BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's basketball team returns home on Saturday, Jan. 11, when it hosts UMass Lowell in the first game of a UMBC basketball doubleheader at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers' women's basketball team opens the afternoon with a 1 p.m. tip-off, followed by the men's team facing off against Maine at 3:30 p.m. All the action can be seen live at UMBCRetrievers.tv courtesy of the America East digital network (now available on most mobile devices), or can be heard on Q1370 (www.q1370.com) with Troy Green and Dan Levin on the call.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (2-12, 1-1 AEC): UMBC evened its America East record to 1-1 after falling to Maine, 68-39, in front of an ESPN3 crowd on Wednesday evening. The Black Bears hit nine first-half threes and saw 31 of their points come off of UMBC turnovers. Freshman guard Taylor McCarley hit nine-of-12 free throws and finished with a career-high 16 points, while sophomore Liz McNaughton hit four-of-five attempts to reach double-digit points for the a career-best three consecutive games.
McNaughton has upped her scoring average from 1.8 ppg as a freshman to 6.0 ppg per game during the 2013-14 campaign. The second-year guard is 62 percent from the floor over the last three games and is averaging 10.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game during the span. Freshman forward Sara Tarbert is the only Retriever scoring in double-figures, ranking seventh in the America East in scoring (12.6), while also ranking in fourth in rebounding (6.9). Sophomore center Bridget O'Donnell is third in the America East in blocked shots (18) and is seventh in defensive rebounds per game (4.5).
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS (0-12, 0-2 AEC): UMass Lowell is winless in its inaugural Division I campaign, suffering a heart-breaking 65-64 contest to Binghamton in its latest contest. The River Hawks led by as many as 17 in the second half, but a 13-0 Binghamton run eliminated the Bearcats' deficit, allowing Morgan Murphy to score the game-winner with 20 seconds to go. Sophomore forward Lindsey Doucette notched her first-career double-double, scoring a career-high 24 points and adding 14 boards.
UML ranks fifth in the league in scoring, averaging 63.8 points per game, but are last in the conference in scoring defense, surrendering 89.3 points per contest. Junior guard Shannon Samuels is the only River Hawk to start all 12 games on the season and leads the squad in scoring (13.7 ppg), assists (3.2 apg) and steals (2.3 spg). Samuels ranks in the top-five in the league in both scoring (third) and steals (second). Doucette is chipping in 8.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.
Newcomer UMass Lowell was picked to finish the season last in the America East conference, after posting an 18-9 record in Division II action last year. The River Hawks finished in fourth place in the Northeast-10 Conference with a 15-7 mark, but return just one starter from last season's squad.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC faces off against conference-newcomer UMass Lowell for the first time.
ON THE HORIZON FOR THE RETRIEVERS: The Retrievers host their ninth annual Midday Madness contest on Jan. 15 versus New Hampshire at noon. The annual event, which welcomes local elementary and middle school students to campus, brought 2,905 fans to the RAC Arena last season, and is set to be even bigger in 2014.
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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