Women’s Basketball Returns Home to Take on Defending Champion Maine on Saturday

Women’s Basketball Returns Home to Take on Defending Champion Maine on Saturday

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Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC women's basketball returns to Charm City for a pair of contests, starting with defending America East champion Maine on Saturday afternoon. The Retrievers are coming off a 92-47 defeat to Hartford on Wednesday night, as UMBC falls to 8-14, 1-8 AE on the year. Junior Tyler Moore (Portsmouth, Va.) led the team with 11 points, leaving her just one shy of 500 for her career.

Maine Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (8-14, 1-8 AE) vs. Maine Black Bears (16-7, 9-1 AE)
Where: UMBC Event Center - Baltimore, Md.
When: Saturday, February 9 - 1:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stream on ESPN3, live stats on UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @UMBCwbb, @UMBCAthletics, #WE, #AEHoops, #RetrieverNation

Scouting the Retrievers:

-UMBC comes back home after a pair of road losses, most recently to Hartford on Wednesday night 92-47. The Hawks jumped out to an early 10-0 lead and never looked back. Tyler Moore paced the Retrievers with 11 points with Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J.) chipping in 10 in the loss. Both are on pace to eclipse the 500 point mark this season.

-Summers leads the team offensively with 11.8 points per game while grabbing a team best 6.8 rebounds per game. Junior Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) is averaging just under 10 points per game at 9.6 with Moore at 7.5 ppg. Moore is leading the team from deep, shooting 41 percent from three for the year and 44 percent in conference play.

Scouting the Black Bears:

-Maine comes to Charm City winners of five in a row, most recently taking down Vermont on Wednesday, 66-45. The Black Bears used a big second half spurt to pull away from the Catamounts, after only leading by four at the break. Maine is a stellar 8-1 at home this year, but are just 6-5 in true road games.

-Blanca Millan leads the Black Bears, averaging 17.4 points per game, one of three Black Bears in double figures. Tanesha Sutton is averaging 13.4 ppg while leading the team at 7.0 rebounds per game. Parise Rossignol is also over 10 points per game at 12.3. Rossignol is shooting a scintillating 45 percent from three on the year, tops in the America East.  

All-Time Series:

-This will be the second meeting this year and the 33rd meeting all-time between the two with Maine leading the series 20-12. Earlier this year, the Black Bears defeated the Retrievers 84-44 in Bangor to open the America East season.

-The last UMBC win in the series came on February 4, 2017 when the Retrievers defeated Maine 66-62 in Baltimore. Current assistant coach Taylor McCarley had a huge game, scoring 21 points with six assists and six steals en route to the team's sixth win in seven games.

Milestone Watch:

-Junior Tyler Moore is just one point away from number 500 for her career. Moore has scored 166 points already this year, after scoring 78 last year and 255 during her freshman campaign. Janee'a Summers can also hit the 500 point plateau this season, currently sitting at 469 points.

Conference Honors:

-Junior Te'yJah Oliver and freshman Kayla Jackson (Rochester, N.Y.) were named America East Player and Rookie of the week respectively on December 24 for their efforts against Morgan State.

-Oliver and Jackson join Janee'a Summers, Paula Rubio (Madrid, Spain) and O'lesheya Braxton (Paterson, N.J.) who earned America East awards earlier in the season.

Up Next:

-The Retrievers will continue their home stand against Binghamton on #SpreadRespect Night on Wednesday. The Retrievers and Bearcats will wear special Spread Respect warm ups with tip-off coming at 7 p.m. on ESPN+.