BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball continues its road weekend on Saturday, Feb. 8 when it travels to UMass Lowell to take on the River Hawks. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside Costello Athletic Gymnasium, with all the live action available free of charge on the America East digital network.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (2-20, 1-9 AEC): UMBC held New Hampshire to a season-low 13 first-half points, the lowest total for a Retrievers' opponent since Maine on Jan. 5 of last year, but the Wildcats outscored the Retrievers 33-17 in the second half en route to a 46-35 victory. Freshman forward Sara Tarbert scored a team-best 12 points and added five rebounds, while classmate Taylor McCarley chipped in nine points and six rebounds.
Tarbert leads all America East freshmen in scoring (13.1) and rebounding (6.8) on the season, ranking fifth in the league in both categories. The forward has earned three America East Rookie of the Week honors on the season and is in the midst of a six-game double-digit scoring streak, including two of her four 20-point scoring performances. McCarley also ranks in the top-20 in scoring during league play, upping her scoring average to 9.9 points per game.
Sophomore center Bridget O'Donnell is the driving force that is helping the Retrievers to lead the league in blocks per game during conference play. O'Donnell is averaging 2.7 of the team's 3.7 blocks per game in league action and has entered UMBC's top-10 in single-season blocks, with 41 on the year. The center also ranks 10th in rebounding since league play began (6.1 rpg).
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS (3-18, 2-8 AEC): UMass Lowell has dropped six of its last seven contests, including Tuesday's loss to league front-runner Albany, 93-47. Junior guards Jasmine McRoy and Shannon Samuels each tabbed double-digit points in the loss, while sophomore forward Lindsey Doucette snagged a team-best 11 rebounds.
The fourth-ranked scoring offense (64.6) in the AEC during league play has McRoy, Doucette and Samuels all ranked in the top-six in the America East in scoring during league play, with each averaging over 14 points a game. McRoy ranks second behind only Albany's Shereesha Richards in scoring, averaging 15.8 points per game during conference action, while Doucette ranks fourth at 14.7 points per game and is adding 8.4 rebounds per contest. Samuels is dishing out 4.8 assists (second in the league) to go with her 14.2 points.
Newcomer UMass Lowell was picked to finish the season last in the America East, after posting an 18-9 record in Division II action last year. The River Hawks finished in fourth place in the Northeast-10 Conference with a 15-7 mark, but return just one starter from last season's squad.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC meets UMass Lowell for just the second time in program history, having lost the season's previous meeting, 65-57, on Jan. 11.
2014 FIRST MEETING: UMBC's freshman forward Sara Tarbert tallied her third double-double of the season and freshman guard Emily Russo nearly added a triple-double, finishing with nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but a 10-0 run over the final 4:30 of the contest gave UMass Lowell its first Division I victory, 65-57.
ON THE HORIZON FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC returns to the RAC Arena for a three game homestand, starting with a match against Albany on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
February 28, 2014 Women’s Basketball Travels to Binghamton in Regular-Season Finale
February 24, 2014 Tarbert Tabs Program-Record Fifth America East Rookie of the Week
February 22, 2014 Hartford’s Long Ball Halts UMBC’s Comeback
February 21, 2014 Women’s Basketball Travels to Hartford on Saturday
February 18, 2014 Women’s Basketball Takes on Stony Brook in Home Finale
February 17, 2014 Tarbert Earns Fourth Rookie of the Week Honor
February 16, 2014 UMBC’s Hot Shooting Downs Vermont, 77-62
February 15, 2014 Women’s Basketball Continues Homestand on Sunday Versus Vermont
February 14, 2014 Women’s Basketball Game Versus Vermont Pushed Back to Sunday at Noon
February 10, 2014 Women’s Basketball Opens a Three Game Homestand Tuesday
February 8, 2014 Late Run Downs Women’s Basketball at UMass Lowell, 59-51
February 7, 2014 Women’s Basketball Continues Road Trip at UMass Lowell
February 6, 2014 Women’s Basketball Outlasted by New Hampshire, 46-35
February 5, 2014 Women’s Basketball Hits the Road to Take on New Hampshire
February 1, 2014 Maine’s Three Ball Drains UMBC Women’s Basketball, 61-48
January 31, 2014 Women’s Basketball Returns Home to Take on Maine Saturday
January 28, 2014 Women’s Basketball Falls to Defending League Champion Albany, 65-39
January 27, 2014 Tabert Snags America East Rookie of the Week Honors
January 25, 2014 Women’s Basketball Held Off by Hartford, 65-55
January 20, 2014 McCarley Earns Second Straight America East Rookie of the Week Honor
January 20, 2014 Women’s Basketball’s Comeback Falls Shy at Stony Brook, 66-62
January 19, 2014 Women’s Basketball Travels to Stony Brook for Monday Matinee
January 17, 2014 Women’s Basketball Opens Tough Weekend at Vermont
January 14, 2014 Women’s Basketball Hosts UNH in Ninth Annual Midday Madness
January 13, 2014 McCarley Garners First America East Rookie of the Week Honors
January 11, 2014 Late Run Drops Women’s Basketball Against UMass Lowell, 65-57
January 10, 2014 Women’s Basketball Hosts Conference Newcomer UMass Lowell
January 8, 2014 Women’s Basketball Falls at Maine, 68-39
January 6, 2014 Women’s Basketball Travels to Maine for ESPN3 Matchup
January 3, 2014 Women’s Basketball Opens America East Play Versus Binghamton
December 30, 2013 Career Shooting Day From Ohio Downs Women’s Basketball
December 29, 2013 Women’s Basketball Drops JMU Invitational Opener to Norfolk State, 56-43
December 28, 2013 Women’s Basketball Opens Invitational Versus Norfolk State
December 21, 2013 Women’s Basketball Falls Short Against Loyola, 56-49
December 20, 2013 Retrievers Return to Action at Loyola After 13-Day Hiatus
December 9, 2013 Retrievers Open Four-Game Road Swing at Bucknell on Tuesday
December 6, 2013 Women’s Basketball Returns Home to Take on VCU on Saturday
December 3, 2013 Stern Inks Four in Early Signing Period for Women’s Basketball
December 2, 2013 Tarbert Earns America East Rookie of the Week Honors
November 30, 2013 Long Ball Drains Women's Basketball Versus Brown, 92-53
November 29, 2013 Turnovers and Foul Trouble Dooms Women’s Basketball Against Rider, 60-48
November 27, 2013 Women’s Basketball Travels for a Pair of Games at the Navy Classic
November 26, 2013 Women’s Basketball Late Run Falls Short Against Towson, 64-57
November 25, 2013 Women’s Basketball Continues Road Swing at Local-Rival Towson
November 23, 2013 Women’s Basketball Battles, But Falls to NEC Favorite Robert Morris
November 22, 2013 Women’s Basketball Hits the Road to Take on Robert Morris
November 19, 2013 Women’s Basketball Closes Out Homestand Against American
November 18, 2013 Tarbert Named America East Rookie of the Week
November 16, 2013 Women’s Basketball Downed by UMES, 68-45
November 15, 2013 Women’s Basketball Hosts UMES on Saturday
November 13, 2013 Women’s Basketball Falls to Cross-Town Rival Coppin State, 78-62
November 12, 2013 Women’s Basketball Travels to Cross-Town Rival Coppin State
November 7, 2013 2013-14 Women's Basketball Season Outlook
September 5, 2013 America East Releases 2013-14 Women’s Basketball Conference Slate
August 7, 2013 Stern Names Additions to Women’s Basketball Staff