Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC improved to 12-12 on the season and 7-4 in America East play, picking up its third straight conference victory after defeating Hartford, 64-47, on Friday afternoon. The Retrievers shot 49 percent from the field and outscored the Hawks, 29-13, between the second and third quarters.
-Freshman Allison McGrath led all scorers with a career-high 17 points after going 6-15 from the field, including hitting a career-high five trifectas. Junior Laura Castaldo and seniors Taylor McCarley and Pandora Wilson also registered double-digit outputs on the day, while McCarley added five assists.
-On the season, the Retrievers are averaging 59.6 points, 34.5 rebounds, 12.3 assists, and 7.9 steals per game. UMBC ranks second in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 33.6 percent of its shots from beyond the arc while also ranking third in free throw percentage (71.0).
-McCarley holds onto her spot as fourth among conference players in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per contest, while ranking third in assists (4.5) and first in steals (2.5). The senior is tied for seventh in free throw percentage in conference games, hitting 78.8 percent of her shots from the charity stripe. Castaldo ranks third in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 38.0 percent of her shots from long distance, while freshman Tyler Moore sits right behind her with 37.1 percent.
Scouting the Catamounts:
-Vermont fell to 7-17 overall and 4-8 in conference play after suffering a 66-47 setback to New Hampshire on Thursdaynight. Junior Sydney Smith led the Catamounts with 15 points while red-shirt junior Kristina White added nine points. The Catamounts shot 33.3 percent from the three-point line while going 17-20 from the charity stripe.
-Smith leads Vermont with 12.1 points per game, which ranks tenth among America East players. Freshman Hanna Crymble leads the rebounding front, averaging 6.5 caroms per game (fifth in the America East), while averaging 11.4 points per contest. Crymble also ranks second in field goal percentage, hitting 49.5 percent of her shots. Overall, Vermont is averaging 55.9 points and 38.2 rebounds per contest.
Last Time They Met: UMBC 69, Vermont 66 (OT)
Senior guard Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md. / Academy of Holy Cross) stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks while classmate Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md. / Academy of Holy Cross) added 10 points and six rebounds to help the UMBC women's basketball team defeat visiting Vermont, 69-66, in overtime on January 14. Wilson, a preseason all-conference selection, had been out of action since December 10th due to injury. Her return sparked the Retrievers as she picked up some clutch baskets and rebounds off the bench. In overtime, a Wilson jumper gave UMBC a 61-59 lead, but the Catamounts quickly answered with a three to reclaim a one-point advantage.
Each team would then miss a shot before freshman Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va. / Norfolk Academy) hit back-to-back three pointers in the span of 56 seconds to put the Retrievers up, 67-62. Vermont responded with a three and had a chance to tie late, but Wilson snagged a rebound off a missed shot with six seconds left and passed off to McCarley who sank two free throws to put away the game.
The Retrievers now hold a 15-14 lead over the Catamounts after the victory earlier in the season. Currently, UMBC is on a six-game winning streak against Vermont.
UMBC will return home to the RAC Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 15 when they welcome Albany for the Play4Kay game. Tip-off time is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.