After seeing their six-game winning streak snapped in a 57-31 loss to Stony Brook on Thursday, the UMBC women's basketball team will close out the regular season at home on Sunday, Feb. 26 against the America East regular season champion New Hampshire Wildcats. Tip-off of the conference clash will be at noon on ESPN3 with Troy Green (play-by-play) and Raven Harris (color) 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.
A win against New Hampshire, as well as a Hartford victory over Albany, would help secure the second seed in the America East Tournament for UMBC.
Scouting the Retrievers: (15-13, 10-5 America East)
-UMBC's six-game winning streak came to an end on Thursday night after the Retrievers fell to Stony Brook, 57-31, in the final road game of the season. Even though UMBC outscored Stony Brook, 18-9, in the third quarter, the Retrievers were unable to overcome a large halftime deficit.
-Junior Laura Castaldo led the way for UMBC with 13 points, followed by freshman Tyler Moore with six. Senior Pandora Wilson led the team with five rebounds as classmate Taylor McCarley notched two assists and three steals; McCarley has now recorded at least one steal and one assist in the last 19 games.
-On the season, UMBC is averaging 59.8 points and 34.3 rebounds per contest. The Retrievers remain in second among America East teams in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 32.9 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. The team also ranks in the top five in free throw percentage (third, 71.6), assists (fifth, 12.0), and steals (fifth, 8.1).
-McCarley continues to rank in the top five among America East players in scoring (fourth, 13.7 points per game), free throw percentage (fifth, 79.6), assists (third, 4.7) and steals (first, 2.4). Castaldo and Moore both rank three and four in three point field goal percentage, hitting 40.0 and 35.7 of their shots, respectively.
Scouting the Wildcats: (24-4, 14-1 America East)
-The America East regular season champion Wildcats enter the final game of the season on a five-game winning streak, most recently defeating UMass Lowell, 58-45. The win over the River Hawks improved the Wildcats to 24-4 overall, which set a program record for wins in a season at New Hampshire.
-New Hampshire won its first outright America East championship on Saturday with a win against Hartford and also saw junior Carlie Pouge record her 1,000th point and 500th rebound against the Hawks.
-Pouge paces the Wildcats and ranks third among America East players, averaging 16.3 points per game. The junior also leads the team in rebounds, pulling down 7.2 boards per contest. Senior Kristen Anderson ranks second among conference players in assists, dishing out 4.9 helpers per game. Overall, New Hampshire is averaging 61.8 points and 38.3 rebounds per game.
Last Time They Met: New Hampshire 60, UMBC 50
UMBC women's basketball saw their four game win streak snapped at the hands of New Hampshire in a 60-50 loss on January 28. The Retrievers were outscored, 33-18, in the final 20 minutes of the game. Senior Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) led all scorers with 17 points, adding six rebounds and three assists.
The Retrievers held a slim lead coming out of the halftime, but the Wildcats continued to chip away. Both teams struggled in the third quarter scoring, as UMBC held a two-point advantage after three. UNH made their move in the fourth, going on a 10-0 run late to move in front for good, holding on for a 60-50 win.
UMBC and New Hampshire are meeting for the 29th time, with the series all tied up at 14. Last season, the Retrievers and the Wildcats split their series, each winning on the road.
UMBC will travel to the America East Tournament in Portland, Maine for the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 4. Tickets can be purchased here.