BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball continues road action at UMES on Monday, Dec. 22. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Live stats will be available at UMBCRetrievers.com.
Scouting the Retrievers (4-5):
-UMBC dropped its second straight contest on Thursday and its third in the Retrievers' current seven-game road stretch. The Retrievers returned from finals break a bit rusty, shooting 27.5 percent from the field in a 67-55 loss to Rider.
-Junior guard Capree Garner and sophomore guard Emily Russo combined for 31 points, 12 rebounds and five steals in the loss, while sophomore guard Taylor McCarley chipped in eight points, six rebounds and five assists.
-UMBC ranks third in the America East in scoring on the season, but the Retrievers have struggled at shooting the rock while on the road this season, knocking down 31.7 percent of their attempts from the field and 25.8 percent from beyond the arc. UMBC is shooting 37.7 percent for the season, ranking seventh in the conference.
-Garner has registered nine straight double-digit scoring games to start the season, including four 20-point performances, and is shooting 41.6 percent from the field. She paces the squad and conference at 19.2 points per game on the season and ranks second on the team in steals (19).
-Sophomore forward Amanda Hagaman has controlled the glass for the Retrievers, pulling down 25 offensive rebounds and averaging 6.7 rebounds per game, ranking 10th in the America East.
-Russo ranks in the top-five in the America East in steals, second at 2.8 takeaways per game, and assists, fourth with 3.7 helpers per contest. The second-year point guard is also adding 7.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest on the season.
Scouting the Lady Hawks (4-6):
-After posting four straight wins, UMES has dropped two straight coming into Monday's contest, including a 64-52 loss to American on Saturday afternoon. Senior guard Shawnee Sweeney registered a team-best 14 points to go with seven rebounds. Freshman guard Moengaroa Subritzky also added with double-digit points, finishing with 10 points.
-The Lady Hawks are led by a pair of double-digit scorers in senior guard Jessica Long and red-shirt junior Alexis Udoji. Long has started eight of 10 contests and is averaging a team-best 12.5 points per game, while Udoji is chipping in 10.4 points and a squad-best 9.0 rebounds.
-UMES was picked to finish ninth in the annual Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason poll. Udoji was named to the preseason All-Conference Third Team after leading the team in blocks (48) a season ago.
Retriever Quick Hits
-Junior guard Capree Garner is tied for first in the America East with Albany's Shereesha Richards, each tallying four 20-point performances on the season. Garner has registered a team-high 161 shots on the season, more than double the next closest player (Pandora Wilson 63). Garner is shooting 41.6 percent for the year, 15th in the league, with only sophomore forward Amanda Hagaman and senior center Dana Lewis holding better percentages, at 50.8 percent and 47.8 percent, respectively.
-Eight of the Retrievers' nine contests have been decided by 10-plus points, with the only exception being UMBC's five-point setback against Towson.
-UMBC's defense leads the America East in two categories, field goal percentage defense (.377) and steals (10.6 per game). The Retrievers also rank second in the league in turnover margin (+2.9) and blocked shots (3.2 per game).
-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.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC concludes its seven-game road swing with a pair of contests in Philadelphia, starting with a matchup at Pennsylvania on Dec. 29, followed by a meeting at La Salle on Dec. 30.
Inside the Series
-UMBC has dropped two straight to UMES, but leads the all-time series, 7-4.
-The Retrievers fell for the first time on their home floor to UMES last season, 68-45.
Last Season's Headline
-UMBC women's basketball's freshmen posts Sara Tarbert and Amanda Hagaman combined for 25 points and 17 rebounds, but it was not enough to guide the Retrievers past UMES, as the Lady Hawks drained 12 three-point baskets to defeat UMBC, 68-45.