After falling to New Hampshire, 60-50, on the road on Saturday, the UMBC women's basketball team will return home to the RAC Arena to open the second half of America East play against the Binghamton Bearcats on Wednesday, February 1. The conference tilt will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Paul Mittermeier (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:
-UMBC had its four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday as the Retrievers fell to the New Hampshire Wildcats, 60-50. The Retrievers led, 32-27, at the half after senior Taylor McCarley nailed a three at the buzzer. After a scoring struggle in the third quarter by both teams, New Hampshire used a 10-0 early fourth period run to take the lead for good.
-McCarley led all scorers with 17 points, shooting 6-13 from the field, while freshman Te'yJah Oliver netted 10. Senior Pandora Wilson brought down a team-high nine rebounds while adding six points. Wilson and junior Laura Castaldo each added three takeaways to the stat sheet.
-On the season, the Retrievers are averaging 59.4 points per game, 12.3 assists per game, and 7.9 steals per game, which all rank in the top five among America East teams, and are averaging 41.6 rebounds per game. UMBC ranks second among conference teams in free throw percentage (71.4) and three-point field goal percentage (34.5).
-McCarley paces the Retrievers, averaging 13.9 points (fourth among America East players) and 2.3 steals per game (leads the America East), while also dishing out 4.3 helpers per contest. Freshman Tyler Moore retains her spot at number two in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 38.3 percent of her shots, followed by Castaldo at number three (37.5 percent). Moore also ranks third in three-point field goals made, averaging 2.4 trifectas per game.
Scouting the Bearcats:
-Binghamton enters the second half of America East play with a 5-3 conference record after defeating Maine, 58-52, on Saturday. Junior Imani Watkins scored 12 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter, while freshman Kai Moon added 13 points for the Bearcats. Defensively, junior Alyssa James pulled down 11 rebounds while registering a season-high six blocks against Maine.
-On the season, Watkins, a preseason America East All-Conference selection, averages 18.7 ppg to lead the Bearcats and ranks second in the America East behind Imani Tate of Albany. Watkins also ranks second in steals, averaging 2.3 takeaways per game. James ranks first among conference players in blocked shots (1.7 per game) and fourth in rebounding (6.9 per game). Overall, Binghamton is averaging 63.2 ppg and 35.3 rpg.
Last Time They Met: Binghamton 69, UMBC 62
UMBC women's basketball fought all the way with Binghamton on January 4 but fell, 69-62, in their conference opener. Freshman Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) led the way with a career best 26 points in the contest. Both teams fought for control coming out of the locker rooms, and it was Oliver who found success for the Retrievers. The freshman hit a triple, and then took the ball coast to coast for the hoop and the harm to give the Retrievers a 39-37 lead. However Binghamton would end the quarter on a 10-0 run, taking a 47-39 lead after three, a lead they would not relinquish. The Retrievers cut into the deficit in the fourth, getting it down to three at 55-52, thanks to back-to-back trifectas from Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y.), but the Bearcats hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on to a 69-62 victory.
Binghamton holds a 19-11 record over UMBC, including winning the last three meetings between the teams. The win streak extends back to last season, where the Bearcats defeated the Retrievers once in the regular season and in the America East quarterfinals.
UMBC remains home at the RAC to host the Maine Black Bears on Saturday, February 4 for the You Can Play game. The conference tilt will tipoff on ESPN3 at 1 p.m.