No. 6 UMBC Women’s Basketball Faces No. 2 Albany on Sunday for a Shot at the AEC Title

No. 6 UMBC Women’s Basketball Faces No. 2 Albany on Sunday for a Shot at the AEC Title

VESTAL, N.Y. – UMBC women's basketball looks to play off of the momentum of last night's two-point victory when the Retrievers look to be the first sixth seed ever in the America East Championships to reach a title game. UMBC takes on No. 1 Albany in semifinal action on Sunday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. in front of an ESPN3 audience at the Events Center.

UMBC in the America East Championships:

-UMBC is playing in its 12th America East Conference Championships since joining the league in 2003-04 and looks to once again make noise as the tournament returns to Binghamton.

-The Retrievers are 1-2 all-time in conference tournaments as the sixth seed, falling in 2008 and 2010 to No. 3 Boston University, but UMBC is a perfect 4-0 in tournament games at the Events Center.

-UMBC's 2007 run through the America East Championships started with a 67-64 up-set victory against No. 2 Stony Brook.

-Seventh-seeded UMBC became the first team in America East history to defeat the top three seeds in the tournament (No. 2 Stony Brook 67-64/Quarterfinals, No. 3 Vermont 67-56/Semifinals, No. 1 Hartford 48-46/Finals) and were the lowest seed ever to win the league championship. The 16th-seeded Retrievers then fell to top-seed Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Scouting the No. 6 Retrievers (12-18):

-After falling to Stony Brook by an average of 24.5 points per game during two regular-season matchups, UMBC did not trail versus the Seawolves and defeated SBU, 49-47, on a bucket from sophomore guard Taylor McCarley with 3.2 seconds to go in the America East Quarterfinals.

-Junior guard Capree Garner registered her 26th double-digit scoring game with a team-best 19 points and three steals. Sophomore forwards Pandora Wilson and Amanda Hagaman combined for 21 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

-The Retrievers shot 40.4 percent from the field and held Stony Brook to 28.6 percent shooting from the field.

Scouting the No. 2 Albany Great Danes (22-8):

-Albany had a pair of 20-point efforts, while its defense turned Vermont over 26 times en route to a 63-33 victory in the America East Quarterfinals.

-Junior Shereesha Richards tallied a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore Imani Tate finished with a team-best 21 points and chipped in eight rebounds and four steals.     

Inside the Series

-UMBC and Albany meet for just the second time in America East Championships play. The previous meeting came in the 2012 title game at Albany, a 69-61 victory for the Great Danes.

-Albany has won nine straight in the all-time meeting to take a 16-9 lead in the series.

Headlines From the Regular-Season Matchups

-UMBC junior guard 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.  

-The America East's top two scorers combined for 50 points in Wednesday evening's ESPN3 matchup, including 23 from UMBC women's basketball's junior guard Capree Garner, but Albany shot 55.4 percent from the field against the Retrievers en route to an 84-68 victory at SEFCU Arena.