BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball returns to the familiar confines of the RAC Arena for just the second time in 11 games when it hosts Stony Brook in America East action on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., with all the live action available on UMBCRetrievers.tv, courtesy of the America East digital network.
RAC Arena Promotion:
-Chick-fil-A night! Special appearance by the Chick-fil-A cow. A $50 gift card to Chick-fil-A will be awarded to the winner of our halftime contest!
Scouting the Retrievers (5-10, 0-2 AE):
-UMBC is in the midst of a rough stretch that has featured nine of 10 games away from the RAC Arena. The Retrievers have dropped five straight during the span, including back-to-back America East contests. UMBC is coming off a 67-45 loss to New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon. Junior guard Capree Garner and senior center Dana Lewis combined to hit 10 of 14 shots for 15 points and eight points, respectively. Sophomore guard Emily Russo connected for eight points and pulled down six rebounds in her return to the starting rotation.
-The Retrievers rank first in the America East in field goal percentage defense (63.3) and turnover margin (+2.7), but are last in three-point field goal percentage defense (35.9) and rebounding defense (45.6). UMBC is surrendering 45.6 rebounds per game, including 16.3 offensive boards per contest.
-Garner paces the offense and ranks second in the league at 18.2 points per game. The junior transfer has 14 double-digit scoring games on the year, including five 20-point performances. Garner is also adding 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Sophomores Amanda Hagaman and Taylor McCarley are chipping in 8.3 points per game apiece. Hagaman ranks fifth in the conference in field goal percentage (51.6) and is pulling down a team-best 5.7 rebounds, while McCarley is fifth in the AE in assists per game (4.0) and is adding 1.7 steals per contest.
-Over the last six games, UMBC has seen an increase in action from junior guard Liz McNaughton and senior center Dana Lewis. McNaughton is knocking down 43.8 percent of her shots from beyond the arc for 10.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, while Lewis is hitting 56.7 percent of her shots en route to 6.3 points and 5.8 boards per contest.
Scouting the Seawolves (8-7, 1-1 AE):
-Stony Brook has won three of its last four games, but is 1-1 in America East action. The Seawolves dropped their league opener to New Hampshire on Jan. 3, 60-52, before rebounding with a 60-38 victory against Vermont on Jan. 7. Sophomore guard Kori Bayne-Walker led the charge against the Catamounts with 12 points, six assists and six rebounds in the win.
-The trio of senior forward Sabre Proctor, junior forward Brittany Snow and Bayne-Walker are combining for 36.5 points 16.7 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game. Proctor pilots the crew at 15.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest. Bayne-Walker ranks second in the league with 5.1 helpers per game to go with her 11.1 points, while Snow is corralling 7.1 rebounds to go with her 10.7 points.
-Stony Brook was picked to finish second behind Albany in the America East preseason coaches' poll with 51 total votes. The Seawolves return four starters from last year's squad that posted a 13-3 record in league play for second-place finish.
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.
-The Retrievers have used four different starting lineups on the season, but only the starting rotation of Capree Garner, Amanda Hagaman, Dana Lewis, Taylor McCarley and Emily Russo has posted a winning record (4-1).
-During its five-game skid, the Retrievers have not held a lead at halftime. UMBC is 2-10 on the year when trailing at the break.
-UMBC is 5-0 on the season when scoring 70-plus points.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC hits the all too familiar road for a pair of America East contests, starting with a matchup on Saturday, Jan. 17 at Vermont, followed by a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Hartford.
Inside the Series
-Stony Brook won three matchups against the Retrievers last season to take the slight 13-12 edge in the all-time series.
Last Season's Headlines
-UMBC's Emily Russo knocked down her only three of the game with 4.8 seconds to go to bring the Retrievers within one, 65-62, after trailing by 18 in the second half, but the black and gold ran out of time, allowing Stony Brook to hang on for the 66-62 victory at Pritchard Gymnasium.
-UMBC shot 50 percent for the third straight game, but the Retrievers took just 34 shots in the game after turning the ball over to Stony Brook 28 times in a 72-51 loss in the black and gold's annual Play4Kay game at the RAC Arena.
-UMBC's Sara Tarbert registered her sixth double-double of the season and helped the seventh-seeded Retrievers to outscore the Seawolves, 34-28, in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome UMBC's tough opening period, as second-seeded Stony Brook picked up the 61-49 victory in the America East Quarterfinals at SEFCU Arena.