games. Senior guard Capree Garner and junior forward Pandora Wilson each tallied 12 points on the night to help the Retrievers defeat American, 47-46, in non-conference action on Dec. 2, 2015 at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers once again had a tough second quarter and found themselves in a 31-23 hole at the break. UMBC used a 14-2 run that started with 3:30 to go in the third quarter and continued into the fourth to help the Retrievers to a 47-42 lead with 2:39 to go in the contest. Back-to-back buckets from the Eagles and a UMBC turnover gave American the ball and a one-point deficit, 47-46, with 17.6 seconds remaining, but a jumper from AU's Kaitlyn Lewis as time expired did not fall. 

Up Next: UMBC will remain out on the road as they travel to College Park to face Maryland for the first time since 2011 on Sunday, Dec. 4. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.