Women’s Basketball Jumps Back into Action at Columbia on Friday

Women’s Basketball Jumps Back into Action at Columbia on Friday

UMBC Games Notes

America East Game Notes

BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball jumps right back on the road on Friday, Dec. 5 when it travels to New York, N.Y. to take on Columbia inside Levien Gymnasium at noon. All the live action is available free of charge at UMBCRetrievers.com.

Scouting the Retrievers (3-3):

-UMBC looks to snap a three-game skid after falling, 77-51, to American on Wednesday night. The Retrievers trailed the Eagles by one at the break, 29-28, but AU shot 58.3 percent from the floor in the second half and 93.5 percent from the free throw line for the game en route to the victory.

-Junior guard Capree Garner extended her double-digit scoring streak to six games with a team-best 14 points on the night, while adding a game-high three steals. Sophomore center Infiniti Alston chipped in nine points off the bench for the Retrievers.

-Garner paces the Retrievers' offense at 18.0 points per game and has tallied three 20-point performances in her first six Division I contests. Sophomore forward Amanda Hagaman is shooting a team-best 53.3 percent from the field for an average of 11.5 points per contest, to go with her team-best 7.2 rebounds.

-Sophomore center Pandora Wilson has moved into the starting lineup the past two games and is chipping in 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds a contest on the year.

Scouting the Lions (3-5):

-After picking up a pair of overtime victories to improve to an even 3-3 on the season, Columbia has dropped back-to-back contests, including Wednesday's 69-59 loss to UMass Lowell.

-Sophomore forward Tori Oliver leads the squad at 17.6 points per game and is coming off a 22-point effort against the River Hawks, marking her third 20-point performance of the young season. Oliver is chipping in 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

-The Lions have gotten great production from a pair of rookies in forward Camille Zimmerman and guard Alexa Giuliano. Zimmerman is second on the team in scoring (15.4) and rebounding (6.5), while Giuliano is chipping in 9.8 points per game.

Retriever Quick Hits

-The Retrievers' shooting struggles continue during their three-game skid, as UMBC has shot 30.9 percent from the field and 55.1 percent from the charity stripe during the span. In the last three games, UMBC has been outrebounded by 13.7 rebounds per game and is being outscored by 18.3 points a contest.

-UMBC saw a familiar face on the opposite sideline on Wednesday against American, as assistant coach Tiffany Coll is in 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. 

-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 center Pandora Wilson was named as one of 251 nominees for the Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Team.

On the Horizon for the Retrievers

-The Retrievers continue their seven-game road swing on Tuesday, Dec. 9 when they travel to Bucknell for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Inside the Series

-UMBC and Columbia meet for just the third time in program history. The Retrievers won each of the first two contests in the all-time series, which took place in back-to-back seasons in the 1990s.

-The Retrievers travel to Columbia for the first time, with each of the first two meetings coming in tournament action.