BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball jumps back on the road for its second game in three
days when it travels to Stony Brook for a Monday matinee showdown at Pritchard Gym. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. with all the live action will be available, free of charge, on the America East digital network.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (2-15, 1-4 AEC): After winning its America East opener against the Binghamton, UMBC has dropped four straight, including Saturday's 59-63 loss to Vermont. The Retrievers clawed back from a 13-point first half deficit to take its first lead of the contest at 50-49 with 4:20 to go, but Vermont used an 11-2 run to down the black and gold. Freshman guard Taylor McCarley reset her career-highs in points (18) and rebounds (eight), while sophomore center Bridget O'Donnell matched a single-game program record for blocks with seven.
The Retrievers outrebounded the league's third-ranked rebounding team in the Catamounts, marking just the second time this season that UMBC held an advantage in rebounds. UMBC, who is averaging 6.3 offensive rebounds a contest on the year, has 10.7 offensive boards over the last three games.
Sara Tarbert leads all America East freshmen in scoring at 12.2 points per game and ranks fifth in the league in rebounding (7.1). McCarley is up to 9.0 points per game after resetting her career-high for the second time in four games. O'Donnell leads the league in blocks per game (1.8) and is adding 6.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES (12-5, 3-1 AEC): Stony Brook picked up its fourth win in its last five games with Saturday's 86-63 victory against UMass Lowell. Junior guard Sabre Proctor registered her seventh 20-point performance of the season to lead the charge versus River Hawks with a team-best 20 points, while senior guard Teasha Harris chipped in 17 points.
Stony Brook is second in the league in scoring offense at 65.5 points per game, first in rebounding average (41.1 rpg) and is outrebounding its opponents by 7.4 rebounds per contest. Proctor's 16.2 points per game leads three double-digit scorers for the Seawolves and ranks second in the conference, with the junior upping her scoring average to 20.8 points per game during America East play. Jessica Ogunnorin and Chikilra Goodman are both averaging over seven rebounds a game and are combining for 18.4 points per contest.
The Seawolves registered the seventh-best turnaround in the country in 2012-13 after posting a 10-win increase from 2011-12 under second-year head coach Beth O'Boyle. SBU finished the season with a 14-16 overall mark and tied for fourth with a 6-10 league mark. Stony Brook returns eight letterwinners and two starters from a season ago to earn enough votes for third-place in the AEC preseason poll.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC has won seven in a row against Stony Brook, including a 70-59 victory against the Seawolves in the Retrievers' 2013 Midday Madness contest. UMBC concluded the season series with a 52-51 win at Stony Brook on Feb. 20. The Retrievers are an even 5-5 at the Seawolves' facilities, including three-straight victories.
ON THE HORIZON FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC is off until Hall of Fame Saturday at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers will open a UMBC basketball doubleheader against Hartford at 1 p.m., followed by the men taking on the Hawks at 3:30 p.m. The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be inducted that night.