BALTIMORE- Coming off a bye week, the UMBC women's basketball team will look to continue its winning ways as they welcome the UMass Lowell River Hawks to the RAC Arena on Sunday, January 22. The 1 p.m. conference clash can be seen on ESPN3 with Troy Green (play by play), Raven Harris (color) and Hailli Woo (sideline) on the call.
Live stats will be available at umbcretrievers.com and fans can follow the women's basketball twitter account (umbcwbb) for updates. Access of live stats and video is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
Scouting the Retrievers:
-After starting the season 0-3 in conference play, UMBC has won its last two games, most recently upsetting preseason favorite and five-time defending champion Albany, 64-56. The win against the Great Danes was the Retrievers first since the 2011 and ended Albany's 24-game home winning streak.
-In a game that saw 18 lead changes and three ties, four Retrievers hit the double-digit mark, led by senior Taylor McCarley with 18 points, going 10-14 from the free throw line. Classmate Pandora Wilson chipped in 14 off the bench, while junior Laura Castaldo (12) and freshman Te'yJah Oliver (10) also hit the double-figure mark.
-Overall on the season, the Retrievers are averaging 58.4 points per game, 34.7 rebounds per game and 7.9 steals per game, which ranks fifth among America East teams. UMBC also ranks second in three-point field goal percentage, making 34.6 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.
-McCarley continues to pace the Retrievers, scoring 12.9 points and dishing out 3.9 assists per contest. Castaldo ranks tenth among America East players in field goal percentage (43.4), while sitting at fourth in three-point field goal percentage (38.9). Moore ranks two spots behind Castaldo at sixth, hitting 38.1 percent of her shots from downtown.
Scouting the River Hawks:
-UMass Lowell is winless in conference play this season, most recently falling to Vermont, 61-43, on Thursday evening. The River Hawks led the Catamounts, 35-27, with over seven minutes left in the third period, but Vermont used a 20-2 run to overtake the hosts.
-The River Hawks are led by Kayla Gibbs, who is averaging 12.8 ppg and 7.9 rpg, a figure that leads the America East. Gibbs, who has hit double-figures in 16 straight games, also leads the conference in field goal percentage, hitting 62.0 percent of her shots from the field. Overall on the season, UMass Lowell is averaging 55.8 ppg and 36.7 rpg.
Last Time They Met: UMBC 68, UMass Lowell 52
Juniors Pandora Wilson and Taylor McCarley combined for 58 points in UMBC's 68-52 victory over UMass Lowell on February 14, 2016. Wilson scored a career-high 28 points, converting 13-of-23 shots from the floor and eight of her rebounds came on the offensive end. McCarley hit 12-of-20 from the field, added eight assists and hit all six free throw attempts, while junior guard Emily Russo brought in seven rebounds while stripping the River Hawks a game high four times.
The newest member of the America East, UMass Lowell and UMBC have only met six times since 2014, with the River Hawks holding a 4-2 advantage. However, the Retrievers have won the last two contests.
UMBC will host its annual Midday Madness game as they welcome the Stony Brook Seawolves on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at noon.