It's hard to imagine any student-athlete having a more productive, consistent collegiate career than Tammy McCarthy.
It's actually highly likely that she was unaware what she accomplished when she produced Moment No. 25 on the #retriever50for50 countdown.
On Feb. 19, 1987, McCarthy and the Retrievers were winding down their first season in NCAA Division I competition. UMBC lost a tough battle that evening at Longwood (Va.), falling 75-74, in overtime. McCarthy scored 23 points, including point No. 2,000 in her career.
With that point, the Atholton High School product became the first collegiate player in the state of Maryland to reach the 2,000-point plateau. She finished her career with 2,063 points, a record that stood for seven years until Hopkins' Renie Amoss surpassed the mark.
McCarthy was a model of consistency throughout her tenure. Her seasonal scoring averages were 17.5 ppg as a freshman, 18.7 as a sophomore, 21.0 as a junior and 19.1 as a senior. She earned District III All-America honors after her junior campaign, when she led UMBC to a 20-9 mark and a national ranking of No. 20.
She also averaged 9.7 rebounds per game and converted 73.4 percent of her career free throws.
McCarthy went on to serve as an assistant coach for three seasons under Sue Furnary. She was inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.