BALTIMORE – UMBC women's basketball returns home to start the second half of its conference slate on Saturday, Feb. 1 when it hosts Maine at the RAC Arena. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m., with all the live action available free of charge on UMBCRetrievers.tv, courtesy of the America East digital network. Troy Green and Dan Levin will have the call on Q1370 (www.q1370.com).
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS (2-18, 1-7 AEC): UMBC held the defending league champions to 65 points, its lowest point total in an America East game this season, but the Retrievers turned the ball over 23 times, which translated into 31 Great Dane points, and allowed 19 offensive rebounds to drop its seventh consecutive contest on Tuesday, 65-39. Freshman forward Amanda Hagaman scored a season-best 11 points off the bench for her second consecutive double-digit scoring performance, while the reigning America East Rookie of the Week Sara Tarbert finished with a team-best 12 points. Freshman guard Taylor McCarley chipped in seven points, eight rebounds, a season-best five assists and two steals.
Tarbert earned her third Rookie of the Week honors on Monday, after leading all the league's freshmen in scoring (18.0) and field goal percentage (.583). The Delta, Pa., native hit 10-of-15 shots at Stony Brook on Monday, Jan. 20 to reset her season-best with 26 points for her third 20-point performance of the season and chipped in her third consecutive double-digit effort in Saturday's contest versus Hartford. The forward leads the squad and ranks fifth in the league in scoring (12.8) and seventh in rebounding per game (6.9). McCarley, who has two rookie honors of her own, is second on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game.
SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS (10-11, 4-4 AEC): Maine has dropped three of its last four games, including Wednesday's heartbreaker to New Hampshire, 74-73. Despite the Black Bears shooting 55.4 percent from the floor, UNH's Elizabeth Belanger gave the Wildcats the last second victory on a fall away jumper. Sophomore forward Liz Wood tallied a team-best 18 points and added six rebounds, while Sophie Weckstrom and Ashleigh Roberts combined to chip in 25 points.
During league play, the Black Bears rank second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.343) and first in made three-point field goals per game (7.4). Sophomore guard Lauren Bodine is chipping in a conference-best 2.6 treys per league contest and is shooting at 47.4 percent from beyond the arc. Roberts is leading Maine's scoring attack, shooting 52.2 percent from the field for a team-best 13.8 points per game on the season, both ranking in the top-10 in the conference. Wood is chipping in 12.1 points per game, ninth in the league, and 6.1 rebounds, 11th in the America East.
Maine returned five letterwinners and four starters from last season's squad that finished ninth in the America East and registered a 4-24 overall record. Head coach Richard Barron welcomed back America East Co-Rookie of the Year Liz Wood in his third season at the helm of the program. The Black Bears were picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll.
2014 FIRST MEETING: UMBC freshman guard Taylor McCarley knocked down nine-of-12 free throws and reset her career high with 16 points, but Maine drained eight of its 12 three pointers in the opening half and cruised to a 68-39 victory in front of an ESPN3 audience on Jan. 8. Maine's Liz Wood finished with 17 points and Ashleigh Roberts scored her 1,000th career-point and finished with 12 points.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC holds an 11-10 advantage in the all-time series and has won seven of 10 meetings all-time on its home court against Maine. The Black Bears' victory versus the Retrievers in Jan. snapped UMBC's five-game win streak against Maine. The Retrievers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings against the Black Bears.
ON THE HORIZON FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC hits the road for a pair of road contests starting with a matchup at New Hampshire on Thursday, Feb. 6. The Retrievers have a quick turnaround, traveling to take on UMass Lowell on Saturday, Feb. 8.
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