BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball jumps back on the road for its America East Opener on Thursday, Jan. 8 when the Retrievers travel to UMass Lowell to take on the River Hawks for for Field Trip Day at the Tsongas Center. The game time has been altered slightly, and tip-off will occur at 11:30 a.m.
Scouting the Retrievers (5-8):
-UMBC dropped three contests over a four-day stretch to close out the non-conference season, including its New Year 's Day matchup versus Morgan State. Junior guard Liz McNaughton reached double-figures for the third time in the last four games to lead the Retrievers with 12 points, but UMBC fell to MSU, 54-46.
-The Retrievers rank second in the league in scoring at 65.2 points per game, behind only UMass Lowell (67.2). Despite leading the league in field goal defense (.365), the Retrievers are surrendering 68.8 points per game.
-Over the last four games, McNaughton has shot 45.5 percent from three and has averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The junior guard has stepped into the starting lineup for the last three games, due to the absence of sophomore point guard Emily Russo. Sophomore guard Taylor McCarley has also switched up her role with Russo out of the lineup, serving as the team's point guard and has averaged 6.7 assists per game, to go with 7.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per contest in that span. On the season, McCarley ranks fourth in the league in assists (4.1 apg) and eighth in steals (1.8 spg)
-Junior guard Capree Garner snapped a 12-game double-digit scoring streak on Jan. 1 against the Lady Bears, finishing with eight points and seven rebounds. Garner ranks second in the conference in scoring (18.4 ppg) and ranks fourth in steals (2.0 spg). Sophomore forward Amanda Hagaman is second in the AEC in field goal percentage, shooting at 54.7 percent for 9.3 points per game. Hagaman is chipping in a team-best 6.1 rebounds per game, but has fouled out of six of the team's 13 contests thus far.
Scouting the River Hawks (6-7):
-UMass Lowell has dropped three of its last four games, including its America East opener at Binghamton, 65-64, on Saturday, Jan. 3. Junior forward Lindsey Doucette recorded her third double-double of the season to finish with a team-best 19 points and 10 rebounds to go with her career-high five steals.
-Senior guard Shannon Samuels paces the league's highest scoring offense at 15.8 points per game, fifth in the conference, while classmate Jasmine McRoy is adding 13.6 points per contest for ninth in the AEC. Samuels is also chipping in 4.1 assists, third in the league, and 4.1 rebounds per contest. Doucette is contributing in 8.8 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game on the year.
-UML was picked to tie for seventh place in the America East preseason coaches' poll, earning 21 votes after posting a 4-12 league record in their first season in Division I.
Retriever Quick Hits
-UMBC head coach Phil Stern is one victory shy of 150 wins at the helm of the Retrievers' program and is four wins away from becoming the program's all-time wins leader.
-Sophomore guard Taylor McCarley earned the Retrievers' first America East Player of the Week honor of the season on Monday, Dec. 29, after putting up career-numbers in an 87-78 victory against UMES on Monday, Dec. 22. McCarley followed up that performance by dishing out a career-best 11 assists versus Penn on Monday, Dec. 29, becoming just the 10th player in program history to deliver more than 10 helpers in a game.
-Junior guard Capree Garner registered 12-straight double-digit scoring games, including five 20-point efforts on the year.
-Over the last three games, the Retrievers have played without starting point guard Emily Russo. Prior to Dec. 29, Russo had started in every game but one during her career and averaged 33.9 minutes per game in her collegiate career.
-During the last three games of UMBC's non-conference slate, the Retrievers surrendered 63 offensive rebounds, which led to 49 points for UMBC's opponents.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC continues America East action on the road at New Hampshire on Saturday, Jan. 10. The Retrievers open the conference season with four of five games on the road.
Inside the Series
-UMass Lowell won both contests against the Retrievers last season, including a 59-51 victory on its home floor on Feb. 8.
Last Season's Headlines
-In game one, Sara Tarbert tallied her third double-double of the season and Emily Russo nearly added a triple-double, finishing with nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but a 10-0 run over the final 4:30 of the contest gave UMass Lowell a 65-57 victory.
-In similar fashion, game two saw Tarbert with her fourth double-double of the year, but a 16-2 run over the final 5:09 allowed the River Hawks to defeat the Retrievers, 59-51.