VESTAL, N.Y. – UMBC women's basketball had a pair of its guards earn America East All-Conference recognition at the league's annual awards banquet on Friday night at the Events Center. Junior guard Capree Garner (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) was named to the America East Second Team, while sophomore guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) was recognized on the league's third team.
Both Garner and McCarley finished in the top-10 in the league in scoring during conference play, in addition to pacing the squad in assists and steals. The duo marked the first pair of Retrievers since 2005 to each register 30-point performances in the same season.
Garner led the Retrievers in scoring in 20 games on the year, tallying double-digit points in 25 games, including nine 20-point efforts and one 30-point performance, the first for a Retriever since Jan. 12, 2011. During conference play, Garner added a team-best 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals to her 15.6 points per game, third in the conference.
On the season, Garner ranks fifth on UMBC's single season scoring list with 489 points on the year. She is the 17th player in program history to join the 400-point club and is 11 points shy of becoming just the fourth Retriever to score 500 points in a single-season.
McCarley continued to get better throughout her second season on campus to earn her second straight conference award. McCarley averaged a career-best 11.5 points per game and entered UMBC's single-season record book in free throws made (second with 144), free throws taken (second with 205) and assists (sixth with 136). The Bowie, Md., native dished out four or more assists in 21 contests on the season.
McCarley, a member of the America East All-Rookie Team a season ago, finished in the top-seven of the league during conference play in scoring (seventh at 13.5 ppg), assists (second at 5.2 apg) and steals (fourth at 1.9 spg). The second-year guard registered double-digit points in eight of the last nine games for 14.6 points per contest during the stretch.
The Retrievers (11-18, 6-10 AE) open their 12th America East Championships as the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 Stony Brook (17-12, 10-6 AE) in front of an ESPN3 audience on Saturday, March 7 at 8:15 p.m. inside the Events Center.