After their sixth consecutive win with a 78-62 victory over UMass Lowell, the UMBC women's basketball team will head out on the road for the final time this season as they travel to Stony Brook on Thursday, Feb. 23. The Retrievers and Seawolves will tip-off from Island Federal Credit Union Arena at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC picked up its tenth America East win on Saturday after defeating UMass Lowell, 78-62. The team's 10 conference wins is the second most under head coach Phil Stern, three short of the 2010-11 squad that went 13-3 in America East play en route to a regular season title.
-Against the River Hawks, junior Laura Castaldo had a career day as she led the Retrievers with 24 points off 10-17 shooting and 11 rebounds for her first double-double. Freshman Allison McGrath went 4-8 from the three-point line for UMBC and pulled down six boards in the win. Castaldo and McGrath both earned their first America East Player and Rookie of the Week honors respectively after stellar performances against UML and Albany on Wednesday.
- UMBC's six-game winning streak is tied for second longest in program history. In 2010-11, Stern's squad won seven straight, while the 2015-16 team won six in a row as well.
-On the season, UMBC is averaging 60.6 points and 34.6 rebounds per game. The Retrievers are still second in the conference in free throw percentage (71.8) and three-point field goal percentage (33.3). The team also ranks in the top five in assists (fifth, 12.2) and steals (fourth, 8.2).
-Senior Taylor McCarley continues to pace the Retrievers as she ranks in the top five among America East players in four categories; scoring (fourth, 14.2), assists (third, 4.8), free throw percentage (fifth, 80.0), and steals (first, 2.4). Castaldo ranks third in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 39.4 percent of her shots from long distance, while freshman Tyler Moore ranks fifth in the same category, making 36.0 percent of her attempts.
Scouting the Seawolves
-Stony Brook picked up a win over Binghamton, 74-59, on Saturday to improve to 11-16 overall and 4-10 in America East play. The Seawolves found themselves trailing the Bearcats, 35-27, at the intermission but used 8-8 shooting from three-point range to outscore their hosts, 47-24, in the second half. Kori Bayne-Walker led the Seawolves with 24 points and became the school's 17th 1,000-point scorer.
-Bayne-Walker and Davion Wingate are the leading scorers for Stony Brook, both averaging 11.9 points per game. Wingate, who joined the starting lineup for the Seawolves in December, has scored double-digits in 16 of the 27 games that she's played in this season. Christa Scognamiglio leads the Seawolves in rebounding with 5.6 caroms per contest, a figure that ranks fifth in the America East. Overall on the season, Stony Brook is averaging 57.8 points and 34.5 rebounds per game.
Last Time They Met: UMBC 67, Stony Brook 61
UMBC women's basketball picked up a 67-61 victory against Stony Brook on Wednesday afternoon, thanks in part to an all-around performance by senior Taylor McCarley (Bowie, Md./Academy of Holy Cross). McCarley finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as UMBC wins their fourth straight. Classmate Pandora Wilson (Gaithersburg, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) led all scorers with 18 points, adding seven rebounds. Laura Castaldo (West Nyack, N.Y.) was the other Retriever in double figures, totaling 16 points on 7-12 shooting.
Both teams battled in the first quarter for control of the lead, with each side exchanging baskets. Wilson and McCarley led the Retrievers at the end of the stanza, taking a 16-13 after getting eight points from Wilson and six from McCarley in the period.
UMBC turned the corner in the second quarter, going on a big 20-0 run over an eight-minute span to push in front, 30-13, forcing seven turnovers. The Retrievers held Stony Brook scoreless for much of the period, giving up just seven total points to take a 33-20 lead into the break.
Stony Brook would not back down however. The Seawolves started to warm up from three, cutting the UMBC lead down to nine after a Davion Wingate and one. They would continue on a 15-0 run to tie it up late. However, layups by McCarley and Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) gave the Retrievers a slim 48-44 lead after three.
The fourth saw UMBC hold onto the lead early, but yet again the Seawolves fought back, tying the game with three minutes to go. Wilson would help push the Retrievers in front for good, scoring four of the next six points to help UMBC hold on for a 67-61 win.
Stony Brook holds a 16-15 advantage over UMBC, but the Retrievers are on a two-game winning streak against the Seawolves. Both teams have met four times in the America East Tournament, with UMBC holding a 3-1 advantage in those games.
UMBC will play its final regular season game when they host first place New Hampshire on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the RAC Arena. The conference clash will tip-off at noon on ESPN3 and the Retrievers will honor their graduating seniors prior to the start of the game.