BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball faces another early season test on Sunday, Nov. 23, when it hosts the defending Northeast Conference champion Robert Morris. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at the RAC Arena, with all the live action available free of charge, courtesy of the America East digital network.
RAC Arena Promotion:
-Stop by the UMBC sports marketing table to enter a raffle to win a large Papa John's pizza delivered to your seat at halftime!
Scouting the Retrievers (3-0):
-UMBC overcame an 11-point first-half deficit in Wednesday's local rivalry game versus Coppin State at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers outscored the Eagles, 42-25, in the second half en route to a 78-65 victory against Coppin State to secure UMBC's first 3-0 start since the 1989-90 season.
-The Retrievers received double-digit points from four players, including 15 points apiece from sophomores Amanda Hagaman and Taylor McCarley. Newcomers Capree Garner and Pandora Wilson added 14 and 10 points, respectively.
-The Retrievers have five players shooting over 50 percent from the field, while the squad is shooting 49.7 percent through three games and averaging 84.0 points per game. UMBC has gone away from the three-ball in the early going, with 54.7 percent of its points coming in the paint. The Retrievers also hold a +12 rebounding margin, including 14.0 offensive rebounds per game.
-Garner paces four double-digit scorers for the Retrievers at 17.0 points per game, while Hagaman has matched her career-high of 15 points twice in the first three games to average 14.3 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds per contest.
-Sophomore Emily Russo leads the squad in both assists and steals on the year, averaging 5.0 assists and 4.3 steals per game, to go with her 8.3 points and 4.7 rebounds.
Scouting the Colonials (0-2):
-Robert Morris has dropped each of its first two games of the season, including Tuesday's 66-48 loss to Illinois. The Colonials are shooting 35.5 percent from the floor during the span and have been outscored by 18.0 points per game.
-Sophomore Anna Niki Stamolamprou pilots RMU's offensive efforts with a team-best 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while also leading the team in assists (five) and steals (three). The guard has knocked down 50 percent of her shots and 40 percent of her three-point attempts.
-The Colonials were picked to repeat as NEC champions in 2014-15 after winning the regular-season and tournament title a season ago.
Retriever Quick Hits:
-UMBC is attempting to start its season 4-0 for only the second time in program history, the first time being in the 1985-86 season, the Retrievers' final NCAA Division II campaign.
-The Retrievers have four double-digit scorers, including 10.0 points per game coming off the bench from sophomore Pandora Wilson. Wilson, who is averaging 13.0 minutes per game, also ranks second on the squad in rebounds per contest (6.0).
-Sophomore Amanda Hagaman, who averaged 4.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a rookie, is averaging 14.3 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game. Through the first three games, Hagaman has registered three double-digit scoring performances, including a pair of games with a career-high 15 points, in addition pulling down a career-best nine rebounds versus Loyola.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers:
-UMBC concludes its five-game home stretch on Tuesday, Nov. 25, as part of a UMBC basketball doubleheader at the RAC Arena. The women's team opens up action against Towson with a 5 p.m. tip-off, followed by the men's team taking on Howard at 7:30 p.m.
Inside the Series:
-The all-time series between the Retrievers and Colonials is tied at six apiece after 12 meetings. The two squads renewed their rivalry last season, after not competing versus each other since the Retrievers departed from the NEC after the 2002-03 season.
-The Colonials picked up a 51-39 victory versus the Retrievers last season on their home floor.