Women’s Basketball Closes Out January at Binghamton on Wednesday

Women’s Basketball Closes Out January at Binghamton on Wednesday

UMBC Game Notes

BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball closes out January with a trip to Binghamton on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Events Center. All the live action is available, free of charge, at AmericaEast.tv.

Scouting the Retrievers (6-14, 1-6 AE):

-UMBC has dropped three straight contests since picking up its first conference win of the season against Vermont on Saturday, Jan. 17. The Retrievers are coming off a 56-42 loss to Maine on Sunday afternoon. Junior guard Capree Garner registered double-digit points for the 19th time this season, finishing with a team-best 13 points, five rebounds and three steals. Sophomore forward Pandora Wilson knocked down three of her four shots from the field and all three of her free throws for a total of nine points on the afternoon.

-Garner ranks second in the league in scoring (18.4 ppg) and third in steals (2.1 spg). The junior has registered 19 double-digit scoring games, including seven 20-point performances in her first year with the Retrievers. Sophomore forward Amanda Hagaman ranks third in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting at 53.0 percent for the 7.7 points and a team-best 5.2 rebounds per game.   

-Sophomore guard Taylor McCarley ranks fourth in the America East in both assists (4.3 apg) and steals (1.9 spg). McCarley is chipping in 8.7 points per game, second on the team. Junior guard Liz McNaughton is averaging career-bests in scoring (7.3 ppg) and three-point field goals made (1.6 pg). McNaughton is hitting a team-best 36 percent from beyond the arc on the year.

Scouting the Bearcats (4-16, 2-5 AE):

-After winning two of its first three conference games, Binghamton has dropped four straight, including Sunday's 67-54 loss at Stony Brook. The Bearcats had three players finished in double-figure points, as guards Jasmine Sina, Imani Watkins and Kim Albrecht registered 11 points apiece.

-The Bearcats, who are averaging 59.3 points per game, have dispersed their scoring throughout the season, with four players averaging in double-digit points. Watkins paces the squad at 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals. Sina has drilled a team-best 59 three-point field goals on the year and is adding a team-best 1.4 steals per game to her 14.7 points. Senior forward Sherae Swinson is shooting a team-best 42.6 percent from the field and is corralling a team-best 6.9 rebounds per game to go with 11.6 points, while Albrecht rounds out the group at 10.6 points per contest.  

-Binghamton was picked to finish ninth out of nine teams in the America East preseason coaches' poll. The Bearcats returns just one of four starters that posted a 2-14 record in league play last season.

Retriever Quick Hits

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

-UMBC ranks second in the America East on the season in field goal percentage defense (.385), but ranks last in the category during league games, allowing opponents to shoot 42.7 percent from the field.  

On the Horizon for the Retrievers

-UMBC takes the weekend off before hosting a pair of games at the RAC Arena, starting with a matchup against UMass Lowell on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Inside the Series

-UMBC won both matchups against Binghamton last season, but the Retrievers trail the Bearcats in the all-time series, 16-8.

Last Season's Headlines

-UMBC opened the New Year on a high note by snapping an 11-game skid with a 47-32 victory in its America East opener against Binghamton at the RAC Arena. Sara Tarbert nearly tabbed a double-double with a game-high 13 points and nine rebounds.

-UMBC's Taylor McCarley registered the program's first-ever triple-double en route to the Retrievers picking up a dramatic 66-60 double overtime victory at Binghamton in the regular-season finale at the Events Center. The Retrievers captured the seventh seed in the America East Championships with the victory to earn a matchup against No. 2 Stony Brook.