The UMBC women's basketball team (11-13, 4-7 America East) takes on Binghamton (8-165, 4-6 America East) Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Events Center in Vestal, N.Y. Free video streaming is available on the Bearcats' webpage at www.bubearcats.com prior to tipoff.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers snapped their season-long four-game losing streak with a convincing 66-41 victory over Albany Saturday evening. The 25-point victory was UMBC's second-largest of the season. UMBC won the rebounding battle for the first time in 12 games and broke the 60-point barrier for the first time in four outings. Senior foward Sharri Rohde is the only player in the America East to rank in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and assists, and UMBC is the only team in the conference with four players ranking in the league's top 20 in scoring. The Retrievers also rank 18th in the nation in turnovers per game.
BEARCAT UPDATE: Binghamton is coming off a 59-56 loss at Maine on Saturday and is 8-15 on the season including 4-6 in America East play, good for fifth in the conference standings, a half game ahead of Boston University and UMBC. Center Laine Kurpniece has recorded double figures in five straight games and is averaging 16.0 ppg during that span. Guard Laura Sario leads the Bearcats with 13.4 ppg, ranking seventh in the conference, while Juta Jahilo ranks eighth with 5.9 rpg.
Inside the Series: Tonight's game marks the ninth all-time meeting between UMBC and Binghamton, and the Bearcats hold a 5-3 series advantage. The first meeting occurred on Jan. 28, 2004, a 61-48 victory for host Binghamton. The Bearcats took the first two games in the series before UMBC won, 50-46, on Jan. 22, 2005, at the Binghamton Events Center. The teams alternated victories over the next two seasons, but the Bearcats won two in a row, including an America East Tournament quarterfinals matchup in 2006, before UMBC won at home in January. As conference rivals, the teams have met twice a year since UMBC joined the league in 2004, and the Retrievers are 1-2 against Binghamton at the Events Center.
In the last meeting, Jan. 13, 2007, the Retrievers defeated the Bearcats, 60-50, at the RAC Arena. Junior forward Amanda Robinson scored a game-high 19 points and added a team-best eight rebounds for host UMBC, while Laura Sario scored 18 for Binghamton. The Bearcats jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first 3:19 of play, but the Retrievers took the lead four minutes later with a 12-1 scoring run, and outscored the Bearcats 23-8 over the final 15:40 to take a 23-18 halftime lead. The Retrievers drilled 10 of 13 free throws down the stretch to hold off Binghamton's late comeback attempt.