Women's Basketball Seeks RAC Arena Magic as UNH Invades Saturday Afternoon

Women's Basketball Seeks RAC Arena Magic as UNH Invades Saturday Afternoon

UMBC women's basketball will attempt to recapture some RAC Arena good fortune as the Retrievers host New Hampshire on Saturday, Feb. 7. UMBC opened the season with three consecutive home wins, but its last four victories have all occurred on the road. Tip-off is set for 1 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.

Scouting the Retrievers (7-15, 2-7 AE):

- UMBC junior guard Capree Garner scored a season-high 31 points, and the Retrievers shaved a 23-point deficit to three points late in the game, but fell to visiting UMass Lowell, 84-78, in a wild affair at the RAC Arena on Wednesday evening. UMBC shot 51.9 percent for the game, but were outscored, 25-17, in points off turnovers, a large factor in the outcome.

-Through the first nine 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 nine games and has team-bests in points (19.3 ppg), rebounds (6.3 rpg) and steals (1.9 spg). McCarley has five-or-more assists in seven of the nine contests and is averaging 10.8 points and 4.8 assists 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 2.3 triples per conference game, ranking fourth in the AEC. McNaughton is averaging 9.1 points per game since league play began, a career-best for the third-year guard.

Scouting the Wildcats (14-8, 6-4 AE):

-Senior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick nearly earned a double-double with 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell 74-48 in Wednesday's America East game at Lundholm Gymnasium. Kilpatrick made 8 of 14 shots from the field and connected on her second-career 3-pointer on two attempts.

 -UNH has dropped three straight after reeling off five consecutive wins in league play. The Wildcats are 7-4 both at home and on the road this season.   

-The Wildcats are led by junior forward Elizabeth Belanger, who averages 14.8 points and 6.4 caroms per game. Senior guard Ariel Gaston has also excelled, at 10.8 points 3.4 assists per outing and has better than a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.  

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's 31-point effort vs. UML was the 21st 30-point performance in school history and the first since Michelle Kurowski scored 30 versus Binghamton in January of 2011. She recorded the seventh 30-point game in league play this season.

-UMBC trailed UML, 49-26, with 1:00 to play in the first half and 49-30 at the break. They shaved 20 points off the deficit and got as close as 62-59 with eight minutes to play.  

On the Horizon for the Retrievers

-UMBC travels to Long Island to take on Stony Brook on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Inside the Series

- UMBC and New Hampshire are tied in 24 all-time meetings, with UNH winning the last three matchups. UMBC is 6-5 vs. UNH at the RAC Arena and the last victory was a 59-50 triumph in February of 2013.

Headlines From the First Matchup

-Garner knocked down seven of her 10 shots for a team-best 15 points, but New Hampshire used a decisive 19-3 run in the first half to defeat the Retrievers, 67-45 in America East action on Saturday, Jan. 10. Both teams shot 35 percent for the game, but the Retrievers turned the ball over 23 times and allowed for 15 offensive rebounds to account for 23 points for the Wildcats. New Hampshire freshman center Carlie Pogue finished with the game's only double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.  Gaston led all scorers with 17 points.