BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's basketball team opened the New Year on a high note by
snapping an 11-game skid with a 47-32 victory in its America East opener against Binghamton on Saturday afternoon at the RAC Arena. Freshman forward Sara Tarbert (Delta, Pa./Kennard-Dale) earned America East Player of the Game honors by nearly tabbing a double-double with a game-high 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Retrievers spread out their scoring in the contest, with all seven players that entered the game scoring a point. Sophomore guard Liz McNaughton (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) hit four of her eight shots on the afternoon to finish with 10 points and four rebounds, while Amanda Hagaman (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) and Janelle Saling (Lathrop, Mo./Lathrop/Highland CC) chipped in six points apiece off the bench.
UMBC limited the Bearcats to a season-low 32 points to pick up its second win of the season to improve to 2-11 overall and 1-0 in league play, while Binghamton drops its conference opener and falls to 3-11 on the year.
The Retrievers shot exceptionally well from the floor in the opening half and did so right out of the gate, as Tarbert and McNaughton knocked down UMBC's first three shot attempts. UMBC would shoot 52.2 percent from the field in the first stanza, including four-of-eight from beyond the arc.
Saling came off the bench and knocked down a pair of treys to spark a 12-4 run to help the Retrievers extend their advantage to double-digits, 24-13, with 4:19 remaining in the first period. Binghamton shot 25.0 percent from the field in the first half, allowing the black and gold to lead by as many as 13 and take a 12-point advantage into the break, 30-18.
The Retrievers cooled off in the second, but so did the Bearcats, as the two teams combined for 31 points in the period. Binghamton's America East Player of the Game Morgan Murphy looked to chip away at the Bearcats deficit early in the second half with a layup and a pair of free throw attempts, but the Retrievers scored 11 of the game's next 13 points to take its largest lead of the afternoon, 43-23, with 10:07 remaining. Murphy finished the contest with a team-best seven points.
UMBC allowed the Bearcats to trim its deficit down the stretch, as the Retrievers were held to one field goal over the final eight minutes of the contest. The Retrievers, who did not trail in the contest, committed nine of their 14 turnovers in the second half.
The black and gold held a 14 point advantage in points in the paint in the game.
UMBC hits the national stage when it travels to Maine for an ESPN3 America East matchup. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Cross Insurance Center.
-UMBC wins for the first time in the last three tries against Binghamton and moves to 7-16 all-time versus the Bearcats.
-UMBC moves to 4-8 in America East openers and 8-4 in America East home openers.
-UMBC held Binghamton to a season-low 32 points, marking the lowest point total for a Retriever opponent since Vermont scored 32 points on Feb. 9, 2011.
-Janelle Saling now has a three in each of her last six games, including two-or-more in the last three
-Taylor McCarley snagged a season-best three steals in the contest.
February 28, 2014 Women’s Basketball Travels to Binghamton in Regular-Season Finale
February 24, 2014 Tarbert Tabs Program-Record Fifth America East Rookie of the Week
February 22, 2014 Hartford’s Long Ball Halts UMBC’s Comeback
February 21, 2014 Women’s Basketball Travels to Hartford on Saturday
February 18, 2014 Women’s Basketball Takes on Stony Brook in Home Finale
February 17, 2014 Tarbert Earns Fourth Rookie of the Week Honor
February 16, 2014 UMBC’s Hot Shooting Downs Vermont, 77-62
February 15, 2014 Women’s Basketball Continues Homestand on Sunday Versus Vermont
February 14, 2014 Women’s Basketball Game Versus Vermont Pushed Back to Sunday at Noon
February 10, 2014 Women’s Basketball Opens a Three Game Homestand Tuesday
February 8, 2014 Late Run Downs Women’s Basketball at UMass Lowell, 59-51
February 7, 2014 Women’s Basketball Continues Road Trip at UMass Lowell
February 6, 2014 Women’s Basketball Outlasted by New Hampshire, 46-35
February 5, 2014 Women’s Basketball Hits the Road to Take on New Hampshire
February 1, 2014 Maine’s Three Ball Drains UMBC Women’s Basketball, 61-48
January 31, 2014 Women’s Basketball Returns Home to Take on Maine Saturday
January 28, 2014 Women’s Basketball Falls to Defending League Champion Albany, 65-39
January 27, 2014 Tabert Snags America East Rookie of the Week Honors
January 25, 2014 Women’s Basketball Held Off by Hartford, 65-55
January 20, 2014 McCarley Earns Second Straight America East Rookie of the Week Honor
January 20, 2014 Women’s Basketball’s Comeback Falls Shy at Stony Brook, 66-62
January 19, 2014 Women’s Basketball Travels to Stony Brook for Monday Matinee
January 17, 2014 Women’s Basketball Opens Tough Weekend at Vermont
January 14, 2014 Women’s Basketball Hosts UNH in Ninth Annual Midday Madness
January 13, 2014 McCarley Garners First America East Rookie of the Week Honors
January 11, 2014 Late Run Drops Women’s Basketball Against UMass Lowell, 65-57
January 10, 2014 Women’s Basketball Hosts Conference Newcomer UMass Lowell
January 8, 2014 Women’s Basketball Falls at Maine, 68-39
January 6, 2014 Women’s Basketball Travels to Maine for ESPN3 Matchup
January 3, 2014 Women’s Basketball Opens America East Play Versus Binghamton
December 30, 2013 Career Shooting Day From Ohio Downs Women’s Basketball
December 29, 2013 Women’s Basketball Drops JMU Invitational Opener to Norfolk State, 56-43
December 28, 2013 Women’s Basketball Opens Invitational Versus Norfolk State
December 21, 2013 Women’s Basketball Falls Short Against Loyola, 56-49
December 20, 2013 Retrievers Return to Action at Loyola After 13-Day Hiatus
December 9, 2013 Retrievers Open Four-Game Road Swing at Bucknell on Tuesday
December 6, 2013 Women’s Basketball Returns Home to Take on VCU on Saturday
December 3, 2013 Stern Inks Four in Early Signing Period for Women’s Basketball
December 2, 2013 Tarbert Earns America East Rookie of the Week Honors
November 30, 2013 Long Ball Drains Women's Basketball Versus Brown, 92-53
November 29, 2013 Turnovers and Foul Trouble Dooms Women’s Basketball Against Rider, 60-48
November 27, 2013 Women’s Basketball Travels for a Pair of Games at the Navy Classic
November 26, 2013 Women’s Basketball Late Run Falls Short Against Towson, 64-57
November 25, 2013 Women’s Basketball Continues Road Swing at Local-Rival Towson
November 23, 2013 Women’s Basketball Battles, But Falls to NEC Favorite Robert Morris
November 22, 2013 Women’s Basketball Hits the Road to Take on Robert Morris
November 19, 2013 Women’s Basketball Closes Out Homestand Against American
November 18, 2013 Tarbert Named America East Rookie of the Week
November 16, 2013 Women’s Basketball Downed by UMES, 68-45
November 15, 2013 Women’s Basketball Hosts UMES on Saturday
November 13, 2013 Women’s Basketball Falls to Cross-Town Rival Coppin State, 78-62
November 12, 2013 Women’s Basketball Travels to Cross-Town Rival Coppin State
November 7, 2013 2013-14 Women's Basketball Season Outlook
September 5, 2013 America East Releases 2013-14 Women’s Basketball Conference Slate
August 7, 2013 Stern Names Additions to Women’s Basketball Staff