BALTIMORE – As the regular-season winds down, the UMBC women's basketball team travels to Maine on Thursday, Feb. 24 to take on the Black Bears in America East action. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at Cross Insurance Center.
Scouting the Retrievers (10-17, 5-9 AE):
-UMBC has won four its last seven games and has shot 40.4 percent from the field to average 64.4 points per game during the span. The Retrievers are coming off a 53-51 victory against Hartford on Sunday, behind a trio of double-digit scores. Junior guard Capree Garner, the league's second leading scorer (17.8 ppg), piloted the Retrievers with 16 points, while guards Taylor McCarley and Liz McNaughton chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
-McNaughton leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (36.4) and ranks seventh in three-point field goals made per game (1.6). McCarley is one of three Retrievers that rank in the top five in the league in steals (2.0), while also ranking third in the conference in assists (4.6). Garner leads the team in scoring and in rebounds per game (5.3).
-Senior Dana Lewis registered a season-best 10 rebounds in UMBC's win against Hartford on Sunday. She ranks third in the league in blocks per game (1.1) and is third on the team in rebounds (4.0 rpg).
Scouting the Black Bears (21-6, 13-1 AE):
-Maine has won 13 straight heading into its Senior Night on Thursday to take over first place in the America East. The Black Bears are coming off a 70-56 victory against Binghamton on Saturday behind junior forward Liz Wood's 15th career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
-Maine is led by Wood and sophomore guard Sigi Koizar, who both rank in the top 10 in the league in field goal percentage and scoring. The duo is combining for 18 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four steals per game.
On the Horizon for the Retrievers
-UMBC concludes the regular-season at home when it celebrates Senior Day on Sunday, March 1 versus Binghamton.
Retriever Quick Hits
-The Retrievers lead the league in turnover margin on the season (+3.30)
-Junior guard Capree Garner ranks fifth on UMBC's single-season scoring list with 481 points on the year. Garner is the 17th player in program history to join the 400-point club and is 13 points shy of becoming just the fourth Retriever to score 500 points in a season.
-Sophomore Taylor McCarley is second on UMBC's single-season record book for free throws made (134) and free throws taken (194). Both marks are the most for a UMBC sophomore in program history. After two seasons, McCarley is 13 made free throws shy of entering the Retrievers' career-list.
Inside the Series
-Maine has won three straight in the all-time series to take the slight 12-11 edge in the all-time series. Prior to the Black Bears' current three-game win streak, the Retrievers had won five consecutive matchups versus Maine.
Headlines From the First Matchup
-UMBC's Capree Garner tallied her 19th double-digit scoring game of the season, finishing with a team-best 13 points, but Maine knocked down seven threes en route to a 56-42 victory at the RAC Arena.As the regular-season winds down, the UMBC women's basketball team travels to Maine on Thursday, Feb. 24 to take on the Black Bears in America East action. Tip is set for 7 p.m. at Cross Insurance Center.