BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball continues its rough schedule on Saturday, Jan. 17 when it travels to Burlington to take on Vermont. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Patrick Gymnasium, with all the live action available at UMBCRetrievers.com.
Scouting the Retrievers (5-11, 0-3 AE):
-UMBC has played nine of its last 11 games away from the Retrievers' home court and will hit the road for two more during its current trip. UMBC returned to the familiar confines of the RAC Arena on Wednesday, but the Retrievers were unable to take advantage of the home-court advantage, falling to the Seawolves, 66-50.
-UMBC received 14 points apiece from junior guards Liz McNaughton and Capree Garner in Wednesday's matchup against SBU. McNaughton knocked down five of her seven shots on the night, but the Retrievers shot 37.0 percent as a team on the night. Garner added six rebounds and a season-best five steals. Sophomore forward Pandora Wilson chipped in a team-best seven rebounds and six points.
-The Retrievers have dropped six straight contests, including its first three America East matchups. During the span, UMBC is shooting 35.7 percent from the field and 29.1 percent from long range for 54.7 points per game. McNaughton has been a bright spot for the Retrievers during the streak, knocking down 45.2 percent of her shots from long range for 9.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
-On the season, Garner ranks second in the America East in scoring (17.9 ppg) and fourth in steals (2.0 spg), while also adding 4.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Taylor McCarley is first on the squad in assists (4.2 apg) second in points (8.3 ppg) and third in steals (1.7 spg).
Scouting the Catamounts (3-13, 0-4 AE):
-Vermont has dropped six straight contests, including its first four America East matchups. The Catamounts are coming off a 64-56 loss to New Hampshire on Wednesday. Freshman guard Sydney Smith registered a game-high 18 points and snagged seven rebounds in the loss.
-Smith is one of two players averaging in double-digit points for UVM, pacing the squad at 13.8 points per game. Sophomore guard Kylie Butler is adding 10.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Senior forward Niki Taylor is corralling a team-best 8.8 rebounds per contest, ranking second in the America East.
-Vermont was picked to tie for seventh with UMass Lowell in the America East preseason coaches' poll with 21 total votes. The Catamounts return three starters from last year's squad that posted a 4-12 record in league play.
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 five 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). Freshman guard Laura Castaldo earned her first collegiate start in Wednesday's game against Stony Brook.
-Sophomore guard Taylor McCarley is averaging 5.8 assists per game over the last eight games, including an 11-assist performance against Penn on Dec. 28, marking just the 10th player in program history to record more than 10 helpers in a game.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC continues road action on Martin Luther King Day when it travels to Hartford for a 2 p.m. matchup against the Hawks.
Inside the Series
-Vermont holds a 14-10 lead in the all-time series, but the two teams have split in their last four matchups. Each team won on their home floor last season.
Last Season's Headlines
-UMBC guard Taylor McCarley knocked down 12-of-15 attempts from the free throw line and finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Bridget O'Donnell matched a program-record with seven blocks, but a late 11-2 run by Vermont's Kristina White and Niki Taylor propelled the Catamounts to a 63-59 victory at Patrick Gymnasium.
-UMBC shot a season-best 56.1 percent and had five players scored in double-figures en route to scoring a season-best 77 points in a 77-62 victory versus Vermont at the RAC Arena.