BALTIMORE, Md. – After two road games, the UMBC women's basketball team will return home to the RAC Arena to host Morgan State on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPN3, with Paul Mittermeier and Raven Harris on the call.
Live stats will be available at umbcretrievers.com 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.
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC returns home after spending its last two games out on the road. Most recently, the Retrievers traveled down the road to No. 5 Maryland on Sunday, falling to the Terrapins, 92-42. It was the first meeting of the teams since the 2011-12 season.
-Junior Laura Castaldo led the Retrievers with 13 points, going 4-12 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line, while freshman Tyler Moore laid in nine to go along with three assists and two steals. Junior Lakiah Sims led UMBC with eight rebounds.
-The Retrievers are averaging 56.6 points and 34.7 rebounds per contest. UMBC ranks first among America East teams in free throw percentage (.730) and third in three-point FG percentage (.330).
-Sims ranks fifth among conference players in rebounding (6.7 rpg) and fourth in field goal percentage (.491). Moore cracked the top-10 in three-point FGs made, averaging 1.7 per game.
Scouting the Bears:
-Morgan State enters on a five-game losing streak, most recently falling to Dayton, 61-42, on December 2. Against the Flyers, Braennan Farrar led the Bears with 11 points and was one of three players to bring down seven rebounds. The Bears' only win of the season was a 79-28 win against Washington Adventist on Nov. 17.
-Farrar, a preseason All-MEAC selection, paces Morgan State as she averages 14.3 points and 3.6 assists per game. Tykyrah Williams is chipping in 9.6 ppg while collecting a team-high 5.6 rpg. Under first-year interim head coach Edward Davis, Jr., the Bears are averaging 53.0 ppg and rank second among MEAC schools in steals (11.6).
Last Time They Met: UMBC 65, Morgan State 46
UMBC women's basketball used a decisive 26-0 third quarter run to defeat Morgan State, 65-46, in non-conference action on Dec. 12, 2015 at Hill Field House. Sophomore guard Laura Castaldo matched a career-high with 17 points and added five rebounds and three steals en route to the Retrievers picking up their fourth straight victory. The Retrievers relinquished their lead for the first and only time in the game just moments into the third quarter, but UMBC used the decisive run in the third to take the lead for good. The Retrievers shot 66.7 percent from the floor, including a perfect 4-for-4 from three, in the third quarter and recorded 17 points off of turnovers.
Look, Ma! I'm On TV!:
On Nov. 20, 2016, the America East Conference and ESPN announced an 11-year extension to their current media rights agreement that will result in an unprecedented number of events being carried on ESPN platforms. The agreement commences with the 2016-17 academic year and will run through 2026-27. America East's nine member institutions will work collaboratively with ESPN and the conference office to develop their own in-house production operations on their campuses. This will result in a significant increase in national coverage for multiple sports on ESPN3 branded "The AE on ESPN3" showcasing more than 3,000 America East events over the term of the agreement, starting with all men's and women's basketball games and adding other sports in future years. The remainder of all UMBC women's basketball games will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Up Next: UMBC will host local rival Loyola (Md.) on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the RAC Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.