BALTIMORE, Md. - The UMBC women's basketball squad will return to the court at the RAC Arena for the first of six local rivalry games, as they host Maryland Eastern Shore on Saturday, Nov. 19. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. with Troy Green on the call on www.americaeast.tv. Live stats will be available here and fans can follow the women's basketball twitter account (umbcwbb) for updates. Access of live stats and video is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
UMBC holds a 9-4 lead in the overall series with Maryland Eastern Shore. Last season, the Retrievers squeezed out a 55-52 overtime win in Princess Anne over the Hawks.
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC is coming off a 2-0 week, where they opened the season with a 67-56 win over Columbia and then posted a 71-51 win in the home opener against Gettysburg College. Against Gettysburg, juniors Laura Castaldo and Lakiah Sims paced the Retriever offense with 14 and 18 points, respectively, while senior Taylor McCarley led UMBC to a season opening victory against Columbia with 34 points. For her efforts, McCarley was named America East Player of the Week.
-The Retrievers are averaging 69.0 ppg and 42.0 rpg. Five Retrievers have already broken the double-digit point plateau, led by Taylor McCarley with 42, while three have collected double-digit boards, with senior Amanda Hagaman leading with 15.
-Sims ranks 14th nationally and first among America East players in field-goal percentage, after going 10-13 (.769) from the floor. The junior set a career-high with 18 points against Gettysburg College and is also averaging 6.0 rpg.
Scouting the Hawks:
-Maryland Eastern Shore enters the contest at 1-1, after posting a 75-28 win over Cheyney to open the season before falling, 106-61, to No. 6/5 Maryland. The win against Cheyney earned the Hawks their first season opener victory in six years and extended its regular-season winnings streak to seven, dating back to last season.
-Under the helm of 13th year head coach Fred Batchelor, sophomore Ciani Byrom returns to the lineup after being the team's leading scorer last season (11.9 ppg). Classmate Keyera Eaton currently leads the Hawks with 14.0 ppg, including a career-high 19 points against Cheyney.
Last Time They Met – UMBC 55, MDES 52 (OT):
Taylor McCarley knocked down 12-of-14 free throw attempts and registered her first 20-point effort of the season to help guide the Retrievers to a 55-52 overtime victory against UMES in non-conference action at William P. Hytche Athletic Center, extending the Retrievers' win streak to five games. The Retrievers' five-game win streak was their first since the 2010-11 season when UMBC won seven in a row.