BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball returns home for two of its final three games of the regular season, beginning with a matchup against Hartford on Sunday, Feb. 22. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at the RAC Arena. All the live action will be available free of charge at UMBCRetrievers.tv, courtesy of the America East digital network and will be broadcast live on www.q1370.com.
RAC Arena Promotion:
-Special spirit group performances in their senior night! Stop by the sports marketing table to enter to win an Under Armour prize package.
Scouting the Retrievers (9-17, 4-9 AE):
-UMBC has split its last six games, including an 84-68 loss to the defending league champion Albany Great Danes on Wednesday. Junior guard Capree Garner tallied 23 points, but the Retrievers were unable to overcome the Great Danes shooting 55.4 percent from the field.
-Garner has registered nine 20-point efforts on the season and has double-digit points in 24 of 26 games on the season. Sophomore Taylor McCarley has upped her scoring production in the last six games, averaging 20.5 points during the span and 14.1 points per game during league play, seventh in the conference.
-Over the last six games, the Retrievers are shooting 40.4 percent from the field for an average of 66.3 points per game. UMBC reached 70-plus points in three of the six games. On the season, the Retrievers are 7-1 when scoring 70-or-more points.
Scouting the Hawks (13-14, 7-5 AE):
-Hartford has dropped three in a row, including Wednesday's 55-50 loss at New Hampshire. Sophomore guard Deanna Mayza led the way with 19 points, while freshman Darby Lee chipped in 13 points for her first double-digit scoring game of the season.
-The Hawks have three players averaging over 10 points on the campaign, led by a team-best 12.6 points from both senior forward Cherelle Moore and senior guard Amber Bepko. Moore also paces the squad with 7.2 rebounds per contest, while Bepko is snagging a team-high 1.7 steals per game. Mayza rounds out the group at 10.9 points per game and a team-best 5.2 assists.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC hits the road for the final time in the regular-season with a matchup at Maine on Thursday, Feb. 26.
Retriever Quick Hits
-The Retrievers lead the league in turnover margin on the season (+3.50)
-Junior guard Capree Garner is three points away from entering UMBC's single-season top-10 list in scoring. Garner is the 17th player in program history to join the 400-point club, registering 455 points on the year.
-Sophomore Taylor McCarley is second on UMBC's single-season record book for free throws made (131) and free throws taken (189). Both marks are the most for a UMBC sophomore in program history. After two seasons, McCarley is 16 free throw makes shy of entering the Retrievers' career-list.
Inside the Series
-Hartford has won six straight in the series to take a 21-5 lead in the all-time series against the Retrievers. Three of the Retrievers' five wins have come at the RAC Arena.
Headlines From the First Matchup
-UMBC's Capree Garner and Liz McNaughton combined to hit seven of 13 shots from beyond the arc to help the Retrievers try to eliminate a 15-point second-half deficit, but the Retrievers fell short against Hartford, 70-63, at Chase Family Arena.