BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball opens the second half of its America East schedule when it hosts UMass Lowell on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in its You Can Play contest. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the RAC Arena, with all the live action available at UMBCRetrievers.tv, free of charge, courtesy of the America East digital network. Tune in to www.Q1370.com to hear the live action, with Troy Green and Dan Levin on the call.
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Scouting the Retrievers (7-14, 2-6 AE):
-UMBC snapped a three-game skid and closed January with a 71-55 victory at Binghamton on Wednesday, Jan. 28. The Retrievers were led by three double-digit scorers, including a career-best 24 points from sophomore guard Taylor McCarley. Junior guard Capree Garner added UMBC's first double-double of the season, registering 15 points and 10 rebounds.
-Through the first eight conference games of the season, the Retrievers are led by a duo of guards in Garner and McCarley. Garner has scored double-digit points in each of the eight games and has team-bests in points (17.9 ppg), rebounds (6.1 rpg) and steals (2.1 spg). McCarley has five-or-more assists in six of the eight contests and is averaging 10.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game during league play.
-Junior guard Liz McNaughton has accounted for 42 percent of the Retrievers' three-point field goals on the season, averaging 1.7 three-point field goals per game on the year and upping that number to 2.4 triples per conference game, ranking second in the AEC. McNaughton is averaging 8.9 points per game since league play began, a career-best for the third-year guard.
Scouting the River Hawks (9-12, 3-6 AE):
-UMass Lowell has won two straight coming into Wednesday's contest, including a 66-49 victory against Binghamton on Sunday, Feb. 1. Senior guard Shannon Samuels and junior forward Lindsey Doucette combined for 32 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists in the victory. Doucette tallied her third double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while senior guard Jasmine McRoy rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points and nine rebounds.
-The River Hawks rank second in the league in scoring offense at 64.7 points per game and lead the league in three-point field goal percentage (32.9). Samuels and McRoy are each contributing double-digit points on the year at 15.2 points and 12.8 points per game, respectively. McRoy ranks second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (36.8) and is knocking down 1.9 triples per game, while Samuels ranks third in scoring (15.2 ppg) and fifth in assists (3.8 apg).
-UML was picked to tie for seventh place in the America East preseason coaches' poll, earning 21 votes after posting a 4-12 league record in their first season in Division I.
Retriever Quick Hits
-UMBC head coach Phil Stern earned his 150th victory as head coach of the Retrievers with the 68-61 win at Vermont on Jan. 17. Stern is two wins away from becoming the program's all-time wins leader.
-Junior guard Capree Garner is 18 points shy of becoming the 17th player in program history to join the 400-point club, for registering 400 points in a season.
-Over the last three games, the Retrievers turned over their opponents 86 times, however, UMBC was only able to convert those turnovers into 56 points. On the season, UMBC is turning its opponents over 19.4 times per game for a +3.6 turnover margin.
- In the two games prior to UMBC's matchup against Binghamton, the Retrievers had struggled from long range, hitting 22.2 percent of its shots from beyond the arc. UMBC made it a point to go inside and succeeded, holding a 22-0 advantage in points in the paint versus the Bearcats.
-UMBC's senior center Dana Lewis added a first to her collegiate career on Wednesday against Binghamton, registering her first career three-point field goal. Lewis finished the contest by knocking down five of her nine shots and recorded 13 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, two assists and two steals.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC continues home action on Saturday, Feb. 7 when the Retrievers entertain New Hampshire in a 1 p.m. matchup at the RAC Arena.
Inside the Series
-UMass Lowell has won each of the first three contests in the all-time series.
Headlines From the First Matchup
-UMBC had three players finish in double-digit points in its America East opener, including a season-high 12 points from freshman guard Laura Castaldo, but the Retrievers shot 29.4 percent for the game to fall to UMass Lowell, 75-62, at the Tsongas Center. Capree Garner finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Liz McNaughton knocked down four of the team's six threes for 16 points and six rebounds for the Retrievers. UMass Lowell was led by 26 points and 12 rebounds from senior guard Shannon Samuels.