BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball looks to conclude its road swing with back-to-back victories as the Retrievers travel to Hartford to take on the Hawks in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Chase Family Arena on Monday, Jan. 19. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m., with all the live action available on the America East digital network.
Scouting the Retrievers (6-11, 1-3 AE):
-UMBC concludes its tough road stretch that has featured 10 of 12 games away from the Retrievers' home court. UMBC snapped a six-game skid and picked up its first America East victory of the season on Saturday afternoon at Vermont, 68-61, behind 39 points from junior guard Capree Garner and sophomore guard Taylor McCarley. The duo chipped in 14 rebounds, nine steals and seven assists in the victory, which marked head coach Phil Stern's 150th win at the helm of the Retrievers.
-Garner picked up her 16th double-digit scoring performance and her sixth 20-point effort with a game-high 21 points against the Catamounts, while adding seven rebounds and five steals. McCarley knocked down 10-of-16 free throws to finish with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals in the win. Sophomore forward Amanda Hagaman pulled down a season-best four offensive rebounds versus Vermont and added eight points on four-of-five shooting.
-UMBC's defense forced 28 turnovers against the Catamounts and held UVM to 35.8 percent shooting for the game. On the season, the Retrievers lead the league in turnover margin (+3.35) and field goal percentage defense (37.4).
-Garner is averaging a team-best 17.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game during conference play. McCarley is getting to the line 7.3 times per game in league games and is recording 9.3 points and 4.8 assists per contest, while junior guard Liz McNaughton is hitting 40.9 percent of her shots from beyond the arc over the last four games and is posting 8.8 points per game.
Scouting the Hawks (9-9, 3-1 AE):
-Hartford has won four of its last five contests, including three of four in America East action. The Hawks are coming off a 67-56 victory at UMass Lowell on Saturday afternoon. Senior forward Cherelle Moore knocked down seven of her 12 shots to pace Hartford with 17 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Morgan Lumb chipped in 13 points in the win.
-The Hawks have three players averaging in double-digit points, led by 13.6 points per game from Moore. The veteran forward is connecting on 45.6 percent of her shots, while also piloting the squad at 7.5 rebounds per game. Classmate Amber Bepko is adding in 12.4 points and a team-best 1.8 steals per game. Sophomore guard Deanna Mayza rounds out the trio at 10.2 points and a team-best 5.4 assists per contest.
-Hartford was picked tie for third in the America East preseason coaches' poll with New Hampshire, each totaling 46 votes. The Hawks finished last season fifth in the league with a 13-18 mark in America East play.
Retriever Quick Hits
-UMBC head coach Phil Stern is three 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 5.7 assists per game over the last nine 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. The Retrievers improved to 5-1 on the season with Saturday's victory when McCarley scores in double-figures.
-UMBC opens up a two-game home stretch when it returns to the RAC Arena on Thursday, Jan. 22. The stretch marks the first time since November that the Retrievers will be home for more than one game.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC returns home after playing 11 of its last 13 games on the road on Thursday, Jan. 22 when the Retrievers host Albany in their annual Midday Madness contest at the RAC Arena.
Inside the Series
-Hartford has won five straight in the series to take a 20-5 lead in the all-time series against the Retrievers. Three of the Retrievers' five wins have come at the RAC Arena.
Last Season's Headlines
-UMBC shot 52.2 percent from the floor in the second half and had four players finish with double-digit points for the first time on the season, but Hartford was able to fend off the Retrievers by scoring 44 second-half points en route to a 65-55 win at the RAC Arena.
-UMBC's Sara Tarbert and Taylor McCarley combined for 40 of the Retrievers' points in an America East matchup at the Chase Family Arena, but Hartford used a school-record 16 three-point field goals to defeat the Retrievers, 80-64.