The UMBC women's basketball team (13-14, 6-8 America East) will play its final road game of the season Saturday afternoon at America East rival Maine (12-12, 6-7 America East). Game time is 12 p.m. The game will be televised on WABI-TV 5 in Maine and can be seen live on the Internet on a pay-per-view basis at www.watchmainesports.com.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers have won two straight and three of their last four games after Tuesday's 80-72 victory at Vermont. The 80 points were UMBC's most since Nov. 23, 2004. Senior forward Sharr Rohde is the only player in the league to rank in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and assists, and UMBC is the only team in the conference with four players ranking among the league's top 20 scorers, with all four averaging double figures. The Retrievers rank 18th in the country in turnovers.
BLACK BEAR UPDATE: Maine (12-12) has lost two in a row and is coming off a 63-61 loss at Boston University last Saturday. Senior Ashley Underwood has led the Black Bears in scoring in five straight games, averaging 21.4 points during that stretch. Senior Bracey Barker has scored in double figures in 15 straight America East games. Underwood and Barker are both averaging a team-best 15.0 ppg and are one-two in the league in free throw percentage. Seniors Katie Whittier and Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa are tops the America East in field goal percentage. Underwood is also the conference leader in three-pointers made per game.
Who's Up Next: The Retrievers have a week off before hosting defending conference champ Hartford on March 3 in both teams' regular-season finale, when UMBC will celebrate Senior Day.
Inside the Series: Tonight's game marks the eighth all-time meeting between UMBC and Maine, and the Black Bears hold a 6-1 series advantage. The first meeting occurred on Jan. 24, 2004, a 60-45 victory for visiting Maine. The
Black Bears won the first five games in the series before UMBC won, 60-47, on Feb. 22, 2006, at RAC Arena. The Retrievers have never won at Alfond Sports Arena.
In the last meeting, Jan. 24, 2007, the Black bears defeated the Retrievers, 74-66, at RAC Arena. Seven Retrievers drilled at least one three-pointer. Both teams used several large scoring runs in a very streaky game. Senior point guard Brittnie Hughes scored a game-high 16 points, while senior forward Sharri Rohde added 14 points and seven rebounds. Maine seniors Bracey Barker and Ashley Underwood each scored their 1,000th career points in the game and led five Black Bears in double figures. Barker posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds and also added seven assists and four blocks.