BALTIMORE - After spending the last two games on the road, the UMBC women's basketball team will return to Baltimore to open America East play at home as they face the Hartford Hawks on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The conference clash will be televised on ESPN3 with Gary Stein (play by play), Paul Mittermeier (color) and Hailli Woo (sideline) 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 dropped both of its opening America East contests, falling to Binghamton, 67-62, on Jan. 4 and most recently at Maine, 72-40, on Jan. 7. The Retrievers' freshmen class led the team for both games, as Te'yJah Oliver posted a career-high 26 points against Binghamton and Lucrezia Costa was the leading scorer for the Retrievers against the Black Bears with 12 points.
-Against Maine, Costa scored six straight-points in the first two quarters to help keep the opening half close and sent a bucket in to close the scoring gap to 21-16 in the second stanza. However, a three-pointer from the Black Bears before the half increased the deficit to 26-18. Maine outscored UMBC, 14-1, in the first five minutes of the third quarter and made four straight baskets to start the final stanza.
-On the season, UMBC is averaging 56.4 points and 34.0 rebounds per game. The Retrievers round out the top five among America East teams in steals, averaging 7.5 takeaways per game while also ranking third in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 34.5 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.
-Senior Taylor McCarley paces the Retrievers, averaging 11.9 ppg and 3.4 assists per game. Freshman Tyler Moore ranks sixth among conference players in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 39.8 percent of her shots from long distance and is making 2.3 treys per game (ranks fourth among AE players).
Scouting the Hawks:
-Hartford opened America East play on Saturday afternoon with a 68-55 victory over Vermont. The Hawks used double-digit scoring from four players to record their third straight win, including a 15-point performance from junior Janelle Harrison. Nearly half of Hartford's 32 first-half points came off of 15 turnovers from the Catamounts; Vermont would commit 27 turnovers in the game, tying a season-best defensive effort for the Hawks.
-Senior Deanna Mayza paces Hartford as she averages a career-high 16.1 points per game and 5.2 assists per game - both figures lead the team. Mayza has scored double figures in the last six of seven games and is helping Hartford average 68.4 points and 32.4 rebounds per game.
-Hartford ranks 8th nationally and first among America East teams in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 39.8 percent of their shots from long distance. The Hawks are also ranked 17th nationally and first among conference teams in steals per game, averaging 12.1 takeaways per game and rank 22nd among NCAA teams in turnovers forced with 21.3 opponent miscues a game.
Hartford and UMBC will be meeting for the 30th time, with the Hawks holding a 22-7 lead in the series. All but one of the meetings have come while the teams have been members of the America East; the Hawks and the Retrievers met back in 2002 at the St. Joseph's Tournament while UMBC was still a member of the Northeast Conference.
Last Time They Met: UMBC 58, Hartford 51
Junior Taylor McCarley scored a game-high 19 points to lead UMBC to a 58-51 win against Hartford on Feb. 17, 2016 to win their third-straight game. The Retrievers shot 43 percent from the field, including a 93.3 percent showing from the charity stripe. After Hartford cut UMBC's halftime lead down to 37-36 in the third quarter, the Retrievers used a 5-0 run and continued on as Pandora Wilson hit a three-point basket to give UMBC a 47-38 lead midway through the fourth quarter. While the Hawks hit a pair of treys to cut the lead to five with 1:30 remaining, the Retrievers would hold on for the victory.
UMBC will remain home as they host the Vermont Catamounts on Saturday, Jan. 14. Tip-off for the ESPN3 broadcast is scheduled for 1 p.m.