BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's basketball team revealed the America East portion of its 2010-11 schedule, which tips off at Stony Brook on Monday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m.
The Retrievers are home for five of nine league games in January, including a two-game home stand against Binghamton (Jan. 12, 7 p.m.) and two-time defending conference champion Vermont (Jan. 15, 2 p.m.) following a trip to Maine (Jan. 9), where they have won each of the last two seasons.
UMBC travels to Boston University for a Martin Luther King Day showdown with the preseason favorite Terriers (Jan. 17). The Retrievers swept the regular-season series from BU with a pair of thrilling come-from-behind victories, but the Terriers exacted their revenge in the quarterfinals of the America East Championship with a 60-49 win.
UMBC will hold its sixth annual Midday Madness on Thursday, Jan. 20, against defending regular-season champion Hartford. The Retrievers will welcome hundreds of local elementary and middle school students to the RAC for the noon tipoff against the Hawks.
The Retrievers also host New Hampshire on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. and travel to Albany on Jan. 26 before closing out January at home against Stony Brook at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29.
UMBC plays three of its first four games on the road in February, beginning with a trip to Binghamtonon Feb. 2. The Retrievers host Maine at 12 p.m. on Feb. 5 before traveling to Vermont (Feb. 9) andNew Hampshire (Feb. 13).
The Retrievers will take part in National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb. 5 against the Black Bears, a day which is celebrated across the country to honor the achievements and encourage participation of girls and women in sports.
UMBC will then conclude the regular season with two of its final three games at home. Thursday, Feb. 17, when Boston U. visits the RAC for a 7 p.m. tipoff, will be the annual Pink Zone game to help raise breast cancer awareness. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Retrievers will celebrate Senior Night on Wednesday, Feb. 23, against Albany (7 p.m.), when the team will honor its three seniors, Chelsea Barker, Michele Brokans and Meghan Colabella, before the season finale. Sandwiched in between will be the final road trip of the season to Hartford on Feb. 20.
For the second year in a row, the America East Men's and Women's Basketball Championships will be held in a combined format. The first three rounds will take place at Hartford's Chase Arena March 3-6, while the title games will be played the following weekend at the home court of the highest remaining seeds.
UMBC opens its season at Delaware on Friday, Nov. 12, and plays its first game at the RAC on Monday, Nov. 16, against cross-town rival Coppin State. The Retrievers will play 13 non-conference contests before beginning their 16-game America East slate.
The Retrievers finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 13-17 overall record, including 7-9 in league play to earn a share of fourth place in the conference standings, and they have been picked to finish fifth in the America East preseason poll.
Despite the loss of the program's second all-time leading scorer in Carlee Cassidy, head coachPhil Stern returns four starters from last year's squad, including junior guard Michelle Kurowski, who has ranked in the top 10 in the league in scoring in each of her first two seasons at UMBC, as well as junior center Topé Obajolu, who really stepped up in America East action last year, averaging nearly 10 points per game.