BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball hits the road for its first of seven straight away contests in the month of December, when it travels to American on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bender Arena, with all the live action available at UMBCRetrievers.com. Dan Levin will have the call for all the live action on Q1370 (www.q1370.com).
Scouting the Retrievers (3-2):
-After starting the season out 3-0, UMBC has dropped two consecutive contests, including a 59-54 loss to Towson in its latest outing. Junior guard Capree Garner tallied her third 20-point performance of the young season and drilled one of her four treys in the contest with 56 seconds to go to bring UMBC within one of the Tigers, but the Retrievers struggled to execute in the final minute, allowing Towson to hang on for the victory.
-UMBC is averaging 73.2 points per game on the season and is shooting 42.6 percent from the field. The Retrievers have focused their efforts down low, with 37.6 of their points per game coming in the paint and just 6.6 points per game coming from beyond the arc.
-Garner leads the squad in scoring at 18.8 points per game, having tallied double-digit points in each of the first five games of her career with the Retrievers. The junior guard has hit 50 percent of her shots from three (7-of-14) and is shooting 41.1 percent from the field.
-Sophomore forward Amanda Hagaman has increased her scoring output from 4.2 points per game as a rookie to 12.8 points per game in 2014-15. Hagaman is knocking down 56.4 percent of her shots and is chipping in a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game.
Scouting the Eagles (2-3):
-After dropping three straight contests to start the 2014-15 campaign, the Eagles were victorious in both of their games in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas over the weekend. Most recently, American defeated an Oregon squad that was receiving votes in last week's coaches' poll, 72-64, behind a career-best 22 points and 10 assists from senior guard Jen Dumiak.
-Dumiak is one of three Eagles that are averaging double-digit points through five games. The senior guard leads the charge with 13.0 points and 6.8 assists, while junior forward Michelle Holmes is chipping in 10.2 points and a team-best 5.8 rebounds. Senior forward Arron Zimmerman leads the squad in three-point field goals taken and made (10-for-25) for 10.0 points per game.
-American was selected to finish second in the Patriot League's annual preseason poll after tying for second last season. The Eagles return seven letterwinners and three starters from a squad that posted a 22-10 overall record last season and earned an at-large bid to the WNIT.
Retriever Quick Hits
-UMBC will see a familiar face on the opposite sideline on Wednesday against American, as assistant coach Tiffany Coll enters her second season as a member of the Eagles' staff. Coll played with the Retrievers from 1999-2003 and was a member of the program when head coach Phil Stern took over the helm of UMBC.
-The Retrievers shot 49.7 percent from the field and averaged 84.0 points in their first three games, but have since shot 31.3 percent and averaged 57.0 points.
-Head coach Phil Stern is six victories shy of holding the UMBC women's basketball record for most wins, a mark that Sue Furnary set from 1980-1993.
-Sophomore forward Pandora Wilson earned her first collegiate start against Towson. Wilson finished with nine points and six rebounds in 21 minutes versus the Tigers.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-The Retrievers hit the road for the entire month of December, playing seven straight games away from the RAC Arena. The stretch continues on Friday, Dec. 5, when the Retrievers take on Columbia.
Inside the Series
-The Retrievers have dropped three straight to American, including a pair of losses over the last two seasons. The two renewed their rivalry in 2012, after not meeting since Nov. 28, 2006.
-UMBC's last win came on the Eagles' home floor on Dec. 1, 2005, a 68-56 victory for the Retrievers.