BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball looks to build upon Friday's come-from-behind victory on Tuesday when it travels to Lewisburg, Pa., for a 7 p.m. tip-off against Bucknell at Sojka Pavilion. All the live action is available at UMBCRetrievers.com.
Scouting the Retrievers (4-3):
-UMBC snapped a three-game skid with Friday's come-from-behind victory against Columbia in its second of seven straight road contests. The Retrievers eliminated a 10-point halftime deficit with a 24-4 run to open the second half, as UMBC shot 55.2 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes of play.
-Junior guards Liz McNaughton and Capree Garner each registered career-highs versus the Lions. McNaughton helped to keep UMBC within striking distance in the first half with 11 of her career-best 14 points and chipped in six rebounds. Garner shot 58 percent from the field to lead all scorers with 28 points for her fourth 20-point performance of the season.
-Garner leads the squad and the America East in scoring at 19.4 points per game on the season, 40th in Division I. Sophomore forward Amanda Hagaman is chipping in 10.7 points per game and a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game, eighth in the league. Russo is helping to lead the squad's defensive efforts with a conference-best 2.9 steals per contest, ranking 38th in Division I.
Scouting the Bison (4-3):
-Bucknell has won three of its last five contests coming into Tuesday, but dropped its latest matchup, 58-56, to Delaware on a last second put-back on Sunday afternoon.
-Freshman guard Jacquie Klotz and junior guard Sheaira Jones combined for 34 points off the bench for the Bison, while junior guard Tyler Craig chipped in 10 points and sophomore forward Claire DeBoer pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
-Sophomore forward Claire Maree O'Bryan is averaging a team-best 11.3 points per game and is chipping in 4.6 rebounds. Senior forward Audrey Dotson is adding 9.1 points and 6.3 rebounds a contest.
Retriever Quick Hits
-Six of the Retrievers' seven contests have been decided by 10-plus points, with the only exception being UMBC's five-point setback against Towson.
-The Retrievers ranks first in the America East in scoring offense at 70.4 points per game, up from the team's 50.9 points per game average a season ago. UMBC's magic number seems to be 70, as the Dawgs have posted a 4-0 mark when scoring 70-or-more points.
-UMBC is shooting 41.6 percent from the field on the season and is 4-0 when shooting above 40.0 percent. The Retrievers combined to shoot 30.9 percent from the field in their three losses on the season. Sophomore Amanda Hagaman is shooting a team-best 52.0 percent, ranking ninth in the league.
-The Retrievers shot a season-high 16 three-point field goals and made a season-best seven in the win against Columbia.
-Head coach Phil Stern is five victories shy of holding the UMBC women's basketball record for most wins, a mark that Sue Furnary set from 1980-1993.
-Junior guard Liz McNaughton connected on a career-best four three-pointers before fouling out against Columbia on Friday. McNaughton finished with a career-best 14 points for her first double-digit scoring performance of the season.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-The Retrievers take off nine days for finals, before returning to action on Thursday, Dec. 18 when they travel to Rider for a 5 p.m. tip-off.
Inside the Series
-Bucknell owns the slight advantage in the all-time series at 4-3, but the Retrievers have won three of the last four contests.
-The last meeting took place at UMBC on Dec. 4, 2010, where the Retrievers were victorious, 63-57.
-Bucknell and UMBC were supposed to play on the Bison's home court on Dec. 10 of last season, but due to inclement, the Retrievers were unable to make the trip and the teams could not find a makeup date.