BALTIMORE, Md. - For the first time since 2011, the UMBC women's basketball team (2-4) will face off against in-state rival #5 Maryland (7-0) on Sunday, Dec. 4 on the Big Ten Network. Tip-off for the nationally-televised game is set for 2 p.m. at the Xfinity Center in College Park.
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC will take to the road again after falling at American, 70-53, on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Although the Retrievers outscored the Eagles in two of the four quarters, the Dawgs could not overcome a strong showing in the first stanza from the host team.
-Freshmen Tyler Moore and Te'yJah Oliver had career-nights, laying in 17 and 10 points, respectively. Moore went 7-15 from the floor, including sinking three three-point baskets while also collecting six rebounds and three steals. Oliver shot 40 percent from the field while recording two steals and a block.
-The Retrievers are averaging 59.0 points per game and 35.7 rebounds per contest, which ranks fifth and third among America East teams, respectively. UMBC ranks second among conference teams in defensive rebounds (26.7) and three-point FG percentage (.360).
-Junior Lakiah Sims ranks in the top-five among America East players in field goal percentage (.520), free throw percentage (.864), and rebounding (6.3 rpg). Sims ranks eighth in scoring (12.3 ppg) and sixth in defensive rebounds (4.5). Moore is tied for sixth in three-pointers made, sinking 1.7 treys a game.
Scouting the Terrapins:
-Maryland enters as the fifth-ranked team in the country and riding a seven-game winning streak, most recently defeating #7 Louisville, 78-72, on Thursday. In the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, senior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough notched 26 points to help the Terps narrowly escape the Cardinals.
-Walker-Kimbrough paces Maryland, averaging 17.1 ppg, while classmate Brionna Jones leads the team in rebounds (10.0 rpg). Overall, the Terps are scoring 92.6 ppg, which leads the Big Ten and ranks second nationally behind Northern Illinois. Maryland ranks in the top 10 nationally in six other categories, including rebounds per game (50.3/2nd) and field-goal percentage (51.7/1st).
Last Time They Met: Maryland 70, UMBC 59:
Senior guards Michelle Kurowski and Erin Brown each scored 14 points, and the UMBC women's basketball team gave No. 9 Maryland all it could handle before falling, 70-59, in front of a boisterous crowd of 2,305 at the RAC Arena Saturday evening. Maryland scored the first six points of the game, but the Retrievers came roaring back with seven straight points to take a 7-6 lead after 2:24 of action. But with the game tied at 9-9 at the 15:27 mark, the Terps appeared to pull away with a 16-3 run over the next six minutes, which put them up, 26-12. But a 3-pointer by Brown at the 8:39 mark sparked a 16-6 UMBC spurt, which included four 3-pointers and put the Retrievers right back in it, as they trailed just 32-29 with 4:02 left in the first half. Each time Maryland scored, UMBC had an answer, and the margin remained in single digits until a 13-3 Terrapin run gave the visitors a game-high 14-point lead, 64-50, with 3:11 remaining in the game. The Retrievers did not give up, scoring four straight to cut its deficit to eight points, 65-57, with 39 seconds left, but they were forced to start fouling, and the Terps hit five of six free throws down the stretch to hold on for the 70-59 victory.
UMBC will return to the RAC Arena as they welcome Morgan State on Wednesday, Dec. 7 with a 7 p.m. tip-off. Fans who cannot make it to the game will be able to view the game on ESPN3.