Women's Basketball Heads to Conference-Leading New Hampshire on Saturday

Women's Basketball Heads to Conference-Leading New Hampshire on Saturday

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After picking up their fourth straight win of the season, the UMBC women's basketball team will head to Durham, N.H. to take on the conference-leading University of New Hampshire Wildcats on Saturday, Jan. 28. The conference clash will tipoff at 12 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium on America East TV.

Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC picked up its fourth-straight win on Wednesday after defeating Stony Brook, 67-61. The Retrievers shot 42.6 percent from the field and used a 20-0 run over eight minutes to take a 33-20 lead into the half. After Stony Brook used a 15-0 run in the third quarter to cut the score to nine points and then tied the game up with three minutes left in the game, the Retrievers would get a go-ahead push from senior Pandora Wilson to seal the win.

-Senior Taylor McCarley once against stuffed the stat sheet for the Retrievers, finishing the day with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Wilson led all scorers with 18 points, while junior Laura Castaldo also reached double-digits with 16 points.

-UMBC's four-game winning streak is the fifth-longest under head coach Phil Stern. In 2010-11, Stern's squad won seven straight, followed by last season's six-game winning streak. The 2008-09 team produced five straight wins, while the 2005-06 and 2006-07 teams each won four in a row.

-On the season, UMBC is averaging 59.9 points, 24.7 rebounds, 12.6 assists and 7.8 steals per game, with the last two figures ranking fifth among America East teams. The Retrievers also hold top-five spots in three-point field goal percentage (second, 34.3) and free throw percentage (third, 71.6), as well as defensive rebounds (fifth, 25.0 per game).

-McCarley ranks in the top five among America East players in scoring (5th, 13.7 ppg) and assists (4th, 4.4 apg), while claiming the top spot in steals with 2.4 takeaways per game. Freshman Tyler Moore ranks third in three-point field goals made, averaging 2.5 trifectas a game, while ranking second in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 38.6 percent of her shots from downtown. Castaldo joins Moore on the list, ranking fifth at 37.7 percent.

Scouting the Wildcats:
-New Hampshire enters as the top-seeded team in the conference, staying unbeaten in America East games so far this season. The Wildcats most recently posted a 76-57 victory over UMass Lowell on Wednesday to move to 17-3 overall and are on a school record 11-game winning streak. Against the River Hawks, the Wildcats shot 50.8 percent from the field, thanks in part to junior Carlie Pogue's 11-of-17 shooting. 

-Pogue helps to pace UNH, who broke into the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 last week,  by averaging 14.9 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game, both of which rank third among America East players. The two-time America East Player of the Week is shooting 46.2 percent from the field and is helping New Hampshire average 61.7 ppg and 38.6 rpg, which ranks first among America East teams.

Last Time They Met: New Hampshire 67, UMBC 59
UMBC women's basketball fell, 67-59, to New Hampshire on Senior Day on February 28, 2016. Junior Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) poured in game high 17 points as the Retrievers finished the regular season at 17-12, 8-8 AE on the year. Junior Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) led the Retriever comeback charge in the fourth, scoring four straight to cut the deficit to just 57-52. However the Wildcats would have an answer, keeping UMBC at bay for most of the quarter. Hagaman had a huge and-one late to bring the score to 60-58, but New Hampshire held on to win.

Series History:
UMBC and New Hampshire are meeting for the 28th time, with the Retrievers holding a slight 14-13 advantage over the Wildcats. Last season, UMBC and New Hampshire split their series, each winning on the road.

Up Next:
UMBC will open the second half of the America East schedule at home as they host the Binghamton Bearcats on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the RAC Arena. The conference tilt will tipoff at 7 p.m. on ESPN3 with Troy Green (play by play), Raven Harris (color) and Hailli Woo (sideline) on the call.