CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In the second America East women's basketball ESPN3 broadcast of the season, UMBC hosts Stony Brook for a rare noontime midweek game for the Retrievers' Midday Madness.
Stony Brook (11-7, 3-2) has its most wins since going 18-11 and finishing second in the America East in 2006-07. The Seawolves have done it with their defense, allowing just 53.6 points per game, good for third in the conference 34th in the nation. Stony Brook is also third in the conference in shooting percentage and second in rebounding margin.
UMBC (5-13, 1-4) is looking to get on track in conference play after losing three straight games. The Retrievers went to the America East title game in 2012 thanks to its high scoring offense. Brittany Crowell has carried the Retriever offense during conference play, averaging 14.0 point per game against America East opponents while Raven Harris is averaging 13.2 points per game and leads the conference with 3.6 steals per game.
Another huge early season conference game takes place on Wednesday night, as Albany (14-3, 5-0) visits Boston U. (16-3, 6-0) in a battle of unbeaten conference teams. The Terriers have been red hot, carrying the nation's third-longest winning streak into the game with 13-straight wins. Reigning America East Player of the Week Chantell Alford leads the conference at just over 17 points per game.
Albany also carries a six-game winning streak into Wednesday night's meeting in Boston, edging out Hartford in overtime its last time out. The Great Danes lead the conference in almost every major category, including points per game, points allowed per game, field goal percentage, rebounds, assists and steals.
Also on Wednesday, Maine is at Vermont, and Hartford hosts New Hampshire for 7 p.m. tips.