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.