Women's Basketball Set to Open 2016-17 Season at Columbia

Women's Basketball Set to Open 2016-17 Season at Columbia

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In his 15th season at the helm of the UMBC women's basketball program, head coach Phil Stern will lead his team into a season-opening battle with Columbia on Friday, Nov. 11 with a 2 p.m. tip-off. Video of the game will be available through the Ivy League Digital Network, along with an audio only stream. Live stats are also available here.

The Match-up:

This is the second season where the Retrievers have squared up against the Lions to open the season. Last year, Columbia squeaked out a 70-68 overtime win over UMBC at RAC Arena to kick off the 2015-16 campaign. In the overall series, UMBC holds a 3-1 lead over Columbia. During the Stern era, the Retrievers are 1-1 against the Lions.

Scouting the Retrievers:

-UMBC enters the 2016-17 campaign after posting an 18-14 record and finishing third in America East play with an 8-8 mark a season ago. The Retrievers experienced the postseason for the first time since 2012 as they hosted the first round of the WBI Tournament and picked up the program's first tournament win with a 61-49 victory over Fairfield.

-Head coach Phil Stern enters his 15th season at the helm of the UMBC program and will lead his team into the season picked second in the preseason coaches' poll, the second highest under Stern's tutelage after the 2011 reigning America East champions were picked to finish first.

-Nine letterwinners return to the court for the Retrievers this season, including first-team All-Conference and All-Defensive team selection Taylor McCarley and second-team All-Conference honoree Pandora Wilson. McCarley also led UMBC in scoring, while Wilson led the squad in rebounding.

Scouting the Lions:

-Under first year head coach Megan Griffith, the Columbia Lions will enter the 2016-17 season after finishing last season 12-17 overall and 1-13 in Ivy League play. Griffith, who was a three year captain for the Lions will look to lead a veteran team with 13 letterwinners returning and only one starter lost in Sara Mead.

-Columbia brings back four starters including top scorer and Second Team All-Ivy League selection Camille Zimmerman (14.4 ppg), three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week Emily Surloff, top three-point shooter Alexa Giuliano (made 58 threes), and Tori Oliver, who ranks seventh in program history in career points.

Up Next: UMBC will open a four-game homestand at the RAC Arena when they host Gettsyburg College on Sunday, Nov. 13. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.