After a thrilling overtime victory over Vermont on Saturday afternoon, the UMBC women's basketball team will head to the Empire State to face five-time defending America East champion Albany. The Monday, January 16 contest will be broadcast on ESPN3 with a scheduled 7 p.m. tip.
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC picked up its first America East conference win of the season with a 69-66 overtime victory against Vermont on Saturday. In extra time, senior Pandora Wilson gave the Retrievers a 61-59 lead before the Catamounts responded with a three. Freshman Tyler Moore would put in back-to-back trifectas to put UMBC out in front, but Vermont responded with their own trey to keep things close. Senior Taylor McCarley would seal the win, however, as she hit two free throws with four seconds left.
-McCarley poured in a game-high 23 points, thanks in part to a 11-14 performance from the charity stripe, while Wilson, who had been out of action since Dec. 10, chipped in 10 points. Moore and junior Laura Castaldo each contributed double-figures.
-On the season, the Retrievers are averaging 58.1 points, 34.5 rebounds and 7.7 steals per game, which ranks fifth among America East teams. Among conference opponents, UMBC ranks second in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 34.6 percent of their shots from long distance; the Retrievers also rank fifth in three-pointers made as they average 6.3 treys per game.
-McCarley paces UMBC as she averages 12.5 points and 4.0 assists per game, followed by Moore who is averaging 10.9 ppg. Moore currently ranks eighth among America East players in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 37.6 percent of her shots from long distance.
Scouting the Great Danes:
-Albany dropped its first America East contest to New Hampshire, 71-58, on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The Great Danes led the Wildcats, 27-14, after the first quarter but would relinquish that lead in the second quarter. Albany would come back to lead the game until early in the fourth quarter, but New Hampshire would take over late into the game for the win.
-Preseason All-Conference selection Imani Tate leads the Great Danes, averaging 19.3 ppg and 2.1 steals per game, which ranks fourth among America East players. Jessica Féquière ranks first among conference players in free throw percentage as she has knocked in 93.6 percent of her shots from the charity stripe, while Tiana-Jo Carter ranks second in blocked shots (1.6 per game).
Albany leads the overall series with UMBC, 19-9, and is currently on a 12-game winning streak. The Retrievers' last win against the Great Danes came back in the 2011 season.
Last Time They Met: Albany 63, UMBC 39
Junior Taylor McCarley led the UMBC women's basketball team with 17 points but the Retrievers ultimately fell, 63-39, to the Albany Great Danes on February 3, 2016. UMBC took an early lead in the first quarter but Albany scored the last eight points of the quarter to lead, 16-13. Junior Amanda Hagaman and senior Capree Garner each helped to end an 18-0 Great Danes run but Albany would end the first half with a 29-18 advantage. The Great Danes would then extend their lead by as many as 13 in the third quarter, taking a 45-30 lead into the final stanza where they would outscore UMBC, 18-9.
UMBC will enjoy a six-day break before hosting the UMass Lowell River Hawks on Sunday, Jan. 22. The 1 p.m. tip-off can be seen on ESPN3 with Troy Green, Raven Harris and Hailli Woo on the broadcast.