Women’s Basketball Continues Home Action Against Maine on Sunday

Women’s Basketball Continues Home Action Against Maine on Sunday

UMBC Game Notes

BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball continues its home action on Sunday, Jan. 25 when the Retrievers entertain Maine at 1 p.m. inside the RAC Arena. All the live action is available free of charge at UMBCRetrievers.tv, courtesy of the America East digital network.  

RAC Arena Promotion:

-First 100 fans receive a UMBC basketball lanyard. Be selected from the crowd for on-court contests to win Under Armour apparel.

Scouting the Retrievers (6-13, 1-5 AE):

-UMBC has dropped a pair of tough contests, falling 70-63 to Hartford on Monday after being down three with 1:25 to go and playing with the defending league champions Albany for 30 minutes, before allowing a decisive 7-0 run that resulted in a 72-62 victory for the Great Danes. Junior guard Capree Garner has hit 50 percent of her shots during the week for 23.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while classmate Liz McNaughton has combined for seven three-point field goals and 11.5 points per game.

-UMBC ranks third in the America East in scoring (63.0 ppg) and second in field goal percentage defense (.384), but the Retrievers are allowing 68.7 points per game. Garner paces the offense at 18.6 points per game, while also making her presence known on the defensive end with 2.1 steals per game. McNaughton has proven herself as the Retrievers' three-point threat, knocking down 38.1 percent of her shots from long range, third in the conference, for 1.7 treys per game, fifth in the league.

-Sophomore guard Taylor McCarley leads the team in assists per game (4.2) and ranks second in scoring (8.8 ppg) and steals (1.9 spg). McCarley is the Retrievers most efficient at getting to the free throw line (5.6 free throw attempts per contest) and has made a team-best 72 shots from the charity stripe.

-UMBC is shooting 38.4 percent from the field for the season, but the Retrievers have a pair of post players that have knocked down shots at a high percentage. Sophomore forward Amanda Hagaman is shooting 52.7 percent from the field, while senior center Dana Lewis is hitting 48.6 percent of her shots. The duo is averaging 7.8 points and 4.4 points per game, respectively.  

Scouting the Black Bears (13-6, 5-1 AE):

-Maine has won five straight in conference since dropping its America East opener to Albany. The Black Bears are coming off a 74-46 win against Vermont on Thursday. Junior forward Liz Wood scored a career-high 30 points and added six rebounds, three steals and three assists in the victory.   

-The Black Bears are led by a pair of double-digit scorers in Wood and Sigi Koizar. The duo is combining to shoot 48.9 percent from the field for 28.4 points per game. Koizar is piloting the squad at 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals, while Wood is contributing 13.9 points and team-bests in rebounds (7.2 rpg), assists (3.4 apg) and steals (3.0 spg).

-Maine was picked to finish fifth in the annual America East preseason coaches' poll with 43 total votes, three behind New Hampshire (46) and Hartford (46). The Black Bears return 10 letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad that posted a 10-6 record in league play for a fourth-place finish.

Retriever Quick Hits

-UMBC head coach Phil Stern earned his 150th victory as head coach of the Retrievers with Saturday's 68-61 win at Vermont. Stern is three wins away from becoming the program's all-time wins leader.

-Over the last three games, the Retrievers turned over their opponents 64 times, however, UMBC was only able to capitalize those turnovers into 38 points. On the season, UMBC is turning its opponents over 19.3 times per game for a +3.2 turnover margin.

-Junior guard Liz McNaughton is shooting 38.1 percent from three-point range since conference play began for 2.7 three-pointers per game and 9.7 points per game. McNaughton took a career-high 13 three-point shots against Albany.

On the Horizon for the Retrievers

-UMBC jumps back on the road when it travels to Binghamton on Wednesday, Jan. 28 for a 7 p.m. matchup. The Retrievers return with back-to-back home games on Feb. 4  against UMass Lowell and Feb. 7 versus New Hampshire.

Inside the Series

-UMBC and Maine are tied after 22 all-time matchups. The Black Bears snapped a five-game losing streak against the Retrievers with a season-sweep last year.

Last Season's Headlines

-UMBC's Taylor McCarley knocked down 9-of-12 free throws and reset her career high with 16 points, but Maine drained 8-of-12 three-pointers in the opening half and cruised to a 68-39 victory in front of an ESPN3 audience at the Cross Insurance Center.

-UMBC's Sara Tarbert notched her second 20-point effort in the last four games, but Maine matched a program-record with 14 three-point field goals to defeat the Retrievers, 61-48, at the RAC Arena.