Women’s Basketball Continues Tough Stretch at New Hampshire on Saturday

Women’s Basketball Continues Tough Stretch at New Hampshire on Saturday

UMBC Game Notes

BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball continues its tough stretch as it plays away from the RAC Arena for the ninth time in its last 10 games when the Retrievers take on New Hampshire in a Saturday afternoon matinee on Jan. 10 at Lundholm Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. with live action available on the America East digital network.

Scouting the Retrievers (5-9, 0-1 AE):

-UMBC's road swing is one of the toughest the Retrievers' have endured in program history, with the exception of a nine-game road stretch during the 1989-90 season. UMBC has dropped four straight since returning from the Christmas Break, including a 75-62 loss to UMass Lowell in the Retrievers' America East opener on Thursday afternoon at the Tsongas Center.

-The Retrievers are shooting 38.0 percent from the field for the season for 64.9 points per game behind a team-best 18.4 points per contest from junior guard Capree Garner. The transfer had led UMBC in scoring in 11 of 14 contests, including 13 double-digit scoring game and five 20-point efforts. Classmate Liz McNaughton is knocking down a team-best 40 percent of her shots from beyond the arc for a career-best 7.1 points per game. The third-year guard has drilled four treys in a game in three of the last six games and is scoring 12.4 points per contest during the spurt. Garner and McNaughton led the Retrievers with 19 and 16 points, respectively versus the River Hawks and combined for 15 rebounds.

-Sophomore guard Taylor McCarley has instigated the squad's offense with 4.2 helpers per game, including 6.3 assists per contest over the last six games. McCarley is chipping in 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game. Classmate Amanda Hagaman ranks second in the league in field goal percentage (53.3) for 8.9 points per game. Hagman leads the team at 5.8 rebounds per game and has pulled down 32 offensive boards on the year.   

Scouting the Wildcats (9-5, 1-1 AE):

-New Hampshire has dropped two of its last three, including Wednesday's America East matchup at Albany, 76-65. Junior guard Elizabeth Belanger tallied a game-high 22 points, while senior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick hit the 100-block plateau in the contest.

-The Wildcats rank fifth in the league in scoring (61.8) and third in scoring defense (58.2). UNH has three players averaging in double-digit points, while also pulling down at least six rebounds per game. Belanger paces the trio at 15.1 points, sixth in the conference, and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Ariel Gaston is recording 11.7 points and a team-best 6.9 boards per contest, sixth in the league. Kilpatrick rounds out the crew at 10.7 points and 6.1 rebounds.

-New Hampshire was picked to tie for third in the America East in the annual coaches' preseason poll, receiving 46 votes along with Hartford and snagging Albany's first-place vote. 

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.

-Sophomore starting point guard Emily Russo returned to the lineup against UMass Lowell after missing the last three games of the non-conference season. 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.   

On the Horizon for the Retrievers

-UMBC returns to the familiar confines of the RAC Arena for the second time in 11 games when the Retrievers host Stony Brook on Wednesday, Jan. 14.  

Inside the Series

-UMBC holds the slight advantage in the all-time series, winning 12 of 23 meetings between the two squads.

-New Hampshire has won the last two meetings in the series, taking the season sweep versus the Retrievers last season.  

Last Season's Headlines

-UMBC hosted New Hampshire in its ninth-annual Midday Madness and drew a women's basketball program-record crowd of 3,098 fans into the RAC Arena. The Retrievers' took a season-high 60 shots and turned the ball over a season-low six times, but were able to knock down just 26.7 percent of its shots in the opening half and 33.3 percent for the game in a 60-47 loss to the Wildcats.

-UMBC held New Hampshire to 13 first-half points, but the Wildcats outscored the Retrievers, 33-17, in the second half en route to a 46-35 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium.