BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball travels to Albany for a midweek ESPN3 matchup. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at SEFCU Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 18.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS:
-UMBC has won three of its last five games, including a 71-64 victory against Vermont in the Retrievers' Play 4Kay contest on Saturday. The victory marked head coach Phil Stern's 153 victory at the helm of the Retrievers, placing Stern as the program's all-time wins leader.
-Sophomore guard Taylor McCarley reset her career-high for the third time in five games in the win against the Catamounts, finishing with 31 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals. Junior guard Capree Garner chipped in her 23rd double-digit performance with 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
-The guard duo of Garner and McCarley are piloting the Retrievers in points, rebounds, assists and steals on the year. Garner paces the team at 17.7 points per game, second in the league, and 5.4 rebounds, while McCarley is chipping in 11.4 points, 4.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Junior guard Liz McNaughton is shooting 36.5 percent from long range for the Retrievers and is draining 1.5 treys per game.
SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES:
-After dropping its first contest in America East play to Maine on Feb. 1, Albany has won three straight to take over first place in the America East. The Great Danes are coming off a 75-53 victory against Binghamton behind 35 points from the reigning America East Player of the Week Shereesha Richards.
-Albany is led by the league's scoring leader in Richards, who is contributing 21.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Freshman Imani Tate is chipping n 13.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. The duo is combining to shoot 55.8 percent from the field.
-Albany, the defending league champions, was an unanimous pick to finish first in the America East annual preseason coaches' poll, receiving eight first-place votes and 64 points overall.
ON THE HORIZON FOR THE RETRIEVERS
-UMBC returns home for two of its last three games, starting with a matchup against Hartford on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the RAC Arena.
RETRIEVER QUICK HITS
-UMBC Head Coach Phil Stern earned his 150th victory as a head coach of the Retrievers with a 68-61 win at Vermont on Jan. 17. Stern became the program's all-time wins leader on Saturday, Feb. 14 with a 71-64 win against the Catamounts.
-UMBC is 7-1 on the season when scoring at least 70 points. On the year, the Retrievers are 5-0 when leading at the break and 9-0 when leading with 10 minutes remaining.
-Sophomore guard Taylor McCarley's 30-point effort versus Vermont marked the first time since 2005 that two UMBC players registered 30-point performances in the same season.
-Junior guard Capree Garner is the 17th player in program history to join the 400-point club, registering 432 points thus far on the year.
INSIDE THE SERIES
-Albany holds a 15-9 lead in the all-time series after winning the last eight matchups. UMBC had won four straight from the 2010 and 2011 seasons prior to the current streak.
HEADLINES FROM THE FIRST MATCHUP
-UMBC's Capree Garner led the Retrievers to a strong performance with 28 points and seven rebounds, but a 7-0 second-half run helped Albany to defeat the Retrievers, 72-62, during UMBC's 10th annual Midday Madness at the RAC Arena.