BALTIMORE - UMBC women's basketball looks to end 2016 on a high note as the Retrievers welcome the Coppin State Eagles to the RAC Arena on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. The non-conference finale for both teams will be televised on ESPN3 with Troy Green and Raven Harris on the call.
Live stats will be available at umbcretrievers.com and fans can follow the women's basketball twitter account (umbcwbb) for updates. Access of live stats and video is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC enters its final non-conference contest of the season after posting a 1-1 record at the Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, Va. this past week. Against falling to the hosting Virginia Cavaliers, 56-30, the Retrievers got back into the win column with a 62-51 over Liberty.
-Against the Cavaliers, freshman Tyler Moore led UMBC with eight points while senior Taylor McCarley, who started in her first game since November, chipped in seven points and a season-best five steals. In the victory against the Flames, four Retrievers had double-digit outputs, as Moore and McCarley dished out 16 points each, while junior Laura Castaldo netted 11 and freshman Lucrezia Costa had a career-high 14.
-On the season, the Retrievers are averaging 55.9 ppg and 33.4 rpg. The team stands first in America East standings in free throw percentage (72.2) and third in three-point field goal percentage (34.8).
-McCarley leads the team with 12.8 ppg, followed by Moore with 10.8. Moore also ranks fifth among America East players in three-point field goal percentage (42.0) and is third in treys made with 29. Junior Lakiah Sims ranks fourth in two categories among conference players: rebounding with 6.6 caroms per game and FG percentage, shooting 47.1 percent from the field.
Scouting the Eagles:
-Coppin State enters the final game of 2016 with a 0-11 record after falling to North Carolina, 90-55, on Wednesday, Dec. 28. Against the Tar Heels, Vanessa Neal led the Eagles with 18 points and two steals, while Genesis Lucas chipped in 16.
-On the season, Keena Samuels leads the Eagles as she averages 10.4 ppg, while Chance Graham ranks seventh among MEAC players in rebounding, grabbing 7.2 boards per game. Samuels and Chance help to pace a Coppin State team that is averaging 47.0 ppg and 36.7 rpg.
Last Time They Met: UMBC 68, Coppin State 61 (2OT)
UMBC women's basketball's Pandora Wilson recorded her first collegiate double-double, registering a game-high 21 points and 14 rebounds to help the Retrievers defeat Coppin State, 68-61 in double-overtime in non-conference action at the Physical Education Complex Arena on Nov. 19, 2016. Neither team was able to get anything going in the first overtime as eight of the 10 points in the period came from the free throw line. UMBC's Laura Castaldo and CSU's Keena Samuels traded baskets to start the second overtime, but the Retrievers held Coppin State to just one point over the final 3:47 of the second overtime, while Taylor McCarley and Wilson combined for the game's final eight points en route to the victory.
UMBC will open its 14th season in the America East with a road match-up against Binghamton on Wednesday, January 4. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPN3.